We all want to stay in good health as we age. If we don’t look after our bodies then we risk retirement years filled with illness and injury. Whilst staying fit isn’t a guarantee of excellent health beyond middle age, it’s certainly going to help you along the way. That’s why it’s worth thinking about these 4 things that will help you to grow old with a focus on health and fitness:
Everywhere you go, you’re told about the importance of healthy eating. It’s mentioned in all sorts of advertisements and medical documents, your doctor probably tells you about it frequently and even when you’re indulging in fast food you’ll find nutritional information on your burger box.
What people fail to tell you in equal frequency is how important it is to drink well – to stay hydrated with more than two litres of water each day and to attempt to avoid dehydrating drinks like cups of tea and bottles of cola. Staying hydrated has a positive impact on your mind and memory, whilst helping to reduce a whole host of health issues including headaches, sight problems and blood pressure issues.
Mind and Body are Connected
Your mind and your body are not separate things to focus on. In fact, the two are strongly linked. Being physically active will keep your mind strong, helping with thought and memory, whilst poor mental health can have a negative impact on your body and can make you ill. It is pointless to focus on just one area – instead, you need to look at the big picture and how you feel and behave overall. An active social life can do more than just give you someone to drink coffee with.
Recommendations are Constantly Changing
One week, eating eggs will lead to an early demise. The next, eggs are recommended as a superfood. Broccoli could be a natural medicine according professionals, but might be described as a toxin in the future. The recommendations about what to eat are changing by the day and they’re almost impossible to keep up with. It’s important to pay some attention, but don’t get caught up in trying to find exactly the right thing to eat. You’ll feel stressed, you’ll worry unnecessarily and you’ll end up no better for it. Instead, stick to a nutritious variety of natural foods and limit your consumption of processed foods, but don’t worry about the small details.
Future Generations Are Counting on You
Your knowledge and experience really does matter. Lives are becoming busier and people are finding less time to pay attention to health, fitness and nutrition. Your grandchildren will have very different lifestyles to the one that you enjoyed as a child – they might have limited time in the kitchen and might be a bit clueless about the origins of their food. As well as giving yourself a sense of purpose, you can make a difference to future generations by imparting your knowledge and wisdom. Teach children and teenagers about the great outdoors, how to cook cheap and wholesome meals and what portion sizes should be like for people their age. You’ll benefit from regular reminders to stay on track with your own health, and you’ll grow old gracefully knowing that your knowledge is helping other people.