Exercise and diet, we hear how important it is all the time, but does it really hold its value as we age? We live in a time where every week there is a new fad diet or exercise program in the works that promises instant results, so you would think staying healthy would be a no brainer. As we age maintaining health and hygiene is still important, but it doesn’t have to be as complicated as signing up for a aerial pilates class or switching to a no carb, high protein, no sugar, I only eat green on Wednesday diet. There are simple things you can do to promote health. In order to live an overall happier and healthier life, there are some important, but basic, practices to remember.
Routine dental care
Daily brushing and flossing are essential for good oral health because plaque can build up quickly. If too much plaque builds up, it can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Make sure to brush twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride, floss at least once a day, use an antiseptic mouthwash and visit your dentist regularly.
Regular Doctor Visits
This includes dental, primary doctor, eye doctor, and foot doctor visits. It is important to keep up with your health and visit the doctor regularly for preventative measures and to improve your health. Ask your doctor about any medications that are necessary for your health, and go over any side effects with your doctor.
Sun & Skin Protection
The sun produces UV rays that can harm and damage your skin, and cause skin cancer. As we age, our skin loses fat and water content, which makes the skin thinner and allows UV light to penetrate more deeply. Always apply sunscreen and moisturizers to your skin to protect and hydrate. The hours between 10AM and 4PM are usually the most UV-intense, so make sure to cover up and use sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 or greater.
Make sure to check your skin regularly for any new or suspicious growths from head to toe.
Not getting enough sleep has major effects on your body. The metabolic activity of your brain decreases significantly, and your body temperature decreases. Sleep deprivation can cause your immune system functions to decrease, and can lead to an increased heart rate variability, which can lead to serious health conditions and complications. Experts believe 7 and half hours on average is an adequate amount of sleep for seniors, but you may need more. Decide how much sleep you need based on how much helps you function best throughout the day.
At times it seems like as we age we have so many things to remember and accomplish, so many things we want to enjoy for as long as we can, and these big important things can get in the way of us remembering the little things. But what you have to remember is that these little things can prevent you from dealing with big problems later. These little things keep you healthier longer and allow you to enjoy the important things as long as possible. Focus on yourself, remember the little things, and put your health first so you can keep your mind and body in top shape.