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Simple Ways to Stay Healthy After 60

Simple Ways to Stay Healthy After 60

by: Dr. Pooja Mehta
Sr. Consultant - Obstetrics & Gynecology

Staying fit does not mean being better than someone else, in fact it highlights being better than the earlier you. One has to be extra cautious when you are about to reach 60 or has already reached 60. Fitness is defined as the quality or state of being fit. However, modern definitions of fitness describe either a person or machine’s ability to perform a specific function or a holistic definition of human adaptability to cope with various situations. Fitness has a broad spectrum consisting of many determinants. Fitness is not only just being physically fit, rather a person is considered to be fit if he is physically, mentally, socially as well as emotionally fit. Here are some of the ways to be fit and healthy after your 60s:

Have a Habit of Walking More: Women in their 70s who walked 3 hours a week for a year boosted their oxygen uptake by 15%. Gains like that can ease almost all the problems you’re more likely to face in this decade—lowering risk of breast, colon, and lung cancers; strengthening bones; sharpening memory; reducing cardiovascular risks; controlling blood sugar; and improving joint function.

Drink Plenty of Water: This is a tip for you to lose weight, boost overall health and to be healthy, but it’s especially important as we get older. That’s because as we age, the hypothalamus (which controls our hunger and thirst) becomes desensitized, dulling our thirst signals. Remember water is key for digestion and metabolism and our bodies can easily mistake thirst for hunger, which causes us to eat more than we actually need.

Take the Right Supplements: Consult your doctors about the right supplements or what kind of proper diet you can take to stay fit. Get more of key nutrients like vitamin B12. Low levels are linked to increased risk of pernicious anemia, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin D deficiency can weaken bone and increase risks of diabetes, high blood pressure, and breast and colon cancers.

Eat Food Rich in Fibre: Increasing fibre in your diet softens stools and reduces symptoms and prevents complications of diverticulosis. Stock up on fibrous foods such as pears, apples, and beans.

-Get Essential Health Check-Ups Done: Undergoing medical tests yearly is a very good and easy way to save your health and your life. Listed below are the tests that should be done regularly.

  • Thyroid hormone test
  • Check blood pressure
  • Screening for colonic cancer by colonoscopy
  • Eye check ups
  • Pap smears
  • Mammography
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