Health and Fitness

The Aussie Over 50s Guide to Staying Healthy and Active!

Over 50s Health and Activities

The Big 50 means it is time to focus on your health and wellbeing and setting aside time for healthy activities and meals.

Improve Strong Memory

Among other things an Australian study has found that walking for two and a half hours a week can significantly reduce problems in the over-50s. It has been also been known for a long time that exercise is a great way to improve cardiovascular health, but it may also be that it also protects against the ageing brain.

When the age of 50 years or more is reached there are a number of things that can help prevent issues with health conditions that are more common at this age.

Over 50 Plan to Stay Healthy

Because they go to a little trouble to be sure they are going to get older in a fashion that they know is going to be a healthy one.

All ways discuss aging health with a medical practitioner, ask about what exactly is needed to continue with good health as we age?

Over 50's check list

• Any screen testing will depend on the current health of a persons

• Have blood pressure check on a regular basis

• Aways have a heart disease risk assessment when you turn 50 and then have it checked every couple of years

• Take a full blood test at least once a year to see how everything in you system is functioning

CHOLESTEROL - Glucose FATS & SUGAR - Liver and Kidney Functions and Prostrate

• Women over 50 need to have a mammogram as we age more often in less than every 2 years

• Women should have a cervical screening test every couple of years

• Over 50 - 60 and up need importantly to have full body regular skin cancer checks. We are sun lovers in Australia

• Men and women need to have a check for bowel cancer at least every 2 years

• Bones need to be looked at as well so have an osteoporosis risk assessment every year

• Teeth - If one is over 50 and not had a dental check put that on the list and then have a dental check-up every year

• Go have an eye sight test and do that every 12 months

Eat healthier

As we age is and wish to get older it is essential that we eat better or Improve on what we eat. It is important to have a balanced diet and keep our bodies in a healthy weight range.

The Over 50's should be eating and enjoying a wide variety of nutritious foods every day, including fruit and vegetables, grains, lean meats, poultry and fish, as well as milk, yoghurt and cheese. Limit foods containing saturated fat, added salt and sugar, and alcohol.

Reduce or limit alcohol intake

Some people enjoy a glass of wine or a beer from time to time and most medical practitioner would advise that drinking alcohol dose kill brain cells that is is best to keep the alcohol intake down to two or less standard drinks a day and a limit of no more than four alcoholic drinks on any one occasion.

Remain physically active

The goal for those 50 plus should be at least 30 minutes of moderate to intensity activity every day. Completing some physical activity every day helps generate energetic and raises the heart rate. A 30 minute brisk walk will do the trick. Keep in mind that just moving rather than sitting all the time it is better than doing nothing at all.

Healthy Lifestyle Change Recommendations

There are a number of risk factors that can contribute to certain diseases as we reach our 50's and 60's. They including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and the BIG 'C' Cancer.

Don't smoke

The Over 50's can obtain all the support needed to STOP SMOKING from a medical practitioner (doctor) who can sometimes supply via a prescription for medications.

Are YOU at Risk of Heart Disease?

Anyone can find out from a simple resource at HEART DIRCT RISK CHECKER

Please Note: No medical information is published on this website and articles show are not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice and the reader is advised not to take any action before consulting with a health care professional.

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