How Can You Best Look After Your Health in Later Life?

Your health is arguably the most important thing in your possession. It’s something that can slip away easily, and so it should be protected. While there are no guarantees when we retire, there are simple measures we can take to reduce the risks, and give ourselves the best possible chance of a long and fulfilling later life.

Why does Health Matter?

It’s easy to think at this point of your expected lifespan. But we should also be thinking about how many of those remaining years will truly be prosperous. Investing a little bit of attention and effort into preserving health can pay dividends in terms of prosperity.

How? Diet and Fitness

Staying as healthy as possible for as long as possible means maintaining a balanced diet, which incorporates all the major macronutrients your body needs. As we age, our protein requirements tend to increase, since muscle mass tends to fall away more easily. Given that skeletal muscle will improve our mobility, and reduce our likelihood of suffering an injury, the common advice is for older people to consume more protein than a younger person might.

Staying active is also essential. This is easy if it’s habitual. Going for a daily walk, or participating in a weekly round of golf or tennis, might be helpful in different ways. What really matters is that the form of exercise is enjoyable; when it is, you’ll be more inclined to stick with it over the long term.

Medical Checks

The earlier we know about our health problems, the better our chances will be of dealing with them. This applies especially to conditions like cancer, which are often advanced by the time that symptoms manifest. You might also consider over 50 life insurance, which might offer coverage without any checks for preexisting medical conditions.

Socialisation

Mental and social deterioration can occur in much the same way as physical decline. Make sure that you’re regularly checking in with friends and family, and that you’re maintaining a healthy social calendar. Pick a few activities that you enjoy, and build your social time around them. Your social life doesn’t need to involve alcohol – and, given the health risks of alcohol, you might want to arrange things such that it’s not a factor.

Vitamins and Minerals

We’ve already mentioned the benefits of macronutrients. But what about micronutrients? These are the substances that we need in very small quantities: vitamins and minerals that help the body to function as it should. The best way to get these into your diet is through a balanced diet based on whole foods. You might hear certain kinds of diets recommended, like the Mediterranean, Atkins or Paleo diets. What really matters is diversity on your plate, and plenty of vegetables. Once you’ve got that worked out, you can consider filling any gaps through supplementation.

About Lisa Baker, Editor, Wellbeing News 4262 Articles
Editor Lisa Baker is passionate about the benefits of a holistic approach to healing. Lisa is a qualified Vibrational Therapist and has qualifications in Auricular Therapy, Massage, Kinesiology, Crystal Healing, Seichem and is a Reiki Master.