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Young At Heart: How To Manage Your Health As You Age

Your chance of developing serious health conditions increases as you get older. Even though your body changes as you get older, you can protect your health. There are many things that you can do to keep yourself healthy as you get older.

Eat More Fiber

You are more prone to weight gain as you get older because your metabolism slows down. You can maintain a healthy weight by increasing your intake of fiber. Peas, lentils, black beans and broccoli are great sources of fiber. High-fiber foods not only help prevent weight gain, but they can also protect against heart disease. If you’re not sure if you’re getting enough fiber or other nutrients in your diet, you can always consult with a nutritionist. There are lots of things that they and other medical specialists like Advanced Urology Associates can tell about your health based on what goes into your body, as well as what comes out.

Get Enough Sleep

Many adults are sleep-deprived, which can increase the risk of falls, depression and memory problems. Sleep is extremely important. In fact, people can go longer without sleep than they can go without food. There are a number of things that you can do to improve your sleep quantity and quality. Try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule. You should also keep your bedroom quiet and free of distractions.

Do not Smoke

If you are a current smoker, then one of the best things that you can do for your health is to quit. You will also need to avoid exposing yourself to secondhand smoke. If you stop smoking, then you will decrease your risk of heart disease and lung cancer.

Manage Stress

The body’s ability to cope with stress changes as you get older. Stress can reduce your body’s ability to fight infections. It can also cause memory loss and fatigue. It is estimated that 90 percent of illnesses are triggered or complicated by stress.

It is impossible to avoid stress completely. However, there are things that you can do in order to manage it. You can talk to a counselor or loved one about the things that are stressing you. You can also practice relaxation techniques such as meditation and deep breathing. Additionally, exercising can help you manage your stress.

Perform Resistance Exercise

Resistance exercises help strengthen your muscles. Keep in mind that you lose 1 percent of your muscle mass every year at the age of 40. Curl-ups, leg extensions and ankle circles are some of the resistance exercises that you can perform.

Even though your health changes as you get older, there are still things that you can do to keep yourself well. Eating more fiber, getting more sleep and not smoking will keep you healthy. You will also need to perform resistance exercise and manage your stress.

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