Senior Health For Those In Their 40’s & 50’s
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Health, nutrition, fitness and exercise are starting to add themselves to your list of concerns now that you’re in your 40’s and 50’s. It may start with a bit of back pain when you get up in the morning or the first time you find yourself running short of breath after climbing stairs. And by now you’re probably starting to ponder how you’ll feel, how much energy you’ll have and what you simply won’t be able to do in another 20 or 30 years…
Senior health will become more and more important to you as time goes on, and the best time to start making adjustments to help ensure a fit, healthy and enjoyable retirement is right now. Waiting to address senior health & wellness issues until you’re in your 60’s and 70’s won’t be a great idea for you – it would be much like starting your retirement savings plan shortly after retirement. By now you’re probably starting to save or invest for that, right? So why do less for your own health & fitness levels when that will play just as big a role in what you can enjoy then?
There is good news and bad news for you now that you’re in your 40’s or 50’s. You’re most likely already aware of the bad news – your body’s production of important hormones like testosterone and growth hormone are declining, and, left unabated, will keep dropping as you age. If you’re like most people you’ve been sitting for 8 hours a day or more for decades now, your physical activity levels have been eroded by family, work, societal and financial concerns and you’ve fallen into the habit of collapsing in front of the TV or computer each night where you’ll vegetate for a couple of hours before heading to bed. And even then your 8 hours of restful, uninterrupted sleep is but a fond memory…
The good news is that, in most cases, your body is very willing to forgive your transgressions – but it needs your help, and it needs it starting now before more conditions become irreversible. There’s no reason to let fitness take over your life; you can start working toward better senior health & fitness by making a few modifications in your daily routine, such as:
Achieving & Maintaining A Healthy Weight:
Have a few extra pounds around your middle, men? Ladies – do you find your outfits are a bit tighter across the beam these days, or tighter in the hips & thighs? Crash diets or fad diets aren’t the answer, and if you’ve tried either you already know that. The best weight loss solution is to simply adopt more healthy nutritional habits and get rid of many of the sugary and salty foods currently polluting your kitchen. When you’re not in a hurry, a small reduction in your carbohydrate or caloric intake can often make the difference over time, making it much easier to achieve a healthy weight. If you don’t think that extra 10 or 15 pounds is hard on your system, try carrying a 10-pin bowling ball around with you all day for just one day – that’s about the same weight.
Start A Simple Exercise Program:
If you were the type to get involved in extreme fitness you wouldn’t be in your current shape – it takes a distinct mindset to get involved with and stay with high-end fitness programs and if you don’t have that type of motivated mindset an extreme program is just going to be another disappointment for you. Instead, just set aside some time each day to go for a walk. That’s right – just walk. And not powerwalking, either. Just a nice leisurely stroll. Start out going for a walk for fifteen or twenty minutes and increase that over time until you’re walking a couple of hours a day. You’ll be surprised by what it does for your weight, blood pressure, heart health and endurance. Equally surprising will be how little you miss those TV shows you’re currently almost addicted to.
Healthy Nutrition & Anti-Oxidants:
For 40 or 50 years now, day-to-day activities have been ravaging your body. Smoking or being exposed to second-hand smoke, breathing polluted air, even being out in the sun – these have all been breaking down parts of your system and creating ‘free radicals’ – cells that rob energy and life from other cells in your skin and internal bodyparts. Start learning about the various anti-oxidants that can help stop or destroy these free radicals and start including the foods or supplements that provide Vitamins C & E, the catechins in green tea, etc. Not only are these credited with protecting your body from the ravages of time, but many skin care experts claim they help in the anti-aging aspect of your appearance as well.
There’s no getting around the fact that you’ll need to take more action now towards your senior health than if you’d stayed in great shape through your 20’s and 30’s, but by starting in your 40’s and 50’s you’ll not only avoid a lot of the aches and pains normally associated with aging but you may also end up avoiding some of the major health problems your future would otherwise hold, and recover more quickly from ailments that do occur. Your senior health is the most valuable asset you could ever own – start your journey toward healthy nutrition and senior fitness today!