How to Stay Healthy As We Grow Older
Growing old is something that some people don’t get the privilege of doing, but it’s not just about growing old it’s about having the quality of life as you age. In this post today we will look at some of the best ways of staying healthy as you grow older to still have a good quality of life.
You are what you eat is a saying you are more than likely aware of and it’s true. Your diet plays a huge role in your health and if you aren’t stocking your body up on healthy foods then later on in life you will pay for it.
So, your diet should include foods that are nutrient-rich. Foods such as vegetables, fruits, beans and lentils especially those high in protein will not only keep you feeling fuller for longer but will also help your body with the macro and micronutrients it needs for vital functions around the body.
As you get older your muscles deteriorate and as a result, become weaker which can cause you to lose your balance and fall. 60% of people over the age of 50 will fall at home and often this can have serious consequences.
Keeping active will keep your muscles from deteriorating and will help you even more as you get older. You don’t have to compete for the next Olympia competition, keeping active could be as simple as going for a walk once a day or even playing a more leisurely sport such as bowls.
Look after your feet
Having feet that you neglect as you grow old is going to cause you multiple health issues.
You should check your feet on a daily basis for any cracks, cuts or ingrown nails so you can prevent an infection from taking place. As you get older, especially with certain conditions such as Diabetes you can lose the sensitivity in your feet so checking your feet daily is recommended.
You should also try to go to the chiropodist as much as possible, twice a year is recommended but you should work a schedule that suits you. Looking after your feet as you age is very important for your health so be sure not to skip this part.
Get enough sleep
Sleep is just as important to an older person as it is to a younger one so you should try to get at least 8-10 hours of sleep an evening. According to help guide, a lack of sleep can cause “depression, attention and memory problems, excessive daytime sleepiness, and experience more nighttime falls.”
As we get older we know that you are far more likely to fall down so having a lack of sleep can contribute to this.
If you are finding it hard to fall asleep or get an adequate amount of sleep per night here are a few tips that you can use to help.
First, you should keep electronics such as a phone, iPad, TV all out of the room. I know many older people keep phones by themselves in case of an emergency, so if you are concerned what you can do is purchase an alarm system that can alert other family members or friends if you have had an accident.
Devices such as phones and iPads let off a blue light which can stimulate your mind keeping you awake for longer. If you want better sleep you need to keep your electronic devices in other rooms of the house and you also need to stop using them a few hours before bedtime.
A bedroom should also be a calming environment, it should be dark and quiet. If your room isn’t dark or you can hear your neighbours during the night you will need to make some changes.
You can darken your room by installing heavier curtains or shutters. Noise can also be cut out in various ways, I found an article talking about soundproofing a home which could be useful to you.
Staying healthy as you age is very important if you want to live a long fulfilling life. Getting old without any quality of life is pointless, so making a few changes to your diet, exercise and sleeping patterns now will pay off in the future.