Life is certainly much better when you can enjoy good health with it. Many seniors have been forced to live longer with poor health, but that is not the way to go – especially when you may have a choice in the matter. Taking steps before you reach retirement age is essential to maintaining good health later in life and it will also help you live longer.
Get Medical Help Early
Health problems often tend to become worse when they are ignored. They also become costlier. You should take advantage of preventive medical and dental treatments each year as much as possible – even if you feel healthy. Taking care of health problems early can enable successful treatment, but letting it go when you do not know what the problem is – is not smart and may result in an early and undesirable end.
Learn What Is Needed for Good Health
Part of getting good health requires that you take some time and learn about it. You can do this online or go to a library to learn more. The truth is that the more you know – and do – the more likely you will be to enjoy better health later on.
One problem that needs to be treated early is inflammation. Long-term inflammation is known to be connected to more than 100 different diseases – many of them fatal – including cancer. Inflammation often stems from gum disease, which you may not even know that you have.
Good Health Should Be Obtained as Early as Possible
It is wrong to think that you can enjoy poor habits for most of your life and then try to get healthy later. Poor habits – such as smoking and drinking heavily – will take a toll with every puff or drink – and reduce your lifespan. While abstaining later may reduce some of the effects, you will still likely die earlier than someone who never did those things.
Key Elements to Maintain Good Health
There are several elements of developing and/or maintaining good health. These things should be started early in life to help ensure longevity with good health. Developing the following habits can help your body fight diseases better and will help slow the aging process. They include:
This usually means eating more fruit and vegetables and less fast food. You should also consume less sugar and sugary foods.
Experts recommend exercising 150 minutes per week, or about 30 minutes per day for five days each week. This can also be broken down into three 10-minute sessions if necessary. A sedentary life will take years off a normal lifespan.
Staying at home during COVID has caused many people to gain a few extra pounds. You need to lose the extra weight and get down to a healthy body mass (BMI).
Quit Bad Habits
Quitting smoking altogether (and other tobacco products) and minimizing drinking alcohol is an excellent place to start toward a healthier lifestyle.
The Choice Is Yours
If you have not yet reached your senior years, now is a good time to decide to work toward having good health. It will require stopping those habits that can rob you of better health in your senior years and starting those things that help to ensure better health. No doubt, many seniors with serious health problems that showed up later on wish that had done things differently when they were younger. By making that decision today, it will pay off when you need it most.