How To Take Care Of Your Health As You Start Getting Older

There are many joys associated with getting older. For example, people often say they feel much more grateful for the little things in life as they age, such as spending time with their family and loved ones. However, you’ll also notice that your body changes considerably during this time – and not always for the better.

With that in mind, here are some ways in which you can take better care of your health as you start to get older. 

Stay active. 

One of the best pieces of advice that you should take on board when looking to care for your health is to stay as active as possible. This is because it “can prevent or delay many of the health problems that seem to come with age”, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. 

While you may not feel as athletic as you did in your youth, there are plenty of ways to stay fit as you get older. For example, you could participate in activities such as yoga and pilates, which require less energy and vigour than your typical HIIT class, while still reaping positive benefits. 

Listen to your healthcare providers. 

Your healthcare provider will always want what is best for you – but we often tend to neglect their advice and guidance. For example, despite the importance of hearing aid use, many of those experiencing hearing loss fail to wear their hearing aids on a daily basis. As a result, they’re left to contend with the symptoms of their condition alone.

As such, the more you age, the more you should pay attention to your healthcare providers. Remember, their advice is designed to help you live a healthier life, not to chastise you. 

Take care of your mental health, too. 

Many senior citizens deal with mental health struggles on a daily basis. For example, they may be more prone to anxiety and low mood due to ill health, a lack of mobility and social isolation. As such, it’s important that you look into  

 ways to improve your mental health as you get older so that you have a wealth of resources to rely on during this time. For example, practising meditation can be useful, as it can help you to clear your mind from negative thoughts or find more effective ways to deal with them. However, it’s crucial that you do not forget about the benefits of simply talking about how you are feeling.

Follow a healthy diet.

As a parent, you may spend a lot of time encouraging children to develop healthy eating habits. However, while you may be quick to advise others – it is important that you heed this advice too. After all, the right diet can help you to prevent sickness and other health complaints while also ensuring you stay active, energized and mobile as you get older. Of course, that’s not to say you cannot allow yourself the occasional treat from time to time, either! Life is all about enjoying things in moderation!

Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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