Future Proofing Your Body
Life expectancy in the UK is increasing as healthcare and standards of living generally improve. So, how can you ensure that there’s quality in those years, not just quantity? Adapting your health habits early on should help you feel positive about your golden years, while enjoying the benefits of a healthier lifestyle from now. Begin by reading up on the importance of eating well and matching a nutritious diet with an active lifestyle. Next, consider your goals.
Often, the goal is to keep active so that you can keep enjoying what you love doing. Another goal may simply be the desire to look good. That doesn’t have to disappear with age. Fortunately there’s specialist anti-ageing exercise and diet advice designed to help you achieve both these aims, which take into account the following factors:
Nutrition and Hydration
Eating a diet rich in vitamins, oils and calcium is really important for maintaining overall health. Try to include a variety of colours on your plate; not only will it contain the essential vitamins your body needs to build up reserves for later years, but the brightness will also lift your mood. Maintaining good mental health is often forgotten, but it’s just as important for long term wellbeing. You should also aim to drink plenty of water, as the body’s water content decreases during ageing, leading to risk of dehydration.
Strength and Toning
When most people think of fitness, they think of high impact cardio. There’s certainly a role for that, but for future-proofing, you also need to build your strength. Current government guidelines suggest 2.5 hours per week of moderate exercise for over 65s who are generally fit. Using light weights, swimming or enjoying activities such as pilates will help to improve your posture and muscle tone.
It’s easier to burn off fat in these younger years, although it’s never too late to begin.. In your later years, extra weight puts pressure on your joints and makes activity harder to manage as you age, so try to get ahead of the game. Start slowly – if you’ve never been a runner, don’t expect to run 10k tomorrow. Build up from whatever level you’re comfortable with, and stop if something hurts.
And finally, look for a friend, trainer or group to exercise with. Not only is it an extra motivation but it will also put a smile on your face, which takes years off without breaking a sweat.