Stay fit and age healthily
The aging process starts from the moment we are born. A person may not realize it, but we must work to stay fit and healthy every day. You will end up feeling and looking younger throughout the aging process.
Watch your diet and continue your activities throughout your life. Your diet is closely related to aging and the health of your body. Your diet contains vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients you need to stay healthy.
If you are overweight, try engaging in an exercise program. Walking is a great program for dieting Start walking slowly and work your way up to 12 to 15 miles by walking 2 or 3 times a week. Walking gets your heart rate up so it does its job. You can ease the tightness and stiffness in your legs and along with losing weight through dieting, it helps tone your muscles.
Combine weightlifting with your running routine, but don’t overexert yourself as it will make your muscles sore. Along with your new walking and weight-lifting regimen, reduce your diet and take supplements to fill in the missing vitamins. Exercising will also burn off some of your vitamins, so make sure you’re getting enough, but not too much, of the supplements. If you are not sure about the amount to take, consult your doctor.
As you build new activities you will meet people and this always gives you something new to talk about to keep the depression away. You need encouragement and support throughout your goal of staying healthy. Seek support from family, friends, or people who share a common goal of living a healthy life.
As we age, high cholesterol becomes a health concern for most of us. Your new walking routine is a good start to lowering your level. 2 miles a day, 3 times a week will help lower your cholesterol levels by helping you lose that excess weight you’ve gained over the past few years. If walking doesn’t seem to help balance your cholesterol, try eating seven nuts.
The combination of both balances it sometimes. Make sure your doctor knows what you’re doing while these things are going on. Fat is good in nuts and olive oil to lower blood pressure and blood sugar. Try changing your diet and eating more whole grains while eating less of the meat you love so much. Use olive oil and canola margarine instead of fat spreads. For a snack… sneak into these nuts:
Has your blood pressure increased as you get older? Try adding three servings of low-fat dairy to your diet. Calcium, magnesium and potassium are good for lowering this blood pressure.
Cancer is always a threat to us, young and old, so we must start early to try to prevent it. Vitamin D is a good vitamin to take along with 10-15 minutes of sun a week without sunscreen. If you watch your diet and take vitamins, you reduce the risk of developing colon, breast or ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer in women is very common, but women still have options to reduce their risks. Drinking green and black tea twice a day or even eating an apple or grapefruit will help. Anything high in antioxidants is good.
It’s a good idea to mix up your foods daily to cover everything so you don’t get bored of eating the same things over and over again. Mix whatever you eat in a recipe or on your plate with nuts, maybe some black-eyed peas, whole grain bread or granola, and add a little peanut butter to that bread.
Changing your diet may not prevent you from getting cancer, but it is known to lower the risk and help prevent it. Remember that you are not a doctor, so get checked regularly.