Aging With Grace and Health
As women it is imperative to consider how we can live our best lives no matter how old we are. Below is a guide to help you age with grace and most importantly health.
Healthy Aging Activities
All of us become less capable of doing certain things as we get older, and as our bodies change, so must our activities, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop all-together. If you are a life-long tennis player, consider playing doubles instead – it’s a bit less running and that means less pressure on the joints. Likewise, if you’ve always been a runner, but find that it makes you achier than before, consider fast-paced walks or swimming.
If exercising is new and you want something age appropriate, walking is one way to stay in shape. It’s a simple activity with great benefits for people of all ages. Regular time spent walking helps to maintain the healthiness of cardiovascular and respiratory systems, retains muscle and bone density, and keeps the mind active. Walking is also a wonderful way to meet new people, discover new places, and generally have new experiences.
Senior yoga is another way to stay healthy. It keeps both the mind and body in balance. If you want to skip the class, consider these balancing exercises.
- Heel-to-toe walking.
- Standing on one leg.
- Balance walking.
- Back and side leg raises.
One of the most common causes of injuries in older people is falling. Balance exercises can help people maintain their sense of balance, even improve it, as they practice them. Do these activities regularly and with another person present in case of accidents.
Healthy Eating for Longevity
Much of the dietary advice we have heard all of our lives continues to be helpful in our golden years. Eat a well-balanced diet, make sure we have enough vitamins and minerals, beware of trans fats, and consider portions. However, there are some additional health factors that come into play as we get older.
One essential fact to remember is that as we age, the amount of calories we need to take in declines. Because our metabolism slows down after menopause, our caloric needs change. Losing weight may become more challenging, but as long as you are staying active and eating well, your body will find the proper balance. Eating more greens, fruits, and vegetables is an excellent idea as we get older.
Osteoporosis is a well-known and common problem among women. A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, which our bodies need to absorb calcium, keeps bones strong. Dairy products, fish with edible bones, and dark green vegetables are all excellent sources of calcium. Sunshine is a great source of Vitamin D, so play outside when you can, and discuss talking a supplement if necessary.
To learn more or if you have specific questions related to your health, contact the physicians at Women’s Medical Associates of Nashville.