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Being over 50 can be a wonderful and fulfilling time in your life. However, being unhealthy can significantly impact your later years, and getting older doesn’t have to mean a decline in health.
Set small goals. Once you decide to be healthier as you age, you may need to set goals to change your lifestyle. You should start with small, manageable goals instead of trying to change your entire life all at once. Work on lifestyle changes first before making firm goals like losing a set number of pounds.
Get enough sleep. Many people have poor sleeping habits, which makes getting adequate sleep as you age more difficult. Try to form good sleeping habits so you can avoid insomnia, lethargy, and disrupted sleep. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep each night. If you can't get it all at night, take a nap during the day, too.
Get tested for cancer and other illnesses. Your risk of getting chronic illnesses and cancer increases after 50. To help catch any problems early, you should have screening tests at least once each year. When you go in for your yearly physical, talk to your doctor about which tests you may need, including mammograms and colonoscopies.