When we’re young, healthy and strong, staying active and fit as we get older never enters our minds.
It always feels like we own the world. Our world is always full of possibilities and dreams.
We have plans waiting to be followed through. We can have fun to the fullest. We can run around, jump and skip around without even thinking about breaking a nail.
However, once we start aging, things start to slow down for us. Things that used to be easy sometime back now seem like rocket science. So how do we stay active and healthy after the age of 55?
Here are the top 5 tips on how to stay active and healthy after the age of 55:
1. Check your multivitamin:
When it comes to living healthy and active and healthy at old age, nutrition should always be your number one priority. You have to constantly keep checking your multivitamin. Once you notice that you are running low on multivitamins, you can discuss with your doctor regarding the best multivitamin supplements for you.
However, if you increase your vegetable intake – especially green leafy vegetables – you should have enough supply of multivitamins to last you awhile.
2. Eat more fiber:
Fiber is important in aiding with your digestion. Its importance is often overlooked until you hit the age of 55 and you start developing digestive complications. Each type of fiber has its importance especially at the age of 55 and above.
The different types of fiber include soluble and insoluble fiber. Foods rich in fiber include cereals and whole wheat grains.
3. Control your weight:
The weight of this type cannot be emphasized enough. Once you hit the age of 55 and above, you automatically lose the luxury of being overweight or underweight. Being overweight attracts very many health complications.
Some conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and other cholesterol-related diseases can be highly exaggerated if you are overweight. If your aim is to stay active and healthy after the age of 55, then controlling your weight should top the list of your priorities.
4. Do regular exercise:
Okay, hold up before you stone me to death. By suggesting regular exercise, it does not mean that you should do a hundred and fifty sit-ups followed by a hundred and ten pushups. No. As stated earlier, it is important to take things slowly once you hit 55.
Before committing yourself to a workout routine, it is advisable to discuss it with your doctor first to avoid any risks that might be incurred. Light exercises on a regular basis should be enough to keep you going for a while. It is also important to set achievable and practical fitness goals to avoid disappointments.
5. Pay attention to calcium and vitamin D:
Our bones and teeth always start becoming weaker as we age. Once we hit the age of 55, we need to start paying more attention to calcium and vitamin D. Increase their intake when necessary.
Remember, a small thing such as bending too fast could lead to a broken back. Therefore, you need to be ultra careful.
Even though old age is often referred to as our sunset years, there is still a chance to make the right decisions to change your life. You can stay active and healthy even after the age of 55.
Are there any tips you feel we left out? Talk to us in the comments section below and tell us what you feel about these 5 tips to stay active and healthy after the age of 55.
Author: Lydia Mattern: NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Lydia is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer at fitnessgoals, with a passion for writing and a love for chocolate. She enjoys long walks with a breeze and finding ways to make dessert healthy.
Thank You, Lydia for sharing your tips with us kids on the far side of 55!
Until next time,