I am not a medical expert, this post is my thoughts and beliefs on a happy, healthy later life, and not expert opinion or advice. I have included links to professional bodies which may help you.
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending” Carl Bard
How are you approaching old age?
I believe it is important and indeed our responsibility to look after our bodies and stay healthy. I appreciate that for some genetics may play a part in your health and mobility, you can still affect your health outcomes to some extent. Our mental health will impact our physical health and I appreciate this can be a huge hurdle for some. The MIND website has some great information and support for mental health problems.
It is not too late if you are in midlife or even old age, don’t accept illness or dis-ease, choose a fit, happy and healthy later life. The choice is yours. I believe your mind plays an enormous part here. It is important to learn to love yourself (read my blog on self esteem), be proud and you’ll find this makes it easier to look after yourself.
Healthy later life – Start today!
However old you are – THINK “It doesn’t matter about yesterday” – whether you ate a pack of doughnuts or sat around all day – everyday is a new day and a time to make a change or do something differently. Take a walk, consider what you are eating, and take 5 minutes to contemplate the day/year or anything really.
Choose a good balance in your diet, lifestyle and activity and your body will reward you with less illness and dis-ease. The NHS Choices website may help.
It’s important to look after yourself, and heading out for a short walk is an easy way to do it:
⋆ Improve your physical health and fitness
⋆ Meet people and enjoy a good chinwag
⋆ Enjoy time outdoors and boost your mental wellbeinghttps://t.co/nw9cPAp4m9 #selfcareweek pic.twitter.com/u1mzDaHT2O
— Walking for Health (@healthywalks) November 13, 2017
Women will experience hormonal changes during the menopause which can sometimes have very debilitating effects and a knock on to your overall health and self esteem. I believe it is important to recognise the signs and take expert advice to help reduce any associated risks such as heart disease or osteoporosis – this post has lots of good ideas for a healthy later life. Take a look at this great website from The Menopause Doctor a GP and Menopause Expert www.menopausedoctor.co.uk.
My Dad is 90 next month
His garden is full of fruit and veg that make their way either to his table, his freezer or a jam or chutney. His freezer also boasts cuts of meat and game; he buys half a lamb from the butcher and is gifted pheasants. The only quick or “ready” food in the freezer is oven chips and ice cream. He cooks his meals from scratch and bakes cakes or tarts regularly. As well as tending his garden he will try to take a daily walk, weather and knee permitting. He is certainly an inspiration or is that an aspiration!
Food for thought
I hope this post has given you something to think about, perhaps even inspired to choose to start to make a new ending. I hope so.
Checkout my 4 Pillars of Health blog post here https://www.jenafitlife.com/4-pillars-good-health/
and my Functional Fitness blog here https://www.jenafitlife.com/?s=functional+fitness
Thanks for reading.
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