You don’t have to be an A-list celebrity to look good and feel great long into your golden years. The formula for aging gracefully is easy and any dedicated do-it-yourselfer can look just as good—if not better than—those lovely ladies on the silver screen.
7 healthy aging tips, especially for women
Getting older doesn’t have to mean your medicine cabinet fills up with prescription medications. You can feel good, be healthy and age gracefully with these easy tips:
- Keep your dishes colorful
Many registered dietitians use the phrase ‘eat the rainbow’ to convey the importance of eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Many fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, which help rid your body of toxins, boost your immune system and help keep your body healthy from the inside out.
- Keep tabs on your health
With age comes great responsibility, especially when it means managing existing health conditions. Check in with your physician regularly to regulate conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis and high blood pressure.
- Two words: preventative screenings
Even if you are a healthy person, health screenings are an important way to help recognize certain health conditions—before they impact the quality of your life. Be sure to ask your physician which health screenings are right for you and how often you’ll need them.
- Get a move on
Exercise can be daunting, especially if you’ve never been a regular at the gym. You can begin to improve your health by taking a brisk 30-minute walk once a day. When you’re comfortable with that, you can increase your intensity or add in hand weights. Muscle mass and bone density naturally decline with age, so it’s important to stay active so you can stay strong.
- Fill up on nutrients
Seniors are especially vulnerable to vitamin D and calcium deficiency, which weakens the bones and leads to other health conditions like osteoporosis. The average female should take between 600-800 IU of vitamin D and about 1200 mg of calcium every day.
- Give your mind a workout
Significant memory loss is not an inevitable result of aging. Brain training and learning new skills can help keep your memory sharp as can community involvement, traveling or just spending time in nature.
- Use sunscreen
Aging skin is more vulnerable to sun damage, which increases your risk for skin cancer.
For skilled women’s health services in McKinney and Prosper, Texas, call Adriatica Women’s Health at 972-542-8884. We are here to help you live life to its fullest and healthiest—throughout every stage of life.