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February 10, 2020

How to Stay Healthy as You Get Older

There are advantages to getting older, but it's important to be proactive about your health as you age. Luckily, there are things you can do to stay healthy as you grow older. Here are a few ideas.

Take a More Proactive Approach

As you age, it's important not to wait until something goes wrong with your health before you take action. According to Pacific Source Health Plans, it’s a good idea to take a proactive approach that involves going to preventative care appointments and making wise choices. Know your family history so you will be aware of specific concerns. Eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep are all essential for your overall health and well-being. This is especially true as you age since your body won't be as tolerant of nutrient deficiencies or sleep deprivation. Prioritize your health every day instead of waiting until you are ill to try to take action.

Cut Back

Indulging too often can be a major mistake as you age. Your body is not equipped to handle greasy foods and alcohol. You grow less tolerant of these things as you advance in years, and continuing to indulge instead of cut back can lead to health problems that are long term. According to the Transformation Treatment Center, alcohol addiction is often not taken as seriously as other addictions because drinking is so ubiquitous and socially acceptable. Having a bottle of wine with friends or meeting up for drinks is so common that many people don't understand how alcohol negatively impacts health.

Take Care of Your Mental Health

Staying healthy is about more than just your physical well-being. As you age, you need to take care of your mental health and be diligent about staying social, enjoying hobbies, and expressing concerns if your mood is taking a dive. A chronic state of stress can cause mental and physical problems, so it's important to manage stress appropriately as you get older. Meditation, exercise, or seeing a therapist can help. It's also important to have a core group of people in your life. According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, loneliness can shorten your life and cause problems with your mental health.

Remember that you are a whole being and need care for your body, spirit, and mind.

Getting older doesn't mean you have to lose your health. There are lots of things you can do like the ones listed above to help yourself maintain wellness. Be proactive and control what you can to avoid long-term problems.

If you’re looking for some personalized health coaching to help you achieve your health goals, contact John today!

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