Are you aging healthily?
We all know that people in the U.S. are living longer than ever before. Some seniors are living active healthy lives, others are not. As we age, our bodies and minds will go through several changes. Still, there are things you can do to keep yourself healthy and active. Just be aware that some of the changes are normal aging and others could be a warning sign of a medical problem. It is important to know the difference, and to let your healthcare provider know if you have any concerns.
First things first. Having a healthy lifestyle can help you to deal with the normal changes as you age and let you make the most of your life. Yes, aging will likely cause you to develop wrinkles and gray hair. The aging process can also affect your teeth, heart and sexuality? Talk to your health care professional about the kind of changes you can expect in your body as you continue aging and ask them to guide you in promoting good health at any age.
As you age, it is normal to have your heart rate become slightly slower, and your heart may also become bigger. Blood vessels and your arteries sometimes become less elastic, making your heart to work harder to pump blood. The result is called hypertension or high blood pressure and you may experience other cardiovascular problems.
What you can do to promote heart health>
- Include physical activity in your daily routine. Try walking, swimming are good activities but check with your health care provider firs. Regular moderate physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight, lower blood pressure and lessen the extent of arterial problems.
- Eat a healthy diet. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, high-fiber foods and lean sources of protein, such as fish are good and good for you. Your health care provider probably has a list of “ideal foods for you. A healthy diet can help you keep your heart and arteries healthy.
- If you smoke STOP. Smoking contributes to the hardening arteries and increases your blood pressure and heart rate as well as causing a host of other problem.
- Manage stress. Stress can cause weight gain and take a toll on your heart. Take steps to reduce stress — or learn to deal with stress in healthy ways.
- Get enough sleep. Quality sleep plays an important role in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. People's needs vary, but generally aim for 7 to 8 hours a night.