HOW TO STAY FIT AND HEALTHY
As the years go on, many women will find that the lifestyle or choices that they made in their twenties and thirties can’t be maintained as they go into their fifties. As women reach fifty, there are hormonal changes that can lead to other changes in our bodies: muscular, skin, and even cardiovascular changes can all take place. All of this is a part of aging. Along with that comes other changes – weight gain. muscle mass decreases, and metabolism decreases. As your body is going through changes, your diet should change as well. When you were younger, you may have been able to eat anything you want at any time of the day or night without seeing any effects of it on the scale. As you get older, this may no longer be the case. Continue reading to find out how to stay fit and healthy.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
To be fabulous at fifty and over, here are some things for you to think about and implement into your life. As you go through this list, is there anything else that you would add?
1. Get Enough Vitamin B12
B12 is a vitamin that is water-soluble and can be obtained either through diet or supplements. It is a vitamin that can help your body in a variety of ways including improving your mood, supporting bone health and maintaining healthy skin and hair. It can be stored in your liver and helps your body build red blood cells and helps your neurological functions run smoothly.
If you aren’t getting enough B12 in your diet, the symptoms can include:
> loss of appetite
> tingling hands and feet
Vitamin B12 is used to help you create DNA, by supporting a healthy blood and nervous system. However, as we get older, we may eat less and less of foods that contain B12. In addition to that, our stomachs may change which means it’s harder to absorb.
If you are not sure about your B12 levels, see your physician about getting them checked. You may have to take a supplement to get your levels back on track. It may be that you need to include more of the following in your diet:
2. Regular Screenings
As you age, you can often put off going to the doctor because you may fear what they have to say. In order to take control of your health, weight, and overall well being, you need to have regular checkups and health screenings.
Between the ages of 40 to 64, there are a number of tests to consider getting to remain healthy:
> blood pressure screening
> cholesterol screening
> diabetes screening
> colon cancer screening
> dental exam
> eye exam
> physical exam
> breast exam
> osteoporosis screening
> pelvic exam and pap smear
> skin exam
> lung cancer screening
Making sure you get exams like colonoscopies can help you to detect colorectal cancer with colonoscopy screening. So having regular screenings of a variety of things can help with your overall well being, and make it easier to deal with any issues if they do arise. Make sure to check with your physician about these screenings.
3. Cut Back on Salt
Salt is something that we need in our diets. However, the thing is, we don’t need too much of it. Processed foods and foods that are laden with sugar, can also be laden with salt. Too much salt can lead to hypertension, making things like stroke, heart disease, and early death more likely.
Add herbs to your food instead of salt perhaps, as well as reducing the processed foods that you consume. Look for fruits and vegetables, and whole grains to help you be healthier, as well as stay fuller for longer.
4. Go Mediterranean!
Having a Mediterranean diet is not really a diet, but the way of eating of those living in Spain, France, Italy, Greece and the Middle East. This type of style of eating uses traditional Mediterranean foods such as:
> fresh fruit
> whole grains
> sea food
> olive oil
Some studies have confirmed this type of eating boosts heart health, controls blood sugar, improves bone and brain health. It has also been shown to lower risk of heart disease and some cancers.
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FINAL FOOD FOR THOUGHT
There are certainly things we can do to stay fit and healthy. Among eating healthy, we can also make sure we get our health screenings on a regular basis. Making sure we stay on top of our health is a wonderful way to live longer and look young.
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