Health and Wellness in our Aging Years

Health and Wellness in our Aging Years

Maintaining our physical appearance can help us feel confident, but appearance shouldn’t be
our only focus.

Sometimes, focusing on unrealistic expectations causes us to forget what
matters – our inner health and wellness. Beauty truly is more than skin deep.

Benefits of Focusing on Your Health

Aging brings health concerns for most of us. Older adults are prone to chronic health conditions
such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease.

Paying attention to what you eat and finding a regular exercise routine can improve your health
immediately. A healthy diet can help you maintain a healthy weight and a strong heart, while
an exercise routine can help you maintain healthy bones and a healthy brain.

Osteoporosis is very common among older adults. When you have weak bones and low bone
density, you can develop osteoporosis and suffer frequent fractures. Regular exercise can help
strengthen your bones and increase your bone density.

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death among seniors. Our hearts can weaken as
we age, making it difficult to pump blood sufficiently. When this happens, blood pressure rises
and arteries clog. All of these issues cause heart disease. Regular exercise can help prevent
heart disease.

Healthy on the inside, healthy on the outside

When your body is healthy and you’re free from stiffness and joint pain, it shows. You look and
move like a younger person—and that increases your confidence. Confidence is attractive at
any age.

While it’s a bad idea to obsess about our physical appearance, everyone wants to look her best.

Good health is a great look on everyone!

Exercise for seniors

People aren’t always as strong and agile in retirement as they were in their youth—although if
you’ve exercised regularly, you’re probably in great shape. But if you’ve let the exercise habit
slip, you should ease into a new routine slowly and choose activities that are gentle on your
bones, joints, and muscles.

Walking or jogging around your neighborhood or on a treadmill is a simple activity anyone can
do. Add in some yoga if you’re open to it—it’s great for balance and breath control. Swimming
is easy on your joints and excellent for your heart.

If you want to really build cardiovascular performance and endurance (as well as tone and
tighten your legs and bottom), a stair-stepper is a great choice. Machines are much better than
actually exercising on stairs; if you fall, it won’t be as catastrophic as a tumble down the stairs.

Remember to consult your doctor before starting any new exercise routine, especially if it’s
been a while since you’ve worked up a sweat. He’ll be able to recommend exercises that work
with your body and any health conditions you have, and you’ll feel much better about getting
started.

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