You would be surprised to know much common sense advice
is scientifically proven to be effective, especially with staying
healthy after 60. The following tips can ultimately reduce your
health costs, and live longer lives. They are
scientifically proven recommendations that you can share
with your partners, parents, and grandparents and help them
improve their quality of life!
Watch Your Diet.
It is no secret that a well-balanced diet has a positive impact
on the body, the mind, and even the soul! By following these
simple steps a person over 60 can not only recover more
quickly from an illness, but can also prevent poor health and
Stay away from saturated fat found in butter and red meat
by substituting it with the good fat found in olive or canola oil
and salmon. Limit your intake of refined sugar in foods such
as white bread, white rice, and pasta. Instead eat whole grain
bread and high fiber foods such as brown pasta to control
the of sugar level in your blood. It is also important to take
a daily multivitamin while calcium supplements are advised
It has been proven that an improved cardiovascular fitness
and low blood pressure were increasingly prevalent in people
aged above 60 who rode their bikes or walked on their
treadmills for 20 minutes twice a week. It is never too late to
start exercising! Walk the block with your neighbors, walk the
dog several times a day, swim if you have the chance and
park the car at the end of the parking lot when going to the
supermarket. Add some music to your moves and dance or
lift free weights from time to time! Weight bearing exercise
can help you maintain strong bones and slow the process of
bone cell absorption! Additionally Yoga and meditation classes can have
a positive influence on your balance and breath.
Be a Constant Learner.
Research has shown that the more you exercise the mind
the better memory skills you have. The mind is considered a
muscle that can be strengthened by keeping a high level of
intellectually boosting activities. Reading daily newspapers
or entertaining books is very beneficial, as well as enrolling in
a language or computer course. Attending cultural events or
being in a group that encourages you to build conversations
and exchange thoughts can also stimulate the brain and
keep it active.
Prac tic e Your Socia l Charm!
After 60, social networks tend to get smaller and this can have a negative effect on person
nears retire and decreases his work time. This can have
a negative effect on your health, specifically on your mood
and well-being. Involvement in community-based activities
and contact with people can lift your spirit and help you stay
positive while doing something productive! There are many
opportunities for volunteering around you: check your local
church, hospital, library, school and health associations!
Watch Your Medica tion Intake.
Some research indicates that people above 60 years old are not always
compliant with the doctor’s prescription and advice. Many
people forget to stay on the medical course prescribed
while others choose to stop the medication without their
doctor’s knowledge. Your medication is prescribed for a
reason, and unless taken as instructed, there is a chance
that it may not achieve its purpose. This can mean bad
health news for you! Consult with your doctor if you plan
to stop a medication or if you forget to stay on your course
as intended. You could experience unfortunate side effects
such as dizziness, shortness of breath, low or high blood
pressure, stomachaches, etc.
If you are in pai n, seek professional help.
It is very important not to delay doctor’s visits if you are
experiencing any physical pain. Delayed treatment may
affect recovery or even make recovery impossible. Our
nervous system uses many means to eliminate discomfort,
so by the time, the nervous system responds to illness or
injury with pain, damage has already occurred.
Sleep Well and Enough!
While the average recommended sleeping time is nine
hours, people above 60 need about six to seven hours of
sleep. Keep a ritual of sleep by relaxing and going to bed at
the same hour every night. Keeping a high level of activities
during the day will help you sleep well at night and can
minimize the chances that you will fall asleep while driving
or in a meeting.
Stay Awa y from Stress!
Stress cannot be avoided in one’s life, but the good news
is that it can always be handled in a positive way. Seek
counseling, spend time with good friends, talk about your
concerns to your family, write a list of stresses and an action
plan on how to deal with them, take art classes and exercise,
etc. Spread positive energy around and it will come back
right at you!
Source: Joan Firra, movementislife.net