Health Tips to Enjoy Senior Years

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[ad] Was it Groucho Marx who said, “If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”? You cannot pick up a book or switch on the television these days without having someone preaching to you about the benefits of healthy living. Most of these experts have something to sell and so are easy to dismiss. However, we should all make the effort to be healthy in order to improve our quality of life.

Maintaining health is all about moderation. There is no point going overboard to try and get healthy when we get to a certain age; that would be counterproductive to happiness.  It is easier to simply cut down rather than remove it from you life altogether and be miserable. Having said that, there are key guidelines to stay healthy.

Tobacco:

We have all seen the warnings on what smoking can do to us, but yet a high number of seniors still smoke. As seniors are more vulnerable to bronchitis, pneumonia and obstructive pulmonary disease, smokers should look into the possibilities of quitting. There are clinics, medication and counseling sessions everywhere. Here are helpful ways to stop smoking with natural ingredients.

Alcohol:

There is nothing wrong with consuming alcohol, as long as you do so in moderation. Health guidelines state that men should not consume more than two units of alcohol a day, and women should limit themselves to one.   A unit is the equivalent of a glass of wine or beer, or a 1-ounce shot of liquor.  Red wine in small amounts is considered beneficial for the heart, barring any other health problems.

Exercise:

Seniors should do at least an hour's worth of exercise every week. It can be split into six lots of ten minutes, three lost of twenty minutes and so on… you get the picture. That hour of exercise can give the muscles and joints a work out to ensure that they remain supple and flexible, thus cutting the risk of arthritis and stiff joints. It gets the blood pumping, boosts your immune system and  keeps  illnesses at bay to ensure that you enjoy your health rather than let it rule your life.

Nutrition:

A healthy diet is vital for seniors. Diabetes is common in later years and can be controlled by diet. Other ailments such as osteoporosis and arthritis can also be aided by a carefully controlled diet. Although none of these illnesses can be cured by a healthy diet, the condition that senior bodies are in can. Eating nutritious wholesome meals can give seniors the strength to fight against their effects.  If you have problems eating healthy foods because of your budget or a loss of taste, be sure to tell your physician.  There are many helpful organizations like Meals on Wheels that can help.

Medical attention:

Seniors should get regular health checks that include blood pressure and sight/hearing exams, heart and lung checks, bone scans, skin checks for moles, colon tests, and more. Blood glucose should also be tested so any sign of diabetes can be caught early, and some doctors will even do a urine test as well to make sure that their patients are in good health.

There is nothing more precious than your health and seniors should pay more attention to theirs than most! If you take care of your body, it will better take care of you!

Resources

WeLoveWiis.com

Nintendo Wii Fitness games are great for the entire family and there is something for any age.  Learn what Wii games can do for you!

University of Illinois Alcohol Report

Stop Smoking

Numerous tip, facts, and stop smoking resources from Health Counsel

Seniors and Nutrition

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