Healthy Living Over 50

Everyone wants to look young. Our culture is obsessed with youth and beautiful bodies. But, it’s not really all that new. The search for the fountain of youth can be traced back from the ancient times to present day.

When we get older, especially after age 50, our bodies slowly start to fall apart. Often, you’ll find that it is much easier to put on weight now, than when you were younger…whether or not you WANT to do so.

There are, however, a number of things you can do to help keep that weight off and look younger:

First, it’s important to exercise every day. Your exercise program should be well-rounded and should include some sort of cardiovascular activity. Before starting your routine you should stretch and flex to avoid any injury. Otherwise, your muscles are tight and subject to injury.

Remember that as you get older, grayer, more wrinkled, and you start to sag…your muscles are not as elastic as they used to be. You can save money on “extreme makeovers” at the Beverly Hills plastic surgeon’s office by doing “preventative maintenance” through aerobic activity. And, just to be clear…aerobic activity does NOT include moving your arm up and down, scooping up food and putting it in your mouth.

Good exercises include walking, running, swimming, biking, or a gym workout. A nice mile-long walk at a decent pace can work wonders. For those who are bored easily, you might want to mix your routines…bike one day, walk the next, go to the gym the next day. In addition, instead of hiring someone to do your gardening, do it yourself. Do the same with home maintenance. You can burn off a lot of calories climbing a ladder, digging, raking etc.

As you age, your diet is of utmost importance. Not only WHAT you eat but HOW MUCH you eat. No matter your style of eating, it’s important to pay attention to the type of foods you’re eating as well as the quantity. Look for foods that are rich in fiber and low in fat. Fiber gives you that full feeling without eating a lot of food.

Try to avoid eating refined carbs which include: enriched white bread, pasta, and rice. Instead choose whole grain and wheat products. Also, consider eating leaner proteins such as fish and poultry.

Get exercise, eat less and eat right. These simple, base steps lead to living a healthy life…and can help you make the most of your senior (seasoned) years!

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