If you are in your 50s and thinking about the quality of your life as you get older and what you want that to look like there are some things you can do to make sure you have a long and active life. While nothing is guaranteed, taking some steps now can put you into a good position to be able to continue to be active even as you consider aging in place.
Take these three steps now and you can be living the life for many years to come.
- Get a physical. Knowing all of your baseline health statistics and any underlying health problems is invaluable to living a long and healthy lifestyle. If there are any problems they will be caught early and be addressed before they become serious.
- Get physical. Staying physically fit and active is one of the best things you can do to improve your chances of a healthy and long life. Spending just a half an hour a day focused on physical fitness can keep you looking and feeling fine for many years to come. As you continue to do this, you should also place an importance on strength training. You don’t need to have bulging muscles, but a strong base of muscle will help you maintain your independence for many years to come.
- Reduce your intake of sugar and salt. While these two ingredients do a lot to flavor our favorite foods they are also prone to affect your health in a long-term way. Cutting back on these two ingredients in particular have been shown to reduce cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease or diabetes.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in your younger years can lead to a happy, healthy, and active lifestyle as you age. Even if you are not out running five miles a day when you are 80 years old, you can still have mobility and strength so you can maintain the independence you desire. Living a long and healthy life is the goal for many and that starts today.