Many don’t realize that the aging process doesn’t mean your health has to suffer. In honor of Healthy Aging Month, check out these tips to help you stay healthy as you age.
A well-rounded exercise routine will help you stay healthy and injury-free
There’s no way around it: in order to age your best, you need to exercise regularly. The ideal exercise routine includes a combination of aerobic work, strength training and flexibility. By keeping your muscles strong and flexible, you’re protecting against falls by bolstering your balance and ability to react. And if you do fall, having strong, limber muscles will better protect your body against injury. Additionally, exercise helps improve:
- Body-fat levels
- Heart health
- Cognitive functioning
The flu is a greater threat now that you’re older — be proactive by getting vaccinated
As you age, your body’s ability to fight disease declines, and what was relatively minor when you were younger can be life-threatening when you’re older. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 80% to 90% of recent flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. Getting a flu shot every year will prompt your body to develop immunity to each year’s flu. Additionally, it will also reduce the amount of flu virus present in the total population, which helps protect those unable to receive vaccinations through.
Stay social to keep yourself feeling young
A healthy social life will help you maintain a positive mood and keep your mind sharp. Try to make an effort to invite friends out for coffee or lunch on a regular basis. Also, getting involved with a volunteer program can be a great way to help others while meeting new people.
You need just as much sleep now as when you were younger
Contrary to popular belief, older adults need just as much sleep as younger adults: 7 to 9 hours per night, depending on the individual. Unfortunately, health problems and life interruptions can interfere with our ability to sleep well as we age. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, avoid eating, drinking and looking at screens right before going to bed. And if you still struggle with sleep after making the appropriate lifestyle changes, you may have a sleep disorder that requires a doctor’s care.
Incorporate these tips into your routine to keep yourself feeling strong and energetic in your later years. For more information about staying healthy as you age, call (888) 686-0773 to schedule an appointment with the physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers.