If you’ve ever had the pleasure of interacting with elderly people, you may be aware that with age come some potential health concerns. This could be in regard to their hip, needing dentures, bouts of forgetfulness, or struggling to walk and stand properly without support. Although some things are inevitable as you age, there are ways to age gracefully and increase the likeliness of your body still functioning to its best ability as you get older. There are things that you can do now to make this happen that may require a lifestyle change and pick up better habits. You will find eight in particular that you can incorporate into your daily life in the following article.
Pay Attention to Your Posture
You’ve probably heard people telling you to sit straight many times in your life, and there’s a reason behind it. Not only does a good posture come across better, but it is also better for your back. As you begin to age, back pains are said to become more common, and this is because over time your spine begins to wear out. In more detail, the disks between your spine’s vertebrae apparently begin to shrink and get worn down as their moisture content decline. As a result, the vertebral bones then start rubbing against each other which could be the source of back pain and stiffness. Although aging is inevitable, there are ways that you can slow down the process and look after your back and one includes improving your posture. Some ways to improve your posture include balancing by standing near a wall, adjusting your leg, and bending your knee so that your thigh is parallel to the floor. You can also try alignment and alignment in movement as other ways of improving your posture. Some other ways to help prevent hunchback as you age include regular exercise, not allowing yourself to become overweight, avoiding tobacco and staying physically active at work by taking regular breaks to walk around and stretch if you’re prone to sitting in one spot for hours at a time.
Look After Your Liver
Your liver is an important part of your body that will keep you going in old age. Your liver is an important component of your body’s digestive system, so you need to keep it healthy so that it can do its job and function properly as you continue aging. Taking care of your liver is said to be more about avoiding the things that are bad for it as opposed to taking in food or drink that will nourish it. If you aren’t sure about what exactly is bad for your liver, some factors include avoiding cholesterol drugs that could affect your liver, avoiding certain dietary supplements, getting tested for viral hepatitis and not breathing in toxins. Some other things you should avoid are both smoking and drinking too much alcohol. If you find that you can’t control your alcohol intake as you’re struggling with an addiction, then you should try and find rehab centers in your area that may be able to help you before your health begins declining. When you drink too much alcohol or drink too quickly, your liver struggles to process the alcohol. When it reaches your liver, it is also said to produce a toxic enzyme called acetaldehyde, which is said to damage your liver cells and permanently scar your liver as well as negatively affect your brain and stomach lining.
Take Care of Your eyes
Your eyes are an important part of your body which can sometimes begin to fail you as you age. You should, therefore, make it a priority to look after them and get regular check-ups. Some tips for protecting your eyes include finding out if you’re at higher risk for eye disease, checking regularly for diabetes and high blood pressure as it can lead to loss from diabetic retinopathy as well as macular degeneration and eye strokes, looking out for warning signs of changes in your vision, protecting your eyes from harmful UV lights, getting your eyes checked every two years, and avoiding smoking. Doing these things should help keep your eyes in good shape as well as help you detect any issues that may be present and correct them before they become increasingly worse.
Build a Strong Heart
Ensuring your heart is strong is very important. One of the most common ways to do this is by doing regular cardio exercise to keep blood flowing through your heart. You could incorporate regular exercise into your daily life by walking more frequently, buying a bike and cycling to work, as well as jogging before or after work. By doing so, you should find that as well as keeping in shape, your heart will be in better condition as the years gradually progress. Some other ways to keep your heart healthy include drinking in moderation and as mentioned above quitting smoking if you happen to do so. You should also lower your cholesterol levels and eat foods that are good for your heart like avocado, nuts, olive oil, tomatoes, citrus fruit, dark chocolate, blueberry, oatmeal, and salmon. You can try and incorporate these into your diet by creating a weekly meal plan, especially if you have a busy schedule. Another tip for keeping your heart healthy is learning to manage your stress levels. There are so many ways that you can do this such as engaging in relaxing activities, learning to take breaks and rest, engaging yourself in activities that you love, learning to vent, and spending more quality time with people that you love.
Keep Your Brain Healthy
Diseases that affect the brain such as Alzheimer’s, neuropathy, stroke, and dementia can result in progressive memory loss as you continue to age. To prevent these diseases and keep your brain young, you should try keeping your brain stimulated through regularly playing games and crossword puzzles as well as solving math problems. Some other tips include getting physical exercise, improving your diet and blood pressure, considering low-dose aspirin, avoiding alcohol and smoking, caring for your emotions and mental health, protecting your head from injuries, and keeping a social network to ensure you’re regularly engaged as well as both physically and mentally active. In old age, it is likely that you want to remember all of the good things you learned in your youth, all of the lessons you learned, the many battles you won and all of the things you cherished, By taking time out on a daily basis to do some of the things mentioned, you should increase your chances of having a well-functioning brain that serves you well in old age.
Take Care of Your Teeth
It is likely that you’ve heard of or seen dentures. If you haven’t, dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back in at any time. If you don’t look after your teeth when you age, it is likely that you’re going to need them earlier than you can imagine. There are many ways to take care of your teeth which include common habits such as brushing your teeth and flossing on a regular basis. You should also visit the dentist regularly and check for any holes, cavities, gum disease, or anything else that could seriously affect your teeth later on or cause them to fall out prematurely. It is also important that you try and avoid excess sugary foods to prevent tooth decay and cavities which could also lead to tooth loss if not well maintained. some other tips include using fluoridated toothpaste, limiting acidic drinks and trying to develop the habit of brushing your teeth two times a day or more.
Keep your Legs Active
If you don’t want to end up immobile, taking care of your legs and making sure they’re strong is important as you age. When you become elderly, you may want to go for long walks and get up to different activities, so being able to walk around independently is key. Some ways that you can strengthen your legs include doing basic squats, trying lunges as a way to tone your quad muscles, regularly doing calf raises, regularly massaging your legs, and of course eating water-based fruits and vegetables on a regular basis in order to keep your body hydrated. As with most of the things mentioned above, collectively these changes will help create a healthy lifestyle, through the right foods and exercise.
There are truly no guarantees in life, and with age may come uncertainty. However, by making a conscious effort to look after yourself, you’re likely to increase the chances of having a body that you’re proud of in old age. Starting to work on, manage and maintain that body now is the key to making that your reality. Small changes in your day to day life can provide big changes in the long run, that will benefit your health for years to come.