When we think about the 60s, we think about retirement or grandchildren or old age setting in. We even hear that as we grow older, we get prone to some medical conditions such as hypertension or diabetes or arthritis.
When we reach the age of 60, we see it as a period of rest and tend to just relax and enjoy the rest periods after working for so long. We go for spa treatments, find a hobby, travel to see the world and any other thing that we may have on our to-do list.
Unfortunately, some of the hobbies are not usually healthy. Some of those in this age bracket will like to stay healthy but they either overdo it or get discouraged from staying healthy.
Well, let us look at some tips you need to know about staying healthy and how easy it is.
Go for a routine medical check-up
As we get older, there are some medicals we have to go to regularly. Aging increases the risk for certain conditions like hypertension, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, cancer, osteoporosis, enlarged prostate, and others.
See your doctor regularly to ensure you stay healthy. They will advise you to run some tests to check the state of your major organs. Some of these tests include:
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) – to check out for an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer
Fasting blood sugar test – to prevent or control diabetes
Blood pressure – to control or prevent
Eye exam – to rule out cataracts or any visibility issues
Some of these assessments can be done in your homes as well. You can purchase your personal blood pressure monitor and check your blood pressure regularly. Your readings can be written in a book and shown to your doctor at your next appointment to ensure your blood pressure is within a healthy range.
Medications may be prescribed to help manage these diseases. Please be compliant with your medications, which you will need to take before exercising.
Adults in their 60s are to be active for at least 150 minutes a week. Discuss exercising with your doctor before you begin. Your doctor will look at your vitals and may refer you to a physiotherapist who will design an exercise plan specific to your needs.
Exercises needed by the elderly are:
Aerobics work on the cardiopulmonary system (heart and lungs). This should be done in bouts of 10 minutes. You can get an good home elliptical machine to help you achieve this
Strengthening exercises that should be done 2 – 3 times a week to major muscles of the body
Balancing exercises, which help to prevent falls that tend to occur in this age group. Since osteoporosis causes brittleness of the bones, a fall can lead to a fracture, which may take a long time to heal, requiring elderly people to use bathing aids like transfer benches.
Activities like walking, dancing, engaging in sporting activities like squash, table tennis, and lawn tennis. If you are a lover of dogs, getting a dog will require to take them for walks regularly which also makes you walk and keep fit.
Exercising regularly also helps you manage your weight and keep it within a healthy range.
Engage In Social Activities
Get yourself involved in social activities. This helps with your memory, keeps you active and does not make you get bored easily.
Get yourself involved in church activities, walking groups, dance classes, or group sporting activities.
This will keep you motivated regularly to exercise and stay fit. It will also make you look forward to the next event or meeting, you make new friends, discuss your health needs and work together to achieve a healthy goal.
Invite your grandchildren over. Children love to play and like to get everyone involved. Play along with them and make memories. Playing with them can also make you active.
Eat right. Eat healthily. Due to a change in bowel function and movement, as we grow older, eat more fruits and vegetables. Eat a balanced diet, reduce intake of processed foods, and drink lots of water to stay hydrated. You can also check this chart to learn how your poop can relate to your gut health.
Exercise Your Brain
Never stop learning. Your brain needs to continue learning, which makes the brain healthy. Play games, read books, play with puzzles, red books or any other activity you may find interesting. It is never too late to learn.
You are never too old to make a positive change or learn anything new.
Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been – David Bowie