So, you’ve reached or gone beyond the golden age of 50.
Should you be concerned?
Preparing to “age gracefully” can seem like a cheesy tagline from a movie or magazine, but as you live through your golden years that is exactly what you should be doing. The actions that you take from your 50’s are greatly going to affect the quality of your twilight years.
What are the key steps you and all women over 50 should make to have better health as you age?
If you think that osteoporosis is one of those things that can’t happen to you, I have some news. It can, and the odds are higher that you might realize.
Women’s Health Concern tells us that 1 in 2 women over age 50 will get osteoporosis. Think of your best lady friend who you are entering the golden years with. One of you will develop osteoporosis, which is of course unless you fight and do all you can to prevent it.
Diet and exercise are two of the main things that can prevent osteoporosis. It turns out nutrition and exercise are also key habits for better health after age 50 as well.
To prevent osteoporosis, you should have adequate vitamin D from sufficient sunlight, through the foods you eat, and with supplements. Also increase your Calcium intake by consuming dairy, leafy vegetables, or by taking a supplement.
Participate in weight bearing exercise at least 3 days a week. Do these things, and your golden years will be much brighter.
We have all seen the commercials for medical alert bands. Most of these commercials are directed at fall risks. The sad fact is that a great number of adults over the age of 65, fall. Falls are leading cause of fatal injury, and trauma-related hospital stays.
One if the key ways to prevent these falls is by participating in a regular fitness activity that focuses on functional stability, balance, and core strength exercises. Consider investing in a personal trainer who understands the effects ageing has on the body. The National Council on Aging recommends a tai chi program to focus on balance and stability. However, Yoga and other balance-focused programs are likely to help as well. If you maintain a strong sense of balance starting early your fall risk decreases.
Sleep may seem more difficult as you age. Your body is accustomed to less sleep, or your sleep is interrupted by things like hot flushes, arthritis, or stress. Getting sufficient, as well as quality sleep, is even more important as you age because it promotes higher levels of human growth hormone (HGH). Prevention magazine notes that HGH is a key hormone responsible for building bone and muscle mass: two things that start to decline rapidly after age 50. If you want to maintain good health after age 50, make sure you are sleeping 7-9 hours every night.
Check Your Supplements
From around the age 50 comes menopause, and of course, aging also changes our biochemistry. As a result, the supplements you take at 30 are going to be a lot different from the ones that you may need to take at age 50.
Some of the big differences are the addition of vitamin b-12 and the reduction of iron.
Aging doesn’t have to be a bad thing. If you take care of your body and prepare yourself for a long life, your twilight years can be spent independent and healthy.
The key to doing this is starting now before you develop any of the typical age-associated conditions. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!!