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It's Totally Possible To Be Happy, Healthy & Old

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People are living longer these days thanks to a myriad of reasons. But while this is fantastic news and a truly wonderful realization, it does mean that people need to more aware of those ways in which they look after themselves. Longer lives don't mean there won’t be complications, there will be, and that means you need to do all you can to lead a healthy and happy life in your old age.

To help you achieve all this, and more, we have come up with a few expert tips and tricks on how to stay healthier, happier, stronger and switched on right the way through your golden years.

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Know It Is Never Too Late To Start

One of the biggest threats to your health is your attitude. Too many people it is too late for them to start leading a healthy and active life. They believe the damage has been done and the damage is irreparable. But that simply isn’t true. If you are in your 40s, then start now, but even if you are in your 70s, taking action to reduce your risk of ill-health can have a huge influence. This is because there are so many different things you can do to improve your health well into your old age. It is just a matter of attitude.

Stay Fit And Stay Active

Sure, one day in the future there may be a pill that can take over from exercise, but that day isn’t here yet, and so exercise is still the number one way stay young and healthy, and it is never too late to start. What exercise does is control your body weight, strengthen your muscles, lower your blood pressure and improve your flexibility. This not only means you are less likely to have an accident, it also means your metabolism increases, meaning you are less likely to suffer from a chronic illness. It doesn’t have to be strenuous. Walking, gardening, swimming; all of these will have massive effects.

Get Professional Advice

As the old saying goes, it is better to prevent than aid, and in order to prevent it is best to know. As such, go to your doctor to get screened and get screened regularly. If you are a resident in a care home like Riddle Village, then take advantage of the skilled nursing care there. Seek help. If it is a physical health concern, get it looked at. If it is a mental one, such as loneliness or depression, then seek therapy. After all, you don’t have to do things alone so don’t.

Stretch Morning & Night

Staying limber is one of the best ways to stay on your toes, and a great way to do this is through simple stretching. When you’re inactive, your muscles shorten, they stiffen too, but by stretching you can address this. It could be joining a yoga class that makes the difference, or Tai Chi, maybe even just stretching when you wake up. You’ll be surprised at how effective this is in relieving discomfort. What’s more, it will help improve your breathing, your circulation, your balance and strength and your mindset. That’s way more than two birds with one stone. 
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