As you get older, your health becomes more of a focus. You might start to notice a decline in your physical capabilities, as well as wider health problems. That’s why it’s super important to actively look after your health. Here are nine tips for seniors to stay healthy:
It’s never too late to start exercising. Of course, as a senior, you’re probably not going to start running ultramarathons. But that doesn’t mean you can’t move your body enough to get the benefit. The best form of exercise for seniors is simply walking. Walk around your local area, garden, or even your house. Try to aim for between 30 and 45 minutes per day, and you will start to see the benefits almost immediately.
Take supplements as necessary
Supplements can be really useful, especially to seniors. They allow you to get the most important vitamins and minerals without having to change your diet. Talk to your primary care physician about the best supplements to take and go from there.
Eat a healthy diet
As your health becomes more of a focus, your diet will become even more important. For example, if you have high blood pressure, you might need to avoid salt. Again, this is something you should talk to your doctor about. In general, though, you should focus on eating plenty of vegetables and protein.
Wash your hands frequently
As your immune system gets weaker, it’s important to protect yourself against infections. That means you should wash your hands frequently and be careful about touching surfaces. Keep a vigilant attitude to germs, and you should be able to avoid a lot of minor illnesses.
Consider medical intervention
If you have a specific problem with your body, it might be worth getting the medical intervention you need. For example, if you are seriously overweight, you could consider weight-loss surgery with Olde Del Mar Surgical.
Learn how to manage stress
Stress is one of the most dangerous things we can encounter. And it’s something we cause ourselves. In your old age, it’s important to learn how to manage stress effectively. Talk about your concerns, and try to reduce any stress in your life.
Get plenty of rest
Rest is increasingly important as people get older. You can’t do the same things you could do in your 20’s. Accepting that and getting plenty of rest will make you feel healthier and could help you live longer. There’s nothing wrong with staying an extra hour in bed when you’re retired.
Schedule annual physicals
You should adopt a proactive attitude toward your health. Don’t wait for something to go wrong because it could be too late to fix it. Instead, schedule annual physicals and find out before it’s too late. You will either get a clean bill of health or find out about a problem early enough to get treatment.
Avoid contact with people who are sick
As a senior, it’s important to avoid contact with people who are sick. A minor illness could turn into something more serious very quickly. Don’t be afraid to ask your visitors if they are feeling okay and sit across the room from them if possible.
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