KEEPING YOURSELF YOUNG!
That is a challenge for all of us!
Unfortunately, nobody has figured out how to create a ‘Fountain of Youth’. But there are things that we can all do to stay healthy which in turn helps us to keep as ‘young’ as possible.
When we are younger, we tend to stay active and exercise. But as we get older, we get busy with kids (and sometimes grandchildren), jobs and lots of other things. Then we get sedentary (or maybe a little bit lazy), gain a few pounds and maybe find it hard to get back in the “swing of things”. As your weight goes up, there are a number of health issues that we can encounter --- especially involving your heart and Type 2 Diabetes (non insulin dependent).
A ‘rule of thumb’ is that for every extra pound of fat there is an extra mile of blood vessels that your heart has to pump blood through. It is not really fair to your heart is it?
Walking --- yes it is that simple. Start walking every day. Try 15 minutes to start and just add 5 minutes every week. Before you know it you will be up to a brisk 40-45 minute walk a day (weather permitting of course). Be sure to check with your health care professional before you start any new exercise program or fitness activity. Make sure your heart and lungs are up to it.
If the weather is bad, have a ‘back up plan’. Go to a local mall and walk there --- but don’t ‘stop and shop’! If you have a treadmill, use it on those days that it is snowing, too cold or raining ‘cats and dogs’.
There are a variety of other options to consider as well:
As we get older, our metabolism slows down which can lead to an increase in our body weight. Unfortunately this usually happens gradually and before you know it you can step on the scale one morning and have gained 10, 15 or 20 pounds. Not a good way to start your day!
It is important to monitor your weight and don’t let it get ahead of you. Watch your diet:
This one is pretty basic --- be careful not to spend too much time in the sun. Sun damaged skin losses its elasticity (it sags in other words) and can put you at risk for skin cancer. Our faces are the most susceptible especially our noses, cheeks and tops of our ears. Make sure you wear a wide brimmed hat if out in the sun and use a good quality sun block product with high SPF. If the grandchildren are around make sure that they put adequate amounts of sun block on especially if they have been in the water. Skin damage can start in our early years.
Be sure to have any skin moles or skin blemishes that are new or have changed (i.e. colour, size, texture) checked out by a dermatologist. If there is a ‘spot’ on your face or shoulders that wasn’t there last year, check it out. Or if that mole that was quite pale in past years, becomes darker, or a multi colour, get it checked out too. Better to check it and it be nothing.
WRAPPING IT UP
So there is a lot that we can do to keep ourselves feeling young:
But most importantly enjoy life! Don’t think of it in terms of how many birthdays that you have had but rather how you feel. Remember --- age is a state of mind --- THINK YOUNG!