Staying healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. We have seven guidelines for a healthy Over 50 life which are easy to incorporate into your everyday life.
How to be Healthy Over 50:
1) Consult with and maintain a relationship with your primary care physician
- Pay attention to medication instructions and keeping them current
- Routine checkups are important – Schedule, when suggested by your physician, preventive exams related to age recommendations
- Don’t stop moving: walk, run (if you are able), ride a bike or engage in other types of aerobic exercise.
- Exercise helps the body maintain and build vital body functions – Do something everyday.
- Exercise’s advantages are “fewer heart risks, improved sleep and memory, less depression and pain, better bone strength, and fewer falls” – according to Heather Whitson, MD.
3) Take supplements, in consultation with professional medical experts
- Consider age-appropriate multivitamins.
- Calcium and vitamin D for bone health – And others recommended by medical professionals.
- Consult with a Licensed Nutritionist regarding your intake of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables
- Men and Women need different levels, that’s why you may want to seek nutritional advice.
5) Fruits and vegetables
- Eat two cups of fruit and 2 1/2 cups of vegetables with variety every day.
- Consider adding soups, vegetable juice, tomato sauce, stir-fry or fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables.
- We strongly advise sticking to the Mediterranean diet which is one of the healthiest and delicious ways in the world to eat.
- According to Dr. Whitson, the Mediterranean diet has been linked to better heart health and greater longevity.
6) Drink water and fluids that maintain hydration
- Drink fluids throughout your day.
- Water is considered the best calorie- free beverage.
7) Stay Connected
- You can lose touch and get isolated when family moves away and friends move on. Don’t let that happen.
- “The more connectedness people have, the better,” Whitson says.
- Build a support network through your doctor, community center, or religious organization.