As we age, it behooves us to make our health and wellness a primary focus. Heart health, a consistent concern in the United States, affects many seniors, along with a host of other potential issues. But aging doesn’t have to mean decline. Here are some ways to make sure your heart and body stay healthy so you can keep living life on your terms.
Maintain a healthy weight. Excess belly fat has been linked to heart disease, and healthy people are less likely to develop certain brain disorders that commonly affect the elderly, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Stay active. Though activity may seem difficult if you are afflicted with chronic aches or fatigue, consult a physician and ease into an exercise routine reasonable for your current health. Exercise promotes cardiovascular health, enhances cognitive function, and helps your body stay strong and agile.
- Eat a well-balanced diet. It is easier than ever to access high-calorie, low-nutrient foods. These foods, however, provide little benefit to a body at any age. Diets rich in nutrients, such as iron, omegas, and protein, give your body its best shot at combating disease. Moreover, antioxidant rich foods provide anti-carcinogenic benefits and keep skin and hair healthy.
- Monitor your vices. Tobacco and alcohol are two of the main culprits of disease in America. Tobacco impedes lung function, and therefore reduces endurance and stamina for physical activity. Alcohol forces your body to strain itself to cleanse you of the toxins it introduces and stresses your liver and kidneys, which affects weight and digestion.
- Reduce anxiety. Finding a healthy way to relax and unwind is key to mental and physical health. Stress causes the brain to produce harmful hormones, which can impede your weight, heart, digestion, and cognitive abilities. Meditation and calming exercise have been shown to combat stress effectively, but if you aren’t sure where to begin, look to your friends and family for advice and support or search for solutions online.
- Be mindful of your numbers. When going about your day and making food and activity choices, keep your blood pressure, cholesterol, and any other problem areas in mind. Thinking about the effects healthy choices have on tangible and quantifiable problems is a great way to encourage positive daily choices.
- Know your insurance. Many providers offer regular checks and screenings, with some like Medicare going as far as covering 100% of in-home help to manage chronic disease or a new diagnosis. Look into your plan and see what benefits your provider can offer.
When it comes to long-term heath, daily decisions and lifestyle changes are the best medicine. Take care of your body, and give it all the things it needs to thrive. Call Preferred Home Health Care with any additional questions or concerns.