How To Improve Our Health As We Get Older.
As most of you know I am a huge advocate for healthy living, especially in the over 50 age group. I really do not believe that reaching the age of fifty means that we should put on our slippers and spend our evenings in front of the TV. Life is for living and there is no reason why anyone cannot have a full, active and healthy life. In fact I know many people over the age of fifty who live a more active life than some twenty year old’s. It is all about attitude and the determination to make your life the best you can and improving your health.
Of course it is not that simple ! As we age, our bodies age and change, sometimes giving us challenges that we never had to deal with before. For me, I am VERY aware that my body is not as ‘young’ as it used to be. I ache a lot more, particularly after sitting and find my joints are ‘creaky’. As I used to do gymnastics, dance and tennis as a youngster, it really was a shock to me to find I was not as supple as I used to be. It was actually quite disheartening to discover these ailments creeping into my life, especially as I still felt twenty one in my head !
So, what do we do to overcome these signs of ageing ?
Move and keep moving ! Nothing helps your body more than to be as active as you can be. Exercise in any form is crucial to your overall health, physical and mental. Just thirty minutes a day of exercise can greatly improve your health within a short space of time. This exercise can be something as simple as walking the dog or a yoga class. Never underestimate the power of exercise. It can be life changing and you will never look back once you have started. Joining a gym is a great way to improve your health and to make new friends. I LOVE my gym as I have a focus for my health, but I also like the social side of it and I have made like minded friends. All this is not only good for your physical health, but also your mental health which can also be a challenge as we get older. Please click here and have a read of my blog post about my thoughts on my first four months as a member of David Lloyd Club in Harrogate.
Positive mental attitude is very important especially as we get older and are faced with uncertainties and difficulties in our life. How many of you can remember what it was like to be eighteen without a care in the world ? Wasn’t it wonderful not to have the worries of ‘grown up’ life, money worries, health worries and family worries ? Keeping positive has certainly helped me during difficult times in my life. It isn’t easy I know, when you are going through a difficult time, but I always try to ride the storm and believe that better things are just round the corner. There are many great books on the market that give great advice on how to improve your positivity and I have read quite a few that have been inspirational.
Looking after your friendships is crucial to all age groups but particularly to the over 50’s who may have retired early and find themselves missing the social side of the workplace. Keeping in contact with friends and making an effort to spend time with them will help you feel more positive in your life.
Exploring your creativity will give you a new focus in your life and you may even gain new friends who are like minded. Work out your interests and look around for local groups that you could join. Perhaps you are interested in flower arranging, art, writing or dressmaking ? There is always some local group that could help you nurture your inner creativity.
Enjoying nature and the natural world around us can be so uplifting and so good for the soul. Try walking in the countryside taking in the wonderful world in which we live. Even better, join a walking group and make new friends as an added bonus. I practise mindfulness which is the process of living in the moment and enjoying our surroundings, rather than worrying about the past or future. Been mindful while walking in the countryside is just so relaxing and well worth trying.
Diet is another important factor in our quest to handle the ageing process. If we fuel our bodies with good, healthy food, then our body will be able to cope more with the effects of ageing. Eating plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit and other healthy foods is especially essential as we get older. Of course having little treats is also important as it gives us pleasure. I mean, who doesn’t like a take away or a cream bun every now and then ? I know I do ! It is just important to keep this in moderation, rather than making it the main part of your diet.
Sometimes our diet doesn’t give us everything we need even though we make the effort to ensure we are eating the right foods. This is especially true for the over 50’s. As our bodies age our needs change too and sometimes a change in diet is not enough. I have a very good, healthy diet ( apart from the odd fondant fancy from Betty’s ) but I still suffer with joint pain.
Women particularly can have serious bone issues following the onset of the menopause. I am convinced the menopause is responsible for my aching joints as I was fine before that. Many women find that they need to take calcium supplements as issues with brittle bones can be a real problem and can be life changing. In fact, according to NHS research, women can lose up to 20% of their bone density in the five to seven years after menopause. While you can’t halt bone loss, you can improve it by eating food groups with high calcium content. The only problem with this is that it can be difficult to get the optimum amount needed through food alone. And this is where supplements come in and can give you the extra vitamins you need.
Glucosamine is also a popular vitamin that the over 50’s find very beneficial for joint issues. Glucosamine is very important as it is one of the building blocks of our ligaments, cartilage and tendons, all of which can give us those painful and creaky joints. This important vitamin is believed to help repair these important parts of our joints and so help them become stronger and therefore less likely to cause us issues. Once again it can be difficult to get the right amount of this vitamin from our diet needed to make a difference. So supplements may be the only way to improve this issue.
As I am suffering from joint pain I decided to try a liquid vitamin supplement from the company Neo G. I was literally overjoyed to receive this as a liquid vitamin as I have real issues taking tablets, especially vitamin tablets. I know it’s silly but I just struggle to take large tablets ! I am always so scared they will get stuck in my throat and I will choke. It’s crazy I know, but that’s how I am. So to find a complete vitamin supplement in liquid form was a winner for me. It is so easy to take which means I will commit to taking it every day.
Neo G have created this special liquid vitamin for the over 50’s as it is specifically designed for promoting healthy bones and joints which is what I need. The formula contains extra calcium too which is a definite positive. The rest of the vitamin supplement contains glucosamine, chondroitin, copper and vitamin D. It is so easy to use too. Just 20ml a day which can be measured in the lid of the bottle and you are done for the day. The supplement is flavoured in a slight lemon flavour and can be taken on it’s own or you can add it to a fresh juice or smoothie every morning.
I have been taking this now for around six weeks and I can definitely feel the difference in my joints. I always suffered from a real ache in my joints on rising from a chair, but I have found that my symptoms have greatly improved. Anything I can do to help my joints as I get older then I will do and this supplement is ideal.
There are 24 servings in each bottle which makes it very economical. Best of all Boots have a special offer on this supplement at the time of writing. It is currently on their 3 for 2 offer so well worth checking it out at the moment. Please click here to be directed straight to this offer.
What symptoms have you encountered as you have gotten older ? How is your general health ? How are you coping with those niggles and aches and pains that seem to be so common ? Have you any tips you might like to share with others ? Ways you have coped with the ageing process ?
I would, as always love to hear your thoughts on this blog post, so please message me or comment below.
If you think you may need supplements please consult your GP or doctor at the first instance, especially if you are taking other medication.
Until next time dear friends
** This post was sponsored by Neo G but all opinions and words are my own **
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