With age expectancies increasing, it is more important than ever that you take charge of your health and well-being. According to the National Institute on Aging, the best way to ensure your future health is to start changing your habits early. Your body experiences a series of changes as you age, but exercising and maintaining your health can help you live a fulfilling life well into your senior years.
Here are a few tips for a long and healthy life:
- Eat a balanced diet that is rich in fiber, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Visit your doctor regularly for tests, blood work and other procedures. It is also important to discuss medications and health concerns.
- Limit your salt intake.
- Preserve your joint health with daily stretching. 30 minutes of exercise each day will not only increase blood flow, but can help you to maintain a healthy weight.
- Stop smoking or using other tobacco products as they can contribute to countless health issues.
- Increase bone strength with calcium and vitamin D supplements.
- Remove rugs and other clutter that can become trip hazards.
- Brush and floss your teeth daily to prevent plaque buildup and gum disease. You should also visit the dentist twice a year for cleanings and an assessment of your overall oral health.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Regular eye exams can help to detect problems such as cataracts and glaucoma before they impact your vision.
- When difficultly with hearing begins to impact your quality of life, consult with an audiologist for hearing aids.
- Apply sunscreen liberally and wear protective clothing when spending time outdoors.
- Try to avoid sitting for long periods of time.
- Consult with your doctor if you begin to experience bladder leakage or incontinence as these problems are often easily treated.
- Rest and social interaction are also important components to a happy and healthy life.
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