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Health And Fitness After 50
Did you know that people of 50 can be just as healthy and fit as those of twenty? It’s true, and this article will give you some sound advice on how to get there.
1. Get Your Body Moving
The best thing you can do for your body after 50 is to get it moving. Even if you’re just walking, that’s better than nothing. But the more exercise you engage in, the greater your benefits will be. Studies have shown that it doesn’t matter whether you’re a runner or weight lifter; all exercise has beneficial effects on your health and fitness level at 50+, as long as it’s done regularly and consistently.
2. Eat and Chew Right
Another good thing about eating after 50 is that you can worry less about weight. After 50, your metabolism begins to slow down, which means you’ll need fewer calories than you did before. Nevertheless, there are some things you should keep in mind to be sure that what you are eating will give you the energy and nutrients your body needs. Watch your intake of saturated fats (found in red meat and high-fat dairy products), cholesterol (in egg yolks, meat, and poultry skin), and salt (which can raise blood pressure). Instead eat a diet that’s rich in complex carbohydrates (whole grains, vegetables), fiber (found in fruits, vegetables), and lean proteins (fish).
3. Get Enough Rest
Experts in the field of aging say that after 50, it’s important to get at least eight hours of sleep every night. Not only does it recharge your batteries, but studies also show that not getting enough sleep can speed up the aging process. Getting enough rest is also essential for a healthy immune system. But no matter how old you are, you need to make sure you’re getting enough rest – your body won’t fight disease well if it’s tired all the time.
4. Think Positively!
As we age, we tend to worry more about whether things are going to go right or wrong in our lives. Not only is this bad for the way we feel, but it can also affect our health and fitness. We know that negative thoughts and feelings can contribute to depression and anxiety; they’re also associated with heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and stroke. If you have positive thoughts, however, you should be free to relax around 50+.
5. Get Regular Medical Checkup
When you reach 50+, it’s important to make sure your medical history is up-to-date. This will help ensure your doctor has all the information he or she needs about your lifestyle and medical history before making any recommendations on your care.
6. Attend to Your Mental Health
It’s important to treat your body right, but you also need to make sure that your mind is healthy and fit. The fact is you need a balanced approach to wellness at 50+.
7. Keep Positive And Be Active
Once you turn fifty it’s the best time in your life! You’re mentally sound, physically fit, and filled with energy. Take advantage of this amazing time by exploring new places and trying exciting new adventures. No one wants to have regrets when they turn sixty so go for it now! You will find that living life with yoga in your heart, joy in your soul, and laughter on your lips is the most wonderful way of staying fit for fifty.
8. Live With Passion and Purpose
A positive attitude is key to feeling good and doing well in your 50s. It’s important to live life with a passion so you get out of the routine and do better things than you would have otherwise. People who lose their passion for a life that is not exciting are more easily discouraged, and that can be a real killer after fifty. Look for things you enjoy doing, such as gardening, cooking, playing musical instruments or sports, reading, or socializing with friends. Come up with goals that are workable but reach for those that inspire you!
9. Be Positive
Staying positive is not only crucial to your health and fitness but also the best way to cope with stress. There is growing evidence that stress at any age can be a risk factor for many diseases and that people who are optimistic tend to fare better in the face of life’s challenges. The secret is to remember that life has a beautiful design, and you always have choices. Be happy. Be inspired by positive thoughts in your mind, read inspiring books, and share them with others. In everything you do or say, try consciously to radiate positivity so that your positive energy touches those around you – this will spread positivity too!
10. Learn to Cope Well
As you grow older, it’s more important than ever to learn how to cope well. A good way is by being active. Exercise, both physical and mental, can make you feel good and reduce stress at any time of life. But it’s even more important as you get older because recovery time after illness is long and physical reserves are reduced. There’s no doubt that staying physically active in your 50s reduces the risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis.
11. Be Happy With Who You Are
As we age we sometimes become less happy with who we are; our identity or self-image may change over time as well. Identity is one of those things that starts to shift at around age 45. This is a very normal part of our lives as we grow older. Your sense of self-worth may have changed, and you might not identify with your job or the kind of person you used to be. That may be all right; it’s normal to change, and who you are now is probably more suited to coping with the changing world around us than who you were in your younger years. At any age, it’s a good idea if you can work on feeling good about yourself – this will help you enjoy life more!
Disclaimer: The information in this article is intended for educational and entertainment purposes only and should not be used instead of or contrary to that of a medical professional. Before taking supplements, starting a new diet, or embarking on a new exercise regime please consult a medical or nutritional professional. The owners of “Getting Healthy After 50” are not medical professionals and are simply redistributing information that is freely available on the internet.
The video at the top of this post is from Dr. Alyssa Kuhn, Arthritis Adventure Youtube Channel.