Seniors health and fitness is achievable with regular, daily effort. In many ways, our health really defines our effective age. We are currently experiencing increased life expectancy.
Does that mean we can expect more years of ill health and disability or an increased active life? It seems like, to some degree, we have an important say in which it will be, although some things are outside our control.
"To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am"
Bernard Baruch (1875-1965), US financier and presidential advisor
"Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age."
Health For Seniors
For those of you who find yourself retired before you expected to be, by no choice of your own, it has been found that there is a significant health consequence to involuntary job loss as well as the economic consequence. It negatively affects both physical functioning and mental health. Obtaining a new source of income, either by becoming re-employed or by starting a successful business of your own, can positively affect your physical functioning and mental health.
Effective planning for retirement can make your retirement and health be an enjoyable experience. When you find yourself involuntarily retired, you just have a shorter period of time to plan.
Importance of a Healthy Brain
Challenging the brain to be active seems to increase its vitality and may build new brain cells and form new connections, which help the brain function better longer. Fatigue is the most common problem related to brain function. Getting a good night's sleep is crucial.
As we get older we see changes in several areas of intellectual function. Our attention wanders, our processing speed slows down, we have less flexibility, and our short-term memory seems to become really short.
Brain dysfunction is one of the most limiting and life-changing conditions a person can have. So, it makes us want to do whatever we can to keep our brain functioning at its peak to maintain excellent seniors health.
Exercise Your Brain
The most effective activities to prevent cognitive decline are simple and fun. Playing board games, playing a musical instrument, doing puzzles (Sudoku, crossword, word search, etc.), reading, knitting, doing odd jobs, gardening, and traveling have been found to reduce the risk of dementia.
Being socially active can improve seniors health of the brain. A nice meal accompanied by several friends or family members with some stimulating discussions can exercise your brain.
Simplify your life and relax to reduce stress and keep your immune system at its best. Chronic stress can also damage your brain.
Exercising your brain develops senior health and fitness that will make your retirement very enjoyable.
Boost Your General Health
It's good practice to eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day - walking is the best exercise. Get adequate sleep each night.
Statistics show that getting a dog is very good for seniors health in keeping a positive attitude and outlook on life. The unconditional love that pets provide help to reduce stress and improve health for seniors. We are waiting to get our little dog.
A good percentage of people use some kind of dietary or herbal supplement to boost their health. I happen to have a lot of confidence in herbal supplements, but I do a lot of research on the effectiveness and side effects of each one I consider taking. It is recommended that you ask your doctor before taking supplements.
Out of pocket medical expenses rise as you age, from generally 15% of your annual income about 5 to 7 years before death to 50% of your annual income the last year before death.
I have read that low fat diets are better than low carbohydrate diets when it comes to the health of your arteries.
It would also be best to limit your intake of sugar sweetened sodas.
Exercise for Retirement Health
Some of the benefits of exercise are that it:
- provides relief from the day's strains and stresses
- increases mental alertness and reflexes
- tones up muscles
- improves sleep
- and many more...
Reduced exercise affects metabolism, which creates insulin sensitivity and increases abdominal fat. Walking is one the simplest and most effective forms of exercise. You should try to walk 10,000 steps per day. Using a reliable pedometer can help you keep track of your steps.
Lack of exercise can impair seniors health and bring on complications of immobility, such as muscle wasting, osteoporosis, depression, loss of confidence, loss of independence, and more.
Just a few days of reduced exercise triggers metabolic changes, so make exercise a part of your regular daily routine.
As you can see, senior's health can be maintained by following some simple guidelines we have heard all our lives - eat healthy meals with adequate fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly, and get adequate sleep each night.
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