PR: How seniors can improve their daily health routine

23.04.2018

Seniors can make small changes in their everyday life to make significant health improvements.

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We all know that our health should be a priority throughout life but with busy lifestyles and distractions it can be easy to forget to take care of our minds and bodies. With improvements in technology, medicine and education, we’re living longer, and for the most part, healthier lives.

So, as we get into the later stages of life, how can we maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle?

 

Take care of your skin

Did you know skin is the largest organ of the human body? It’s therefore important that we take care of our skin. As we age, skin becomes thinner and dryer and as a consequence, loses elasticity. This means wrinkles start appearing but more importantly cuts and bruises can take a lot longer to heal.

The largest threat to our skin, however, comes from the sun. It’s now well known that the sun’s harmful UV rays cause skin cancer. In Australia, it’s estimated that two in three people will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they’re 70. The best way to prevent skin damage, apart from staying indoors out of the sun, is to simply apply sunscreen. A great idea is to get a quality moisturiser that includes SPF which will provide sun protection.

 

De-stress

Stress has been linked to a plethora of health problems, such as diabetes, insomnia and heart disease, so it’s important you know how to manage your stress in a healthy way. Exercise and relaxation are the two best ways to manage your stress in a natural and healthy manner.

Of course, everyone’s different and there’s a range of ways one can get some stress relief. Socialising with friends and spending time with your family can also be extremely effective for dealing with stress.

 

Diet is key

By now we all know just how important a healthy diet is in living a healthy life. While, it might be obvious, eating healthy can help you avoid illnesses such as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

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Focusing on a balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables can help ensure our bodies receive all the right nutrients while also improving our memory and cognitive functions.

 

Stay active

In addition to a healthy diet, regular exercise can do wonders for one’s health. As we age, it can become more of a challenge to find and complete exercises. However, finding an exercise routine that you can complete and enjoy can be hugely beneficial for your health.

Physical activity can help to maintain strength, balance and flexibility while also helping you fight anxiety and sleep problems.

 

A healthy weight

With a healthy diet and regular exercise, it’s much easier for seniors to maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can increase the risk high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

Of course, a ‘healthy weight’ will be different for everyone. A way of finding the average weight you should maintain is to use a BMI calculator to find your Body Mass Index.

 

Health screenings

Getting older means keeping a closer eye on our health, or in other words, getting regular health check-ups. For example, after the age of 50, women should begin mammography screenings, while men should be getting checked for prostate cancer.

Improving your daily routine to benefit your health might sound like it involves a lot, but most of the time, the little changes can make the biggest differences. Focus on eating fresh, natural foods, being active, and managing your stress levels. With some mindfulness and commitment to your health, you will be able to maintain a healthy, balanced life at any age.

 

Claire is a content manager at Banfields, a state of the art, luxurious aged care facility. The Banfields facility is part of the Australian Aged Care Group, who have provided excellent care for over 50 years.

Article last time updated on 24.04.2018.

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