National Women’s Health Week begins on Mother’s Day each year. The goal of this week is to have women make their health a priority and to take steps to improve their health. The earlier you start to look after your health, the longer you will stay healthy! Here are some steps to staying healthy once you reach the age of 50.
In your 50’s
- Eat a healthy diet and at the same time aim for 30 minutes of physical activity each day
- Sleep is important. 7 to 8 hours of sleep is best. Sleeping too much can be just as bad for you as not getting enough sleep.
- Quit smoking and cut down on your alcohol intake.
- Always wear a seatbelt and if you ride a bike, don’t forget your helmet.
- Talk to your doctor about your family health history as well as any concerns you have in your life.
- Find out which tests or vaccines you need at your age. This should be a decision between you and your doctor.
In your 60’s
- Once you reach 65, you may need to add extra vitamin D to your diet
- Decide who will make your healthcare decisions if you are unable to
In your 70’s
- Speak with your healthcare provider about your current height, weight and activity levels. Should you improve your diet? Lose weight?
In your 80’s
- Check with your doctor about vaccines and test. Once you reach your 80’s, some of these tests are no longer required.
- Keep up the healthy diet, exercise and hours of sleep!
Staying healthy starts with a good diet, lots of movement and a good night’s sleep. At any age, these three things are the base of your good health. To read the complete article on staying healthy at any age, click here.