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50 and Over: Life Tips to Stay Healthy & Happy

Updated: Sep 3, 2023

“ It's Never too late to learn some embarrassingly basic, stupidly obvious things about oneself.”

— Alain de Botton

Age is more than a number. Especially when you start to feel the effects of it. Nevertheless, aging doesn't have to be daunting or scary. The better you take care of yourself, the more you can live a better quality life. As you age, taking care of your health becomes increasingly important.

It was December 2020, I found out I was diabetic. I would be lying if I didn't say it shook my world. I mean, I've always been a healthy eater and watched what I ate. But it wasn't good enough. Diabetes found me. Yes.. it's hereditary, but you can also control it too. Since I got the news, I've been more conscious of what I cook, what I eat and what time I eat as well. I'm adjusting to this new way of life. Even though it has been challenging, it's been worth it to know that I can decide how I want my story to be read.

Below are some health tips specifically for us over 50 crew. Let's maintain our overall well-being while leading a healthy and productive lifestyle:

Regular Exercise: You must.. No exceptions. Engage in regular physical activity, including cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and flexibility exercises. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week.

Balanced Diet: This is always difficult. Especially if you like to eat like me. Nevertheless, if you follow a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats you can lesson health related illness. Limit processed foods, sugary drinks, and excessive salt intake as well..

Bone Health: Consume foods rich in calcium and vitamin D to support bone health. I don't drink milk so I had to add supplements like to assist with my intake. See what I take here. I also have started engaging weight-bearing exercises to help maintain bone density. This has helped a lot.

Regular Check-ups: Schedule regular health check-ups with your healthcare provider to monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, and other vital health indicators.

Screenings and Vaccinations: Stay up-to-date with recommended screenings and vaccinations, including flu shots, shingles vaccine, and other age-appropriate immunizations.

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated, as older adults may be more prone to dehydration. I found myself in this state so many times. Now I drink two 64 oz bottles of water daily. Here's what I use here.

Eye Care: Have regular eye exams to monitor vision changes and detect eye conditions like cataracts and glaucoma.

Hearing Health: Get your hearing tested regularly, and protect your ears from loud noises to prevent hearing loss.

Manage Stress: Practice stress-reducing techniques like meditation, yoga, deep breathing, or hobbies that bring joy. Please do not the day consume you. Know when to take a break and shut it down.

Adequate Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night to support overall health and well-being. Now personally, if I don't get my sleep, you can certainly tell in my attitude. Lol!

Social Connections: Stay socially active and maintain strong relationships with family and friends to reduce the risk of loneliness and isolation. Do exciting things. Try something new.

Brain Health: Engage in mentally stimulating activities like puzzles, reading, or learning new skills to keep your mind sharp. This is so important. It has been said if you don't use it, you loose it.

Avoid Smoking and Limit Alcohol: If you smoke, seek support to quit. Limit alcohol consumption to moderate levels, as excessive drinking can have adverse effects on health.

Sun Protection: That natural Vitamin D is good, but it can also be deadly. Therefore you should protect your skin from harmful UV rays by wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and wear protective clothing when outdoors.

Fall Prevention: Make your home safer by removing tripping hazards and installing handrails and grab bars to prevent falls. At this age, falling can be a catastrophe. Our bones don't heal as fast as they use to.

Maintain a Healthy Weight: Aim for a healthy weight through a combination of a balanced diet and regular exercise. I must say this is the hardest of them all. First off, what is a healthy weight?

Chronic Condition Management: If you have any chronic health conditions, work closely with your healthcare provider to manage them effectively.

Bottom line, stay informed about health issues relevant to your age group and seek medical advice promptly if you experience any concerning symptoms. Remember, everyone's health needs are unique, so it's essential to consult with your healthcare provider to develop a personalized health plan that suits your specific needs and medical history. Prioritizing your health can lead to a more active, fulfilling, and enjoyable life as you age.

I'm challenging you to push yourself and maintain your cool at the same time. Your life is worth living.. I promise. We can do this and age gracefully.

Yours Truly,

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