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Nutrition and Exercise - Partners for Life

The senior population is booming, and soon 20% of Americans will be 65 years or older. If you’re lucky, aging is inevitable, and living independently through our “golden years” is one of the most important goals to obtain.

Aging can cause an array of common ailments: heart problems, losing muscle strength, osteoporosis (weak bones), memory loss, poor posture, problems balancing, and a host of other preventable health problems. By taking steps to implement a healthy lifestyle, you can age gracefully and truly enjoy your ability to live independently.

Maintaining your physical health is important to healthy aging. Practicing healthy habits throughout your life is ideal, but it's never too late to reap the benefits of taking good care of yourself. Studies show that seniors in their 90s can improve their strength and flexibility. Getting older doesn't necessarily mean you'll have a slew of medical problems or poor quality of life, and you can enjoy aging if you understand what’s going on with your body and take steps to maintain your health.

Here are some tips for healthy aging that are good for any stage of life:

-- Get up and start doing Aerobic exercise (continuous movement for 20 to 30 minutes per day). This will help keep your heart strong, improve your energy, burn calories for weight control, and help with sleep and stress. Some examples are: walking, biking, swimming, and rowing. Find an activity you like and stick with it.

-- Lift weights. Resistance training will help strengthen your bones and muscles. As we age, our body will lose strength and with this problem our bones and muscles will weaken. You don’t have to let this happen. If you start lifting weights two to three days per week, you can keep your body strong. Consult a fitness professional on prescribing a complete and balanced weight training program.

-- Eat healthy and cut out the junk food. A well-balanced nutritional plan is a key to keeping an aging body vibrant. Some of the major problems that we run into are: our portion per meal is too much, too much sugar snacks, improper hydration (water), not enough fruits and vegetables, and drinking too many calories (alcohol, sodas, and high sugar juices).

-- See your health care provider: Have regular check-ups with your physician, dentist, and optometrist. You can prevent some common health problems if you see these health care providers annually.

-- Stretch and balance: We lose flexibility and balance as we age. As our muscles and bones weaken, our range of motion and sense of balance decrease. Stretching everyday will help keep you limber. One of the most common problems seniors face is falling. Lack of strength, flexibility, and weak bones make for a bad combination and can increase the risk of falling. Balancing is a behavior in which the brain has to read the signals from your feet. If not practiced over time (years), then you lose that “sense” of balance.

-- Stop Smoking: Smoking is one of the worst things you can do to your body. Smoking can cause cancer, weaken bones, ruin your skin, impair your breathing, damage your eyes, teeth, hair, and nearly everything else in your body. It’s a hard habit to break, but it needs to be broken to live a healthy life.

Taking care of your physical health is important to aging gracefully, but it’s also important that you live independently. Age is just a number. Quality of life is the goal. Now is the time to savor good health and happiness.


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