Healthy aging is a term used for people who are beginning to get older and want to live a long, healthy life. It includes making changes to your lifestyle and preparing for getting older. This includes taking better care of your body with proper nutrition and exercising, along with trying to prevent problems as you get older such as cardiovascular problems. With healthy aging, you think of what you might experience and how best to handle it such as hair loss, hearing loss, cardiovascular or bone issues, and other things that can occur when you get older.
Factors that Determine your Health
As you age, a variety of factors are going to determine how healthy you are as you get older. This is the basis of healthy aging. Some of the factors include your family genetics, medical conditions you already have especially chronic ones, and your lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise, and whether you smoke, drink, or do illicit drugs. Genetics is one factor you can’t do anything about, such as heart disease or diabetes running in the family. However other factors can be handled early on to ensure healthy aging such as eating better, starting an exercise plan and quitting unhealthy habits like smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol.
Changes to Expect
When focusing on healthy aging, there are some changes you should focus on to help prepare for the aging process. One thing to think about is that your body will go through a variety of changes, such as your metabolism slowing done and your body needing less energy from food over time. This means you will end up eating less to maintain your weight and stay healthy. How well you sleep is also going to change so you may need to add more to your daily exercise routine in order to get an adequate amount of sleep each night. Once you reach your 50s, your hearing loss becomes more obvious, and you may notice a lower sex drive and less sexual function as well as your bone aging increasing. Other things include your heart showing signs of wear and tear, and your kidneys not being able to hold as much water in your body at a time.
Changes to Make
By now, the changes you need to make for healthy aging should be obvious. You will want to stick to a healthy, well-balanced diet including a lot of whole grains, fruits and vegetables and cutting out fatty foods. Get plenty of exercise, possibly more than before, but be careful with the type of exercises you do. Try to get as much sleep and rest as possible, and make regular appointments with your doctor to have your blood pressure, heart rate, and other vitals checked.