Ah, the golden years. Whoever said that life begins at 40 clearly has not yet stepped on the 50 year old mark. If you are 50 or above, you are half-way through the century of your life. That’s exactly what a lot of us would want to have – a long life. A life that, if given the chance, could live to a century, so that you will have enough time to do everything that you want to do.
Well, you have the power to control that and make it happen. Living longer means you need to keep yourself healthy and fit so that you can fight the life threatening diseases and health problems that are sometimes brought about by aging. If you are healthy, you will still get to do things that you want to experience. You can still roam around, see new things and places. If you are healthy, you will get to see the next generation of your family.
Yes, if you are healthy. That means you alone have control to it. Keep your waistline under control and eat healthily. Here are 11 tips on staying healthy and fit after 50.
1. Stay Active
The secret to making sure that your body parts still function properly is to give them a test run every now and then. Even better if you use them regularly.
Think of your body as a car. If you are well oiled, you can run smoothly, right? It’s the same thing for the body. If you are stagnant, your joints and muscles will become stagnant as well.
If you notice, most of the people over the age of 50 and above who still look young have one thing in common. They stay active physically and they move around a lot. This is the first rule that you should follow if you want to stay fit in your 50’s.
2. Do Cardio Exercises
We all know that the heart is a delicate organ – not only in the emotional aspects, but physically too. As you age, the heart may also grow weaker.
This is why most heart problems sprout up in the later stages in life. Now, what you need to do is to keep your heart sound and healthy. How do you do that? By doing cardio exercises.
Doing cardio exercises will help keep your heart strong and beat normally. It is, after all, a muscle. Muscles can develop in a good way when they are exercised frequently. Cardio exercises include walking, jogging, running and swimming. Whatever you are comfortable with, it will be good for you to start doing it.
3. Eat Fruits And Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables provide your body a great deal of vitamins and nutrients that can keep your health in check and make you fit.
Fruits and vegetables alone are complete with the needed vitamins for your body. If you eat these regularly, you won’t need as many supplements as you see other people in their 50’s take.
The lesser the artificial supplements you take, the better. The more natural you become, the better for your health and fitness. Instead of eating processed foods that are filled with preservatives, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, so that you can get the full nutrients.
4. Eat Protein Rich Foods
You need energy and power to keep moving and being active. Your road to fitness is only limited to the amount of energy that you can exert. This means you need the help of the types of food that can keep you strong and energetic.
Protein rich foods are known to make the bones, muscles and body strong and filled with energy. If you want to stay fit and have the energy to work out and stay active always, you need to have power. Protein will be your source of power, which is why it will be good to have protein in your meals.
5. Watch What You Eat
It is the most basic rule in fitness for all ages. You should always watch what you eat. Especially now that you are need to be more careful since your body is aging. Any mistake in your routine, be it on your diet or daily activities, could have negative impacts on you physically.
It would help if you follow an intricate diet plan that contains healthy food. Of course, once in a while, it would not hurt to indulge.
But you need to make sure that majority of what you eat is good for the body. This way, you can stay healthy while on your road to fitness.
6. Drink Water
Hydration is an essential part of our daily routine. The doctor’s advice to drink eight glasses of water daily is not a metaphor. You should drink eight glasses of water, at least. Water is the fluid of life.
It is full of antioxidants that help cleanse the blood. Water also helps in metabolism and digestion, which means it can help cleanse out the food from the body. It can also help extract the nutrients from the food that we eat.
As you age, the more will your body need to be hydrated as it doubles the effort to make your organs and systems function. It is advisable to always bring water with you anywhere you go and drink every chance you get.
7. Get Enough Sleep
There’s this funny joke that says when you were young, your parents would always tell you to sleep. As you grew older, your parents would get mad if you always slept. But kidding aside, sleep is a very important part of your life. In your 50’s, rest and sleep are even more valuable.
Your body, although you choose to stay healthy and active, will not be as fit as it is when you were younger. That means your body will need rest more often as compared to when you were in your 20’s or 30’s.
8. Don’t Skip Your Meals
Another thing that you should strictly follow when you are in your 50’s and above to stay fit and healthy is your meal schedule. It would be best to eat every four to five hours during the day, which means breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Unlike when you were younger, skipping meals is not a good idea. Well, it never is a good idea at any age. You should always eat at the right time and avoid skipping meals. This is because if your stomach will not have any food to digest, it could lead to stomach problems or even worse, health problems.
9. Stop Going On Diets
When we say diets, we mean those strict, no breakfast, fixed lunch, no dinner or cutting out nutritious foods kind of diets. Seriously, it is time to stop these things.
It may have been good during your younger years and it may have even been effective. But you body needs all the natural nutrients that it can get now if you want to stay fit and healthy.
Here’s a secret diet for your golden years: eat healthy and do not go on restrictive diets anymore.
10. Stop Investing In Weight Loss Products
First of all, weight loss products have no approved therapeutic claims. They may work for a time, but the other implications of taking such unnecessary food supplements can be bad.
Let’s just put it plainly and simply: some weight loss products are not good for your body. To be fair, it is also not good even to the young ones, either.
Taking too much weight loss products can be bad for the kidneys. You are not even fully sure if they even work. It can disrupt your eating habits greatly which, in turn, will affect your health and fitness. So really, you are not doing yourself any good if you continue to use those products for weight loss with high levels of caffeine and other substances.
12. Do Everything The Natural Way
You know, the more natural your choices are in food and vitamins, the more your body will appreciate it. Instead of eating processed foods, eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Instead of jogging on a treadmill, go outside and take a brisk walk and see new sights.
There’s a difference between being healthy because you take vitamins and eat nutrients-rich but processed food than being healthy naturally because you do everything the natural way.
When you age, some of your body functions – especially the ones inside – may not be as fully functioning as how it was when you were younger.
It’s a normal thing that everyone will go through. Aging can expand your waistline; decrease your stamina and other health stuff that slows down as you age.
But think about this: aging is just a number and greying hair is just a symbol of your wisdom. You can still live your life to the fullest, even in your 50’s, 60’s and beyond. You just need to life a healthy lifestyle.
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