Health & Wellness

How To Help Look After Your Health In Your Later Years

 

Last updated on May 23rd, 2022

 

Regardless of your age, it is always important to take care of your body but it is no secret that as you age you may start to experience more aches and pains or start to find things a little harder. Because of this, it is important to make healthy choices to help strengthen your immune system and overall body health. Here are some ways in which you can help to take care of yourself and keep you fighting fit at any age. 

 

Remain active

Physical activity is one of the best things you can do to help keep your body looking and feeling stronger and younger. Exercise is a natural immune system booster as movement can help fight inflammation and infection. Exercise does not have to be rigorous and can include light exercises such as walking or swimming. That said, light weight-bearing and strengthening exercises are particularly recommended for women as they can help to improve bone and muscle strength and in turn prevent the onset of osteoporosis. 

Learn how to manage pain

Regrettably, a certain level of pain may be inevitable but there are ways in which it can be managed effectively. If you suffer from bouts of aches and pains research ways in which you can alleviate your pain and suffering. It might be by way of over-the-counter pain relief gels, light exercise, or oils such as THCP (tetrahydrocannabiphorol) a known analgesic. If you can find a way to effectively manage any minor ailments as and when they occur it will not be able to inhibit your day-to-day life.

These pains are not restricted to the joints and external body only. Research has proven that the stomach muscle also loses its tone as people age. This often leads to digestive issues and acute mid-section pain. According to studies, biliary tract disease and acute gastroenteritis often present among the geriatric group as sharp abdominal pains. So, if you ever experience this, it is advisable to take immediate action to see a stomach doctor.

Choose a healthy diet

The food you eat can impact your health at any age. Choosing a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean meats will help to give your immune system a boost and help keep you protected against harmful viruses that could cause illnesses. As well as choosing healthy foods it is also recommended that you are mindful of avoiding too many unhealthy foods such as sugary or fatty foods. These food groups can trigger inflammation and lower your immune system, not to mention the added implication it could have on weight management. Maintaining a healthy body mass is also a fantastic way to help reduce aches, pains, and common diseases such as heart disease. 

 

Attend your checkups

As you age you will be offered annual checkups with your physician, regardless of whether you feel unwell or not. Even if you are not offered them it is a good idea to schedule them in. Typically people wait until something is notably ‘wrong’ before visiting their physician however as you age it is important to shift that mindset. Regular checkups will help identify any conditions that you may be more prone to as a result of your age or that may have gone undetected such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. As with any medical condition, early diagnoses will enable you to treat the problem and potentially avoid long-term complaints. 

 

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