Staying healthy in your fifties is important to avoid serious (and very expensive) health complications later in life. You would want your retirement to be relaxing, not plagued with health issues. Though certain health problems are inevitable in old age, following the below tips would minimise your risk for them:
Go to the Gym
Even if you have never exercises before, now is good time as any to start. You can consult an exercise physiologist to know which types of physical activities are safe for your current health condition. However, it’s very rare that you will be exempted from exercising. Therefore, take up an activity that makes you sweat, like running, biking or even walking.
Replace Bad Carbs with Good Ones
You can run all you won’t, but you won’t lost pounds and put yourself at less risk for heart diseases without a proper diet. Dieting here does not mean drastically reducing the amount of food you eat each day. Instead, you should adhere to a healthy weight loss program with the intention of saving yourself from chronic problems in old age. Your plan should start by replacing bad carbs, like fatty fast food, with good cars, like a wholesome salmon and veggies meal. Reduce your refined carbohydrate intake. For example, it’s wise to replace foods like white rice and white bread with foods like brown rice and whole grain wheat bread. Stop eating at fast food restaurants and prepare your meals at home to ensure quality.
Get Enough Sleep
In addition to physical activity and health food, your body also needs adequate amounts of sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to its own slew of health problems later in life. For example, conditions like heart disease can be exacerbated by lack of sleep. You need at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep each day. You cannot make up for lost sleep during weekdays on weekends. Sleep has no rollover plan. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. So, plan your day to get enough sleep. Make it a priority.
Learn to Relax
Stress can make existing chronic diseases worse or make your body extremely vulnerable to chronic diseases. Stress can also cause conditions like insomnia that prevents you from getting enough sleep. So, learn to relax and ease the stress. You can try meditating. If not, just do something that relaxes you at least once a week, like reading or collecting stamps.
Don’t overwork and ruin your sleep time. You must have plenty of time during the day to exercise, sleep and also relax.