There’s no getting around it, we’re all going to get older as the days, months and years go by. It can be a sobering thought for some, but you know what? You can grow old without growing sick or living a less fulfilling life – people do it daily. As long as you take care of yourself as you age, you will find that being older is an exciting and enjoyable experience. Here are some quick tips to help you care for your body as you age:
Look After Your Bones
As you age, especially if you’re a woman, your bones may start to get more brittle and even a little thinner. If you aren’t careful, this could lead to some nasty injuries. Luckily, you can mitigate your chances of suffering from osteoporosis by doing weight-bearing exercises and upping your calcium intake.
Keep Your Heart Healthy As Your Body Ages
The heart is often the thing that we worry about when we think about getting old, and although it’s true that lots of older people do suffer from heart-related illnesses, it isn’t a foregone conclusion.
It’s fairly easy to keep your heart healthy by doing regular cardio activity, eating a healthy diet, and losing weight if needed. If you’re worried about your heart and health, see a doctor who will be able to advise you on taking better care of your heart now and as you age.
Maintain Your Brain
The prospect of getting dementia in old age is probably one of the most frightening for most of us. Losing your memory and sense of self is a terrifying prospect, which is why you should start taking better care of your brain now.
You can do this by keeping mentally active – doing crossword puzzles, jigsaws, etc., – staying active, and eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and Omega-3 fatty acids – all of which feed your brain and give you a mental boost.
Your Body As You Age: Monitor Your Hearing
Many older folks experience some degree of hearing loss as they age, and some eventually end up deaf. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to try and prevent this.
For one thing, you should keep your headphones at safe levels and see an audiologist immediately if you notice any changes to your hearing and at least once a year after you hit 50. You should also take breaks from listening to music or loud noises at regular intervals. Use ear protection at gigs or when doing noisy DIY tasks too.
Take Care of Your Teeth
As we age, the enamel that offers protection from decay can begin to wear away. That leaves teeth discolored and more prone to cavities.
However, taking good care of your teeth is as simple as brushing thoroughly but gently at least twice a day, flossing daily, and avoiding acidic or sugary foods and drinks that weaken the teeth.
Nurture Your Skin
Our skin will wrinkle and sag to some degree as we get older, but we can minimize how much our skin is affected by giving up smoking, using sunscreen daily, moisturizing regularly, and eating a healthy diet rich in omega fatty acids and vitamin E.
Look after your body, and it will look after you. I wish you health, happiness, and longevity.
Top photo: By taking care of your body, aging can be a wonderful experience. The grandma shown here likely agrees! Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.