Did you know that the choices you made in your 20s with regards to your lifestyle will decide how you are going to age? Everything you chose back them in terms of diet and exercising will impact how your future self will be. If you want to age healthfully, then you need to start making the changes while they still matter. You should take a deep look at what you are eating? What is your emotional health? Are you spending enough time with your loved ones? These questions may seem inconsequential at the time but they have a huge role to play in your overall health as you grow older.
According to health experts, you don’t need to do a lot age well into your 60s. Just small, simple changes can maximize your possibility of staying healthy from your middle age and beyond.
Here are some easy tips that you can incorporate into your lifestyle today to get a healthy future tomorrow.
1. Keep your Calorie Intake Low: Everyone knows that your metabolism takes a beating over the years reducing your body’s ability to digest your meals faster. Health experts recommend that as you grow older, increase the intake of voluminous foods that you satiate you without increasing the calorie intake. Fruits and vegetables are high in fibre content and low in calories. They are also full of antioxidants that can increase your brain power and enhance your memory. Make green leafy vegetables a part of every meal to increase the intake of calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Together these minerals keep your blood pressure low and bones strong.
2. Get Regular Health Check-ups: When you hit the 50s mark, it is advisable to get a full body medical check-up every two years. Your blood pressure should be screened regularly and also your cholesterol levels. If you have a family history of certain diseases such as diabetes, it is important to get it checked every year to see early signs, should there be one.
3. Integrate Exercising into your Lifestyle: Did you know that lack of exercising in your routine coupled with poor diet and sedentary lifestyle may be aging your prematurely? Have you ever noticed that even though you are only in your 30s, your energy levels are abysmally low? All of this can be attributed to poor lifestyle and lack of exercising. However, all of this can be avoided by adding 30-45 minutes of exercise in your daily routine complete with a healthy diet.
4. Pay Attention to your Heart: Heart diseases are the most common cause of death among aging men and women. If experts are to be believed, women face the risk of heart attack within 10 years of menopause. If you want to mitigate the risk of heart disease, then you should maintain your Body Mass Index (BMI), cholesterol, LDL, HDL, blood sugar, and waist perimeter within a healthy range.
Apart from these simple lifestyle shifts, you should also exercise moderation if you consume alcohol and quit smoking altogether if you want a strong body well into your 60s.