As we get older, it becomes more important to look after our health. Our bodies do indeed change as we age, but it doesn’t mean you have to miss the things you love most. Here are a few handy hints to help you live a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you should give up your active lifestyle. On the contrary, keeping fit can provide many other benefits, including mental health, happiness, sleep quality, lower blood pressure and better overall health.
Our bodies need regular exercise to remain healthy over time. Starting small and building strength and endurance is key with any exercise plan. If you have any concerns with aching joints, then low impact exercise like swimming, walking or cycling is a great place to start and can be enjoyed with friends. What matters most is consistency over time and choosing activities you enjoy doing so you stick with it.
Reducing alcohol intake
Your body is an intricate machine, and its workings are similarly complex. One of the easiest things you can do to promote good health is to drink less alcohol. Although no one can predict what our future health will look like, there are many positive health benefits associated with reducing alcohol intake. These include a reduction in heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Even if they do so frequently, those who drink moderately will likely have healthier hearts and better cholesterol profiles.
If you want to be healthy and feel your best, eating a balanced diet is essential. By eating enough nutritious foods and getting regular exercise, you’ll boost your energy and be better prepared to fight off illness.
Simple tips for great nutrition:
- Drink plenty of fluids, mostly water.
- Eat three meals a day, plus snacks with a variety of vegetables, fruits, lean meats and fish, dairy, grains and cereals.
- Consume plenty of protein, both animal and plant.
- Avoid food high in fat, sugar and salt
Learn new skills and socialising
One of the most important things we can do for our brains, especially as we age, is keeping them from getting bored. Learning a new skill or picking up an old one is the perfect way to keep our minds ticking. For example, you could try your hand at drawing, photography, languages or music. There is plenty of online resource and apps to learn new skills, or you might find someone in your community is interested in learning or teaching the very thing you choose to explore.
Seeing friends and joining in with others can energise your life and create opportunities for new experiences you might not have considered yourself.
Keeping ahead of any health issues
In addition to the above tips, it’s a good idea to get regular checkups. Being aware of your physical limitations and seeing the doctor earlier rather than later with any changes you experience can help identify a later health issue early. Regularly checking in with your mental health is also essential. If you find yourself socially withdrawing or not wanting to get outside the house, it’s a good idea to talk to family, friends or your GP.
If you would like to find out more about how our Treeview community stay active and social, make a time to come and visit our village, meet some residents and learn about our sport, hobbies and social clubs.