How to Stay Strong in Your Old Age
Staying strong as we grow older is something that more and more of the population are starting to get on board with. Not only does it help improve your lifestyle but it can make you feel better within yourself both mentally and physically. As accessible as the world may be nowadays with the increasing availability of mobility scooters and other mobility means, working to be stronger is never a bad thing. Exercising, eating right and sleeping well can help you stay strong, and feel better within yourself too.
It may seem like the obvious answer, but exercise is the best option for staying strong as you grow older and you don’t even have to have started when you were younger. Keeping active not only helps you stay strong by preventing the loss of bone mass, but also improves your balance. As we age, our balance can suffer and we become at risk of falls, but with regular exercise the risk of falling decreases significantly.
Perhaps the most important thing about exercising as a member of the older generation, however, is to do something that you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy swimming, don’t feel like you have to swim for the sake of staying strong. Regular, gentle activity can be just as helpful. Go for walks, play tennis with your friends or simply find a sport or activity that you enjoy and feel like you would enjoy playing. It doesn’t have to be heavy, but enjoying what you’re doing can help improve your mental health as much as the physical.
Keeping up a balanced, nutritional diet is an important factor in staying healthy and strong as you grow older. High fiber fruits, vegetables and whole grains can keep you feeling strong, and keep your body running just like it did when it was younger. Drinking water is important too, with hydration not only providing internal health benefits, but can keep you looking younger for longer by keeping your skin hydrated and resistant to wrinkling.
Spend time preparing and cooking your food. It’s possible that your taste buds aren’t as effective as they used to be, but ensuring you are getting all of the nutrients that your body need is important to keeping a healthy, strong body.
Sleeping well can be just as beneficial as exercise for leading a healthy, happy life. Sleep helps us recuperate, giving our body a chance to recover from the harshness of the day, so it’s important that we get a good, restful sleep every night. Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark and cool, and that your bed is comfortable. Noise, light and being too hot can make sleeping difficult and uncomfortable, and an uncomfortable, potentially bad mattress can cause aches and pains that the sleep is supposed to be helping you avoid.
Develop rituals at night, like taking a bath or listening to music to help you wind down. Routines can not only give you time set aside to truly relax, but can help your brain get used to going to bed at a certain time to ensure regular, restful sleep. Increase your level of activity during the day to sleep better and more deeply at night. After all, there’s nothing worse than lying in bed for hours trying to sleep, when you know you aren’t tired enough to do so.