Fighting Fit In Later Life: Health Hacks You Won't Want To Miss
Aging is part and parcel of life, but they say that you’re only as old as you feel. Getting older can put you at greater risk of certain health problems, but there’s no reason why you can’t enter old age in fine fettle. Here are some health hacks you won’t want to miss if you’re keen to be as fit as a fiddle in later life.
As you get older, you may find it more difficult to keep up with your usual exercise regime, but staying active can have incredible benefits for both your physical and mental health. You may not be able to go all-out in the gym or run for miles, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get your body moving. Switch running for a gentle jog or a power walk or try activities like swimming or kayaking. Take up new hobbies like dancing, golf or playing cricket or join a rambling club. As long as you’re moving around on a regular basis, it doesn’t really matter what kinds of activities you do. Exercising can also have great social benefits.
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Look after your eyes
It’s well-documented that aging is likely to have a negative impact on your sight. It’s really beneficial to try and protect your eyes as much as possible throughout your life, but it’s particularly important to prioritize your eyes as you get older. Book regular appointments with optometrists, and seek advice if you notice any changes in your vision or you experience symptoms such as double vision or blurred vision. If you find that you’re straining to see the television or you’re finding it difficult to read or see signs in the distance when you’re driving, it’s a good idea to organize an eye test. Wear sunglasses when it’s bright outside, and rest your eyes if you tend to use a screen on a regular basis.
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Socializing can become increasingly difficult as you get older, especially if you can’t drive or you find it difficult to get around. Try and stay in touch with friends and family via phone calls and social media if you don’t live nearby, and consider taking up new hobbies or joining local clubs or societies if you are keen to meet new people.
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As you age, your body becomes more susceptible to illness and injury, and it’s really important to make an effort with your diet. If you have health problems or you’re at risk of conditions, ask your doctor or a nutritionist for advice. If you have osteoporosis, for example, you may be advised to include more calcium-rich foods in your diet. Try and ensure that your diet is packed with vitamins and minerals and monitor your intake of sugar and saturated fat. Age is a risk factor for heart disease, so avoid processed, fatty foods and try and increase your intake of whole grains, fruit and vegetables.
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As you get older, you tend to think about your health more. When you’re young and sprightly, it’s easy to assume that you’ll be fighting fit forever, but sadly, that’s not always the case. If you are worried about your health as you age, start taking steps to protect your body and boost your physical and mental health now. Keep up to date with health checks, move your body every day and ensure you have a balanced diet.