There is a misconception that seniors have harsh limitations when it comes to obtaining a healthy lifestyle. Although most people think being fit means having a six pack or an incredibly lean figure, it’s a bit different than that. Our bodies are unique and so being fit is highly individual: it means becoming the healthiest version of yourself. It is about reaching your body’s full potentials by perfecting cardiorespiratory and muscular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility. It is about being mindful about your diet, listening to your body’s needs and providing it with needed nutrients. Being in shape is also about nurturing a healthy mind and taking care of your mental balance: here are a few useful tips you can consider for a healthier lifestyle after 50.
Consult an expert
Both men and women after 50 need to find a suitable exercising regime while considering their current fitness. It’s a lot easier to continue with physical activity if you’ve been committed to it in the earlier years. But if you’re a complete beginner, this path can be a bit rockier. Start by consulting with a doctor and make sure to discuss any doubts or insecurities you might have. Seek advice about the best activity you can engage in while taking in mind your current health condition (e.g. risk factors regarding health disease, high blood pressure, etc.).
Choose the right physical activity
The simplest thing you can try right away is walking. Research presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress showed a daily walk between 20 and 25 minutes helps in deferring the aging process and decreasing the risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, heart disease – all that while helping you maintain the optimal body weight. You can also try light jogging or swimming, as well as stretching exercises or yoga. Don’t shy away from strength training: your body hides incredible power – you just need to be consistent in order to make it stronger.
Learn to accept your age
Since the beginning of the human race, a man has been trying to find a way to stop time and stay forever young. Unfortunately, we live in the era where getting old is considered to be disgraceful or something to be ashamed of. Women are especially vulnerable and easy targets when it comes to age-shaming and so it can be extremely hard to make a distinction between how you personally feel about yourself and how the society forces you to feel. Mute these harmful voices. The trick is enjoying every period of your life to the fullest as they all have good and bad sides. Adjust your lifestyle to your age. Don’t fall into self-pity: psychosomatic is real and so chances are – you are setting unnecessary boundaries for yourself.
Find your inspiration
Inspiration is the fuel of life. You can find it in people you love or in building new relationships, in activities that make you smile or give you a sense of your identity, in traveling, art, or by spending time outdoors. Get rid of junk emotions as they are disrupting your mental health. Don’t think it’s too late for starting over: 50s can be the years of your life where you reach your best shape. Being positive is extremely beneficial for your overall health.
Stick to a proper diet
With age, our metabolism starts slowly declining and so you need to be more mindful about what you eat. Different types of food can help you lower your blood pressure and keep cholesterol under control. For example, incorporating more beans to your daily menu can help you lower “bad“ cholesterol by 5%. Apples help in this area too, along with keeping your heart in shape. Mind your food choices for better health.
Physical activity and proper diet need to be specifically tailored in order to address one’s needs. A holistic approach is the way to go: keep your body and your mind in shape, smile, and enjoy your years.