In our previous post, we discussed ways to keep the weight off in your 50s, and we want to take it a step further and give you a few other goals that will be focusing on at this point in your life. Now that the kids are likely off at college or starting families of their own, you will have a little more “me time,” so you can focus on longevity and proactively addressing any health issues that you currently have, as well as implementing ones that will help you build a solid foundation for the years ahead. Between adopting new habits and reversing some already done damage, here are a few tips for positive change in your 50s.
Lose unnecessary weight. You will have most likely tried every fat loss experiment and diet on the market by the time you reach your fifties. If you’ve found that most of them have failed to help you drop some unwanted pounds and there is no hope by this point, then it’s time to think again. While you may feel like there is no need to reverse that damage that has already been done, you have a lot to learn. Losing weight at this age can actually do wonders for your health and it won’t do you any good to use your age as an excuse. Not only will you feel better when you shed some weight, but you will live longer, doing the things that you truly enjoy doing, and you’ll have a healthy heart to keep you thriving.
Schedule tests. Nowadays, thanks to the help of modern medicine, doctors can catch things early on and take action as long as you are tested in enough time and avoid letting a health issue get out of hand. The first thing to put on your “bucket list,” is to schedule a visit with your doctor and determine risk factors and the tests that can be accompanied by them. He/she will likely recommend some screenings that are pertinent to your health at this age, based on your lifestyle and family history.
Up the antioxidants. One of the reasons why plants can still thrive when they spend much of their days in direct sunlight is due to the fact that they have high levels of antioxidants, which protect them from cell damage. When you consume plants such as fruits and vegetables, you are getting those same antioxidants that help them thrive year after year. Those that rank amongst the highest in antioxidants are: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, kale, goji berries and artichokes.
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