When you reach 50, you may feel healthy and young. However, your body needs extra care to protect it from the effects of aging.
With a healthy lifestyle and appropriate medical care, you can lower your risk for many severe medical conditions associated with aging. Start with these 15 suggestions to help you stay active and energetic in your 50s and beyond.
1. Protect Your Joints
As you age, your joints become stiffer and more brittle. You can slow the process down by losing weight, staying hydrated, and choosing exercises that are safe for your body.
2. Check Your Eyes And Ears
3. Mind Your Feet
You may think you’ve stopped growing, but your feet will probably become flatter and longer at midlife. Wearing correctly fitted shoes can help keep you comfortable and active.
4. Schedule Screenings
5. Deal With Menopause
The average age for menopause is 51. If hot flashes and other symptoms are disrupting your life, you may find relief through natural remedies or your doctor may recommend treatments such as hormone therapy.
6. Build Strength
7. Work On Balance
Preventing falls is a major part of aging safely. Doing yoga or just standing on one foot while you make coffee can train you to stay steady on your feet.
8. Eat Healthy
9. Limit Alcohol
Alcohol affects you more as you grow older. If you do drink, keep it to one drink or less daily if you’re a woman and two if you’re a man.
10. Lose Weight
More than 40% of adults over 40 are clinically obese. If you’re unable to reduce on your own, talk with your doctor about finding a safe strategy for you.
11. Fight Depression
12. Prevent Dementia
Many causes of dementia are unknown, but healthy choices, like quitting smoking, provide some protection. One study found that smoking more than 40 cigarettes a day in your 50s could double your risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
13. Manage Stress
14. Connect With Others
Maybe you’re single or dealing with an empty nest now that your children have moved away. Stay engaged by keeping in touch with old friends and making new contacts who share your interests.
15. Keep Learning
Continuing your education can slow cognitive aging too. Take courses online or visit the adult education center at your local college. Travel and hobbies can also be enriching.
You may have many happy and rewarding years ahead of you if you take care of your body and mind. Celebrate midlife by making choices that help you to thrive.