How To Stay Fit And Healthy After 60
Affinity Health, a leading provider of high-quality health coverage, highlights easy ways to stay fit and healthy after 60.
“Ageing is an inevitable part of life; as we enter our 60s, our bodies undergo various changes,” says Murray Hewlett, CEO of Affinity Health.
“While these changes are natural, they don’t mean we have to give up on staying fit and healthy. Maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle becomes even more critical as we age.”
1. Prioritise Regular Physical Activity
Regular physical activity has various advantages, including increased cardiovascular health, muscle strength, flexibility, and mood. Low-impact activities, such as walking, swimming, and cycling, are great for seniors as they are easier on the joints and lower the risk of injury. Include resistance training (workouts performed with light weights or resistance bands) in your programme to keep muscle mass and bone density in check, and practice stretching exercises, such as yoga or Pilates, to improve flexibility and balance.
2. Maintain a Healthy Diet
Nutrition is critical to sustaining excellent health, especially as we become older. Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which help boost the immune system and lower the risk of chronic diseases. Opt for lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, and legumes to meet your protein needs while keeping saturated fat intake in check.
Choose whole-grain products like brown rice, whole wheat bread, and quinoa over refined grains for improved digestion and sustained energy. Remember to drink water throughout the day to support digestion and overall health.
3. Concentrate on Mental Health
Individuals may face various life changes and challenges as they age, such as retirement, losing loved ones, or physical health issues. To counteract isolation, engage in social activities, interact with friends and family, and join clubs or groups with similar interests. Engage your intellect by doing puzzles, reading, or acquiring new skills. Cognitive activities help you keep your mind fresh. Relaxation practises such as meditation, deep breathing, and mindfulness can help reduce stress and anxiety.
4. Participate in Preventive Health Screenings
Regular health checks can uncover diseases early and increase your chances of treatment success. Important preventive screenings for people over the age of 60 include:
- Regular blood pressure readings (for monitoring cardiovascular health).
- Cholesterol levels (helpful in determining your risk of heart disease).
- Diabetes screening
- Screening for cancer
- Bone density scans (to assess your risk of osteoporosis and fractures).
- Eye and dental examinations
- Vaccinations, such as flu shots, pneumonia vaccines, and any immunisations advised by your healthcare physician.
5. Make Sleep a Priority
Many people experience changes in their sleeping patterns as they age, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep. To improve sleep quality:
- Keep a consistent sleep routine by going to bed and waking up simultaneously every day.
- Create a relaxing sleeping environment using a supportive mattress and dark, quiet surroundings.
- Try to avoid caffeine and alcohol, especially in the evening.
- Before bed, practise relaxation techniques such as reading or mild stretches.
6. Keep a Positive Attitude
A positive outlook on life and attitude can significantly impact your overall health. Accept ageing as a natural part of life and concentrate on the positives. Participate in activities that provide joy and fulfilment, whether a pastime, time with loved ones, or helping in your community.
About Affinity Health
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