Keep Your Health Up to Make These Years Golden
It’s a given that you want to enjoy your retirement. And like most people who have said goodbye to the working world, you probably have plans, such as traveling the world, visiting relatives, or just passing the time quietly with a glass of wine in your hand and a book in your lap.
That’s all easily within your grasp under one condition: You stay healthy.
It’s not a pleasant topic to think about or discuss, but advancing in age means a greater risk of medical conditions, from high blood pressure and weight gain to dementia, all of which could derail you from your pursuit of leisure. Luckily, those can be held in check through some lifestyle changes that keep you in top form physically and mentally.
Establish a Sleep Routine
According to scientific research, long periods of “deep sleep” become harder to obtain as you grow older, and that’s likely the reason you’re prone to waking up often during the night. However, this problem can be avoided by keeping a consistent bedtime, saying “no” to naps, and making your bedroom as dark and quiet as possible.
Socializing isn’t too much to ask, as hanging out with friends is one of life’s great pleasures. What you may not know is that it can help you live longer, according to a doctor writing for Psychology Today. Other benefits include a better mood along with stronger cognitive skills and a sharper memory. That’s an awful lot for the occasional chat and cup of tea.
Maintain Oral Hygiene
If you can’t remember the last time you saw the dentist, make an appointment now. It’s not just a matter of keeping your choppers and healthy and clean, as poor oral hygiene has been linked with a variety of chronic conditions ranging from kidney and cardiovascular disease to mental illnesses such as depression. What’s more, depression can, in turn, make your oral hygiene worse. This should convince you to brush and floss regularly.
Hit the Trails
“If you can walk, you can hike,” says the 50-Plus Voyagers Blog, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t take their words to heart. Hiking can improve your cardiovascular health while also strengthening your bones and joints so that arthritis is just another word in the dictionary. Find some paths nearby, call up a few friends, and head out into the great outdoors.
Read and Write
Reading and writing can keep your mind active and supple so you don’t suffer from what they call “senior moments.” Moreover, sticking a nose in a book can help you get to sleep faster at night, while journaling is known to alleviate stress as you consciously organize your thoughts and let out bottled-up emotions using pen and paper.
Pursue Total Fitness
Aerobic endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility — these are the four elements of a solid exercise routine that keeps seniors in top form, according to an article in Healthline, and they have plenty of activities and exercises to recommend. Some of them sound like a good time, such as ballroom dancing, for example. Give it a whirl.
Adapt Your Diet
Fewer calories and more nutrients should be the mantra you repeat in your head as you’re whipping up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and it’s not hard to get the protein, vitamins, and minerals your body needs if you plan your meals right. Be sure to include fresh vegetables, yogurt, legumes, and chicken in your diet as well.
Get the Right Coverage
Getting the right coverage means choosing the right Medicare plan so that you get the attention you need and bounce back quickly when illness or injury rears its ugly head. That’s easier said than done, however, as drug formularies, provider networks, and copays change, as do your own medical needs. The key is staying up to date and informed.
These simple moves will keep you going strong for years to come and having plenty of fun in the meantime. Start today with a few small adjustments to how you spend your time — then build from there. You’ll feel the change almost immediately. Here’s to your health!