How to do more to look after your health as you age

An elderly couple with walking sticks with people dancing in the background

As we age, we need to think about our health more and the small things we could be doing each day to benefit it. There are lots of ways of doing that and if you want to start on the journey to a healthier lifestyle, you’re in the right place. I am going to talk about some of the things that you might want to start doing and how you can improve your approach to your health each day. Find out more about that below.

Lead an Active Life

First of all, you need to make sure that your levels of activity are as high as they can be. When you lead an active lifestyle, you also lead a healthier life. It’s as simple as that. So if you want to make sure that your joints are exercised and you’re not gaining unnecessary weight, take a walk each day or join an exercise class with other people in your age range. Although most gyms are closed at present there are a lot of suitable classes on you tube. I have been following walking exercise videos from Lesley Sansone.

Keep Your Mind Active Too

As well as keeping your body active, you also need to make sure that you’re keeping your mind as active as possible as well. Doing this is one of the most important things you can do because cognitive decline is a very real risk in later life. You should find puzzles or other activities that help to keep your mind fully occupied each day. If you can try learning another language with an app like Duolingo or take up a hobby like photography.

Take Charge of Your Health and Healthcare Like Never Before

It’s also a good idea to start taking a more active role in your health and how you look after it. If you haven’t really thought about your approach to healthcare, now is the time to change that. Places like Phoenix Hospital can help you to control your healthcare and choose healthcare providers that are most suitable for you. You don’t have to be a passive passenger when it comes to your healthcare.

Reduce Your Exposure to Stress

Stress is one of the worst things for our bodies, and it’s time that you did something to make sure you’re not exposing your body to more of it than you really need to. If you often find yourself getting stressed in difficult situations, you should stop to ask yourself why that is and what you can do to prevent it being a problem for you going forward. You might find it helpful to learn more about mindfulness or practice another relaxation strategy.

A group of old people sat on a bench looking out to sea.

Maintain Relationships and Cultivate New Ones

One of the most important things you can do for your mental health in old age is spend time with other people. That means maintaining your long-standing relationships and also going out of your way to cultivate new ones. Loneliness is a major problem for many people in older age, but you can take steps to avoid it. This has become even more important when a lot of older people are having to self isolate. Now more than ever you need to get to grips with technology and learn how to skype or zoom with friends and family.

As you reach older age, it makes sense to start doing more to look after your health. Even if this is something that you’ve never given all that much thought to in the past, now is the time to really change that and start making positive changes. I am always interested to learn what other people do to stay healthy so if you have any thing that works for you please share in the comments below.

This post has been added to mind exercises at wellness weekend. 

Author: Anne Fraser

Hi, I am Anne, I am a retired nurse from Bristol in South West England. I am married with five grown up children, four boys and a girl , a grandson and a cat. I like History, travel and reading. I hope to connect with other people with similar interests.

4 thoughts on “How to do more to look after your health as you age”

  1. A blast from the past to see Leslie Sansone’s name. Used to do her workout videos many moons ago. Will get reacquainted with her. Thanks for the reminder. I just checked out her walking videos on YouTube and added them to a YouTube folder I have for working out during Covid. So glad to reconnect with Leslie. #WW2020

  2. Hi Anne, These are excellent tips. I invite you to link this post with the Wellness Weekend link up on my blog. The link up is on the third Sunday of each month in 2020. The optional prompt in June is Mind exercises which you touch on. Thank you and have a wonderful week ahead!

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