Thanks to advances in modern medicine, people in the U.S. are living longer than ever. As we age, our minds and bodies change, but that doesn’t mean putting a stop to a healthy and active lifestyle. Incorporate these four tips into your lifestyle to stay healthy and active.
- Eat a balanced diet. Our food provides all of the energy and nutrients to be healthy. A good diet can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, certain cancers and high blood pressure. To make sure you’re getting the nutrients your body needs, choose a variety of healthy foods that are low in cholesterol and fat. Avoid empty calories like chips, cookies and soda.
- Keep your body active. There are four main types of exercise; aerobic, strength, balance and flexibility. Each type is different, and doing them all will give you a range of benefits, including weight control, reduced risk of heart disease, stronger bones and muscles, reduced risk of falls and cancer, improved sleep and better mental health.
- Get regular checkups. By going to regular health exams, problems can be found before they start, increasing chances of a treatment or cure. Exams depend on your age, family history and lifestyle choices. Before your next appointment, find out if you’re due for any vaccinations or screenings, and write down a list of questions to take with you.
- Practice safety habits. Falls are dangerous at any age, but as we get older, falling increases the chance of a broken bone. To lower your chance of falling, it is important to take care of your health. Make sure to have regular eye exams and exercise regularly. You can also remove tripping hazards in your home, and have railings on the stars and in the tub.
Staying healthy doesn’t have to be a challenge, so make sure you have the knowledge and tools you need to prevent falls, stay active and eat well.