As you age, it is extremely important to engage in healthy habits and activities to improve your quality of life and your overall wellbeing. You may experience some changes in your body later on in life. When you hit this particular decade, you may want to pay some more attention to your physical health, as well as your mental state of mind. Remember that this can one of the most fun and exciting times in your life! Follow these tips to make this decade of your life one of your healthiest and most successful.
1. Eating the right diet
Eating a balanced and nutritious diet is a good idea at any age but it can be particularly important as you enter this decade of your life. You should be eating foods that are high in fiber because they can soften your stool which can help lessen the symptoms and possible complications affiliated with diverticulitis, a colon disorder common in people of this age group. Additionally, there is a reduction in the amount of water in your body as you get older so it is more important than ever to stay hydrated! You may also want to talk to your doctor about taking supplements because you do not want any vitamin deficiencies at this age.
2. Get your health screenings
It is important that you regularly get your health screenings. Even if you have never had hearing problems before, you should get your hearing checked annually and every three years at the very minimum. Protect your hearing by staying away from loud noises and properly managing your chronic diseases. As a woman, you should be getting a mammogram every two to three years, as well as a pap smear and pelvic exam every one to three years. Additionally, you should be getting a colonoscopy every ten years, an eye exam every two to four years, and getting your thyroid checked every five years. You should also be getting regular mole checks to watch out for skin cancer and a blood pressure reading every few years.
3. Exercise your mind and body
Not only should you be physically exercising but engaging in mental activity and learning new skills can significantly improve your wellbeing at this time. Walking is a great exercise for both your mind and body! It can help to reduce cardiovascular dysfunction, as well as keep your blood sugar in check and improve joint function. Walking can even sharpen your memory. You should be walking thirty minutes a day most days of the week. If you are not used to exercising, you can ease back in slowly by walking just a few minutes a day.
Other exercises that are important at this age that you may not have considered include pelvic muscle exercises. As a woman, you should be practicing squeezing these muscles and holding. This can lead to a major improvement in your life as it can prevent urinary incontinence or reverse the effects. Urinary incontinence is a common medical condition for women in their 60’s.