Most people struggle to stay fit over fifty. As you begin to age, your health needs begin to change.
Age fifty is a particular milestone, because you begin to need a more focused
exercise plan and diet to stay fit. Here are seven interesting tips for anyone
over fifty to follow so that they can ensure a longer, healthier life.
Food is your body''s fuel, like any machine it can only
work as long as the fuel allows it to work. At this age, it is even more
important to eat fruits and vegetables to boost levels of key vitamins and
nutrients. Since your digestive system is particularly vulnerable as you age,
fiber should also be a key part of every meal. Not only will it help relieve
any digestive distress, but fiber will provide a boost of energy throughout the
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You may not be as young as you were before, but there are
many ways to stay physically fit as you age. Consult a doctor beforehand, but
walking, swimming, and biking are all great ways to maintain your health and
figure. It is important to start with low impact exercises for those who have
not been regularly athletic throughout their lives. In the same line of
thought, it is even more important to rest your body in between days of working
out. Try to alternate body parts and exercises during your workout. For
example, do some light free weights one day and some walking the next.
Your body is not the only thing that needs extra
attention to stay in top form after fifty. You should focus on your mental
health and acumen as you age. By reading, writing, playing puzzle games, and
yes, even video games, you can keep your mind just as sharp as ever. There are
many studies that show that something as simple as a regular game of chess
prevents neural networks from deteriorating as you age.
One of the most often overlooked aspect of getting older
is the amount and quality of rest that is needed. Like any other adult, people
fifty and older should get between eight and ten hours of sleep. When you
sleep, your body regulates the hormone cortisol, also known as the stress
hormone. It is crucial that you have a restful sleep in order for your body to
regulate this hormone, because it can cause a variety of health problems
throughout various aspects of your life. Sleep
is also crucial in controlling your weight, particularly your ability to lose
weight. It would be wise to have a proper mattress to ensure that you get a
good night''s sleep, and reap the benefits daily. A
pressure care mattress suited for pain relief, especially after a workout,
can help you get optimal results from your sleeping.
5. Have Regular Visits With Your Doctor
At this point in your life, you need someone to talk to
about all of your health concerns. After all, your body is changing and it is
important to be sure that all of the changes are normal and not signs that you
have an underlying health problem. Just as you have a dentist that you go to
see, you should have a primary care physician with whom you may consult and
Did you ever wake up with your heart beating a bit faster
than it should be, but returned to normal so you did not want to trouble
yourself with a doctor? Then you should be writing down this abnormal bodily
behavior, along with any other unusual symptoms. You can jot down non-serious
issues to take with you to discuss with your doctor at a regular check-up.
especially over fifty, die from the influenza. Make sure that you
know the limits of your immune system as you age, and take precautionary
measures such as vaccines to assure that you are not at an unnecessary risk for
sickness. Aside from a flu vaccine, make sure that you are vaccinated against
shingles, as it is quickly becoming one of the most serious conditions facing
Age fifty is not the beginning of a steep decline in
health or fitness. In fact, by following these seven tips, you can be assured
that you are heading for a lifetime of great personal care and healthy living.
Following all of these will improve your quality of life, no matter how long
Over 50, Overweight & Out Of Breath: A Year Of Going From Super Fat To Super Fit.This article is contributed by Alex Pejak. She is a health blogger from Australia, who also likes to travel and write about her experiences
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