Keeping fit and healthy as you get older can get a little tougher. You may not feel like you have the same amount of energy as you did before and that’s ok. We all age and we should be enjoying the prime of our life, but it’s important to keep ourselves feeling young. So here are some tips for keeping fit and healthy in for as long as possible.
Get Plenty Of Sleep
Ever heard that phrase ‘you can sleep when you’re dead’, well even though that’s true, our bodies still need rest. Sleep is a chance for your body to repair and recover from the day’s antics and without it, you can end up running it into the ground. That’s certainly not going to do any good for your overall health. So, don’t feel guilty about lying in every now and then. Listen to your body and give it the rest it needs so you can be energetic and raring to go. You should get around 7-9 hours of sleep per night and if you aren’t, then change your sleeping routine to cater for it.
As we get older, our bodies find it more difficult to retain the nutrients and minerals we need in order to function comfortably. Therefore, supplements are great to help replace what’s been lost so that you can feel more like yourself. Supplements can come in a variety of shapes, and sizes and each one caters for something different. It’s always best to consult your doctor before taking any supplements. There are tests your doctor can perform to determine what vitamins you are lacking. Most insurances cover these routine tests but if your’s doesn’t and you receive Medicare, you might want to check out some Medicare Supplement Plans to get the coverage you need.
Getting active doesn’t mean that you need to be going to the gym every day, being active also means seeing family and friends, getting outside instead of staying indoors. It may be easier to watch tv, but in order to keep the brain and body active, you want to be exploring and experiencing new things. Make time for the outdoors and to do something you love that will keep you fit. There are also likely to be plenty of local-based sports clubs and groups that you can join. These shouldn’t feel like a chore, so find something you enjoy doing and involve friends if it makes it more enjoyable.
Stress isn’t worth having at any age so you should be going through it in your 50s. Take your time and don’t sweat the small stuff. Life is too short to be worrying or feeling anxious about work or whether you think you’ve fallen out with a friend. Stress can take years off your life, so take everything that happens less seriously, and you’ll find yourself feeling more healthy and happy because of it.
If you struggle with stress, find something that you enjoy which can take your mind of it. If it’s not that easily solvable then speak to someone whether that’s a friend, family member or professional for advice.
Life is meant to be lived, so give yourself the best opportunity at a long life by staying fit and healthy!