They say there is ‘no time like the present’ when it comes to taking charge of your ageing and the status of your health. If you have a parent or spouse suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia it may drive home the importance of taking the time to truly look after yourself - setting yourself up comfortably for your golden years.
It is well-known that happy ageing makes for healthy ageing – here are a few top tips for being the boss of your physical well-being and ageing happily:
Check your cholesterol levels
It’s important to get this checked at least once a year. Learning more about your cholesterol levels will help you to make the right lifestyle and food choices and maintain your personal health goals.
Assess your risks of developing common types of cancer
As you age, it’s important to be upfront and honest with yourself – are you at a prime age where developing certain types of cancer can occur? Speak to your doctor about the health warning signs to look out for and whether you are at risk. If you are at risk, make sure to go for the recommended tests and screenings – after all, early detection and treatment elevates the chances of survival dramatically.
Pack your diet with fruits and vegetables
Making sure your diet is balanced with fruits and vegetables and healthy fats is essential to reducing your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other dread diseases.
Maintain meaningful relationships and your social life
Social isolation has been linked to poor health, including anxiety, depression and an increased risk of developing mental health issues. Stay connected with family and friends, volunteer your time, get outdoors and maintain healthy emotional connections with those around you.
Manage your risks of heart disease
As we age, we become susceptible to developing heart diseases such as atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) if our heart health is not maintained. Take charge of the condition of you heart with a proper, balanced diet, regular exercise, stress and weight management. Asking your doctor for an EKG once a year is also recommended.
Train your brain
Boosting your brain fitness is imperative to warding off mental health issues and lowers your risks of developing diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Keep your brain active with board games, crossword puzzles, puzzle building and social interaction with friends and family!
Understanding the importance of maintaining your health when you have it is paramount to enjoying the golden years you deserve. It’s never too late to start – take charge of your well-being and stay at the top of your game!