Have you reached the 50 milestone age marker yet? The good news is turning 50 is nothing these days - It's arguably the new 30! But you do still have to monitor your health a little closer than you may have a couple of years ago. Check out these tips every woman over 50 should do to life her life to its full potential!
1. Get routine health checks
You can never be too careful, so getting a regular screening is important when it comes to early detection, said the American Grandparents Association. But the source reported that less than 25 percent of Americans ages 50 to 64 are actually up to date on these check-ups. The source recommended getting not just the regular tests, but also exams for overall wellness including: Depression, Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone and Vitamin D.
2. Find a health care professional you trust
Since you will be needing to get routine health checks, it's important you get them done by someone you not only trust, but enjoy spending time with. The Huffington Post explained that this will also be important because as you get older, you'll start to go through more and more hormonal changes and it will help to have someone who understands these imbalances.
3. Eat right
This isn't your every day advice that will list out all the different diets or nutrition fads that you just have to try to feel like a million bucks again. This is just here to remind you that you can eat the foods that you want - It's all about making yourself happy. However, keep in mind that getting rid of gluten or sugar from your diet can help reduce bloating, fatigue and weight gain in women over 50, reported the Huffington Post. The good news is that there are dietary specialists out there that can help you balance your senior nutrition to get the perfect balance of happy and healthy.
4. Find an exercise routine you look forward to
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explained that you need at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity a week. That will be easy to achieve when you actually enjoy your workout routine. Find a fitness class to do with your friends, that way you'll feel more obligated to attend so you get to socialize while exercising.
5. Take time for yourself
Chances are you've put yourself second for the happiness of others most of your life. Well no more. You're all grown up and it's time to do what you want. Whether that be taking a trip to Italy with your art class, or finding time to meditate, just do what makes you happy and tune out any naysayers.
5. Make time for sleep
The National Sleep Foundation recommended that the older you get the more sleep you need. Sleep can actually help reduce the risk of serious complications in your brain like strokes. So be sure to get a good seven to eight hours of rest a night in order to stay healthy.
Source: Sunrise Senior Living