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Healthy Aging Tips: Keeping Fit After 50

Last updated 2 years ago

Good health can be an attribute at any age. Though older age may increase the risk of certain conditions such as stroke or arthritis, healthy lifestyle habits can keep you feeling strong, energetic, and fit well into your senior years. Fawcett Memorial Hospital offers preventive senior care through the H2U wellness program. The following tips can also help you enjoy a healthy body after you turn 50.

Diversify Physical Activities

Having a favorite sport or physical pastime can be a wonderful way to get active on a regular basis. However, for comprehensive wellness, it’s important to incorporate a range of activities that bolster different facets of fitness. Swimming can be a beneficial endurance sport, but it may not allow your muscles to stretch as needed for optimal flexibility. So to lengthen your muscles, you might also want to take up yoga. If you already engage in stretching exercises, you may want to include more strength or endurance activities.

Focus on Fresh Produce

Fitness depends in large part on diet. If you do not fuel your body with the necessary nutrients, it will not have enough energy to carry out the physical demands you place upon it. With older age may come less time or interest to create meals from scratch, which can result in the consumption of preprocessed foods that contain high amounts of sodium, sugar, fat, and calories. To get the vitamins and minerals you need for good health, take advantage of affordable and delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables as often as possible.

Schedule Regular Health Screenings

Your physician can help you stay on track with your fitness goals by monitoring your current health. Conditions such as hypertension and high cholesterol typically arise without symptoms. Early stage cancer can also develop with no noticeable signs. By scheduling periodic health screenings, you can avoid the serious complications that may occur should these conditions have the opportunity to persist and intensify.

Fawcett Memorial Hospital can see to it that you enjoy your best health during your senior years. To learn more about our hospital’s senior care options, call (888) 685-1599. Our website also details the full range of healthcare services for the North Port, Port Charlotte, and Punta Gorda communities. 

 

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