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Seven Simple Guidelines for a Healthy Over 50 Life!

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

 

2) Exercise

  • 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.

 

4) Fiber

  • 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.

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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.

 

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