When is it too late to start caring about your health? While you might be tempted to put it off for another day, there’s no time like the present to get into shape and get healthy.
As you get older, the effects of being out of shape can become more obvious and more serious, which is why self-care for the middle-aged is important.
What are the effects of poor self-care for the middle-aged, and what can you do to turn things around?
What are the effects of poor self-care for the middle-aged?
In recent months, studies have focused on the effects of poor fitness on middle-age health. Poor health can increase your blood pressure, which could lead to a number of conditions such as blood clots, heart attack, stroke and dementia.
In addition to these conditions, poor fitness can also lead to frailty. As those who are middle-aged become older, frailty can lead to falls, with exhaustion and weakness being common symptoms.
Taking action to get fitter in your middle-age
The sooner you start to improve your fitness, the sooner you can experience the benefits for your health. It starts with exercise and a healthy diet, and making better lifestyle choices. Some useful tips for self-care in your middle-age include:
Give up smoking
Smoking is known to increase your blood pressure, as well as having other serious effects on your health. Take a look at some top tips for quitting to help you give up for good and get your health back on track.
Drinking also has a big impact on your blood pressure, can cause weight gain and be damaging to organs, particularly the liver and kidneys. Reducing your drinking to improve your wellbeing and appearance can contribute to an overall healthier lifestyle.
Reduce your sugar and salt intake
Sugar and salt might add flavour to food, but they aren’t the best ingredients for your health. Many processed foods and takeaways have high salt and sugar content, which you might not be aware of when you buy them. To reduce your intake, be sure to check the labels on your food and start cooking more meals from scratch so that you know exactly what you’re putting into your dishes.
By increasing the amount that you exercise, you can benefit from improved fitness, better weight management and increased energy. Physical activity guidelines for adults state you should exercise for at least 30 minutes, five time a day doing moderate cardiovascular exercise. Walking is a great way to start improving your fitness, and investing in a fitness tracker or using health tools on your phone can help you to measure your progress.
As you exercise, your resting heart rate will start to come down – serving as a useful indicator that you’re getting fitter.
Build your strength
Your muscles can weaken as you age, which is why strength training can offer you several benefits. Not only will strength training tone and condition your muscles, but it will also help you to improve your mobility and flexibility. Focus on strengthening your body as you get older to make sure you stay in good shape as you age.
Self-care is important throughout your life, but as you age – self-care becomes important so that you can continue to enjoy life and not succumb to preventable illnesses and conditions. Start focusing on improving your health and wellbeing so that you can grow old gracefully.
Remember, if you experience any unusual pains or discomfort or you’re concerned about your health – make an appointment with your GP. If you need assistance out of hours, call 111 to get advice over the phone or to get an appointment with the out of hours service most appropriate for your needs.