Staying Active and Healthy as You Age
Staying active and healthy is one way for you to prevent illnesses and take care of your body. For seniors 65 and above, something as routine as the common flu can progress into more serious illnesses such as bronchitis or pneumonia. However, by continuing to be active and healthy, you can ensure your immune system continues to protect you, reducing the likelihood of serious complications from common illnesses. The following tips will lead you to a healthier lifestyle, and that will help you stay healthy as you age.
Most seniors will find it difficult to work out with weights. As you age, you tend to lose muscle and your bones do become brittle. You need to take a different approach to exercise. Chair exercises for seniors have been quite a trend. The chair serves as a base to provide you with support and a little bit of assistance as you perform the exercises. These exercises range from chair squats, chair push-ups, to leg raises. Overall, you can get a whole-body workout and all you need is a chair. For those that like to build some muscle tone, you may also want to consider getting light weights to use with some chair exercises such as bicep curls.
With your physical health covered, you also want to take some time to focus on your mental health. Meditating for as little as 5-10 minutes a day can help you do that. You may also want to consider going out for a walk to a nearby park. These activities will help you keep your mind fresh and limit any stress you may have.
Eat healthy foods
How your body feels, looks and functions has a lot to do with what you eat. Plus, as you age, your metabolism starts to slow down. So, if you have an unhealthy diet, it will show. Ideally, you want to have a diet that is high on green vegetables, lean meats, and fruits. These give your immune system a boost and will protect you from viruses and bacteria. Both fruits and vegetables are a high source of antioxidants, keeping your healthy.
At the same time, you want to limit your intake of food that is high on sugar and fats. Both contribute to lowering the functionality of your immune system and can trigger inflammation within your body. Alcohol consumption is another aspect you want to watch. You can consult with your doctor for guidelines on how much alcohol you may consume per week, they will guide you according to your health.
Wash your hands regularly
Staying clean is a great way to stay healthy. Unfortunately, viruses and bacteria are not visible to us but are present everywhere. You can easily catch an illness by touching a virus-covered surface and proceeding to touch your face. The best way to fight against this is by regularly washing your hands. When you wash your hands, be sure to use warm soapy water and wash thoroughly, covering every aspect of the hands, washing for 20 seconds. Antibacterial sanitizers can also be used when you don’t have access to a sink.
Staying active and healthy isn’t difficult but it does require a bit of effort. You need to consciously be willing to work to remain healthy. Only then will you be able to fight viruses and build up your immune system and overall body.
Joseph Jones has been writing senior care and aging-related articles for years. He got his start while writing for a personal blog before he was offered to work at California Mobility in 2018 as the Content Marketing Manager, creating highly informative guides and health awareness articles for aging adults.
He’s currently contributing to a variety of blogs in the senior health industry in hopes to spread information about taking care of seniors and what to expect in the aging process.
We hope you enjoyed Joseph’s article and we thank you for spending time with us today. Wishing you the best of health!
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