Improve Your Health With These Great Tips
Just because you are a senior does not mean that you can’t be proactive and progressive about your health and your well-being. As a matter of fact, it’s more important to be mindful of your health as a senior than during any other age of your life. It’s always helpful, of course, to have some handy tips that you can use along the way. To better help you with maintaining and improving your senior health, try these 10 tips on for size.
Stay active: according to numerous doctors, an active lifestyle is an integral part of your senior health routine. Those who remain active as opposed to sedentary generally live much longer. According to the National Institute for Health: “Regular physical activity and exercise are important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults. Staying physically active and exercising regularly can produce long-term health benefits and even improve health for some older people who already have diseases and disabilities.”
- Eat healthy foods: This is important at all stages of life, but especially as a senior. Your body requires fewer nutrients and your metabolism is less capable of metabolizing fats and sugars. According to LiveScience.com: “In the study, older adults who ate mainly healthy foods such as vegetables, fruit, poultry, low-fat dairy products and whole grains, had a lower risk of death over a 10-year period than those who ate less-healthy foods, including high-fat dairy products.”
- Don’t smoke: If you are a smoker, consider giving up the habit. Studies show that those who smoke die the youngest of any age bracket and are at high risk of contracting multiple smoking related illnesses. According to the National Cancer Institute: “There are many immediate benefits of quitting smoking such as: lowered heart rate and blood pressure, carbon monoxide levels begin to decline resulting in an increase in the blood’s ability to transport oxygen, and an increase in lung function.”
- Moderate alcohol consumption: Your liver has already taken a lifetime of shock processing toxins and is less capable of cleansing your body. Limit your consumption of alcoholic beverages to maintain good senior health, especially if you are taking daily medications. According to the Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council: “Many medicines, prescriptions, over-the-counter, or herbal remedies can be dangerous or even deadly when mixed with alcohol. Many older people take medications every day, making this a special worry.”
- Keep good friends: Studies show that seniors who have companionship are likely to live longer and happier lives than those who do not. Indeed, friendship is an important part of senior health. According to a study that was conducted by Brigham Young University in Utah covered by Livescience.com in a report states: “people with strong social relationships increased their odds of survival over a certain time period by 50 percent.”
- Keep a pet: According to numerous reports, pets help aid in maintaining senior health by keeping stress levels and blood pressure low. A study that was written by Mao Shing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., PhD concluded that: “almost every pet owner out there will tell you that their animal companion enriches their life in more ways than they can count, but it turns out that pets actually help prolong their lives, too. Numerous studies have shown that having pets helps lower our stress levels, decrease blood pressure, benefit our cholesterol, improve our mood, and boost our immunity – in other words, lengthen our life span!”
- Stay happy: Depression can actually be a killer later on in life. Seniors who are happy are reportedly longer lived than those who are not, and demonstrate more enhanced senior health. A study that was published in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that happy people lived 35% longer than unhappy people.
- Don’t procrastinate doctor appointments: It’s critical as part of your senior health routine to see your doctor regularly, so you can keep up to date on your medications and health.
- Set reminders for medicines: Keep a handy medication taking reminder with you so you don’t forget to take your dosages on time.
- Laugh more often: laughter is the best medicine. According to a study that was conducted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, those who laugh more live longer; about 35% longer. So laugh often as part of your daily senior health routine, and live longer.