Aging can be difficult. Things we once were able to do so easily, suddenly become more difficult due to an aging body. As men age, it is important to prioritize health and well-being in order to maintain a high quality of life. Here are some ways that men can prioritize their health to stay healthy as they age.
Eat High Quality Food
A healthy diet is important for overall health and can help to prevent chronic diseases. Focus on incorporating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into your diet. Limit your intake of processed and sugary foods.
Regular exercise can help to maintain muscle mass, improve cardiovascular health, and prevent chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise per week, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you make sure to set aside some time, it will be easier to stay active.
Staying mentally and socially active can help to maintain cognitive function and prevent feelings of loneliness and isolation. Engage in activities that challenge your mind, such as reading, puzzles, or learning a new skill, and make an effort to stay connected with friends and family. Alzheimer’s disease is when the brain slowly deteriorates, and is very common as we start to age. Keeping your brain active and engaged will help to slow that process.
Avoid Harmful Substances
Both tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption can have negative impacts on health. It is recommended to avoid tobacco use altogether, and to limit alcohol consumption to no more than 2 drinks per day for men. As our liver and body functions start to age, it is more difficult for them to function properly, and alcohol is very hard on the body.
Stay Fully Hydrated
Drinking enough water is important for maintaining good health. Aim for at least 8 cups of water per day, or more if you are physically active. Staying hydrated will help encourage our cells to regenerate and repair, which is vital especially as we start to age.
Get Adequate Sleep
Getting enough sleep is essential for good health. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night to help your body and mind rest and recharge. When we sleep at night, our body repairs itself from the day. If we are not getting enough rest, our body is not able to repair itself and will actually age you much more quickly.
Help From A Men’s Wellness Clinic
Regular check-ups with a healthcare provider, or more specifically a men’s wellness clinic, can help to identify and prevent potential health problems. Make sure to get your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels checked regularly, as well as any other screenings that may be recommended based on your age and health history.
By following these tips, men can take an active role in maintaining their health as they age and enjoy a high quality of life.