Tips for Caring for an Aging Body
This is a guest post by Phil Lastup.
As we get older, our needs greatly expand and change. Undoubtedly, our fitness and health needs
evolve as our body’s age. However, there are many ways to help assist the aging process in happening
gracefully. From exercise to proper nutrition, the ways to defend against the negative effects of aging
are endless. While there are many measure that can be taken in your older age, the best tip I’ve been
given for caring for an aging body came from a drill sergeant who knew the benefits of military service.
He said the best way to promote health care is to practice preventative care.
Use these helpful tips to care for your aging body and embrace the years ahead!
Of course, you will want to consult a Geriatric Nurse before beginning any exercise regimen. Aim to exercise three to five days a week, for 30-60 minutes. Aim to combine both cardiovascular exercise and strength training to maximize your results.
The cardiovascular exercise, like walking, jogging, playing tennis, swimming, etc., is good for your heart and keeps your weight in check. Strength training works to improve bone and muscle strength, which are essential for keeping an aging body working properly.
An example of this combined training would be to take a brisk, 30-minute walk, followed up by 15 minute of lifting weights where you’d work different muscle groups, like your biceps. The earlier an exercise routine is started in life, the better, but it is never too late. However, if you are lost when it comes to exercise, contact a local health fitness specialist to help you get started on a fitness plan. The power of exercise should never be underestimated, especially in the later years when strength becomes so very important.
Eating healthfully can rival the best of modern medicines. The way we fuel our bodies determines how well it can perform, so it’s imperative to give them the proper nutrition.
As we age, it becomes increasingly important to boost the amount of calcium and protein in our diets to assist in keeping the body strong. If you have no idea where to begin, consider meeting with a dietitian to go over a meal plan that ensures you’ll be getting the nutrients you need. Aim to eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, healthy fats and low or non-fat dairy. Supplement your workout plan with healthy eating and you will be well on your way to ensuring your body is ready for the journey ahead in older age!