Getting healthy and staying healthy should be your top priority during your whole life. However, you may not know all the things you could be doing to ensure you avoid the risks associated with aging and to generally stay on top of your health condition. Due to the fact that this day is the first day of the rest of your life, make sure you kick it off with a resolution to do all in your power to become your healthiest self.
If you haven’t already, make sure that, during your 30s, you compile your family medical history. Talk to your relatives and share the information with your doctor, because your family history can influence many decisions about screening and testing. And it is particularly important to know about the history of breast, colon and ovarian cancer as well as sudden cardiac deaths, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol. Even though you are perfectly fine now, being aware of possible risks can allow you to make some necessary lifestyle changes before it becomes a problem.
Firstly, establish some basic habits such as wearing sunscreen, seeing your dentist and gynecologist regularly, not smoking, and drinking at least two liters of water per day.
If you aren’t exercising currently, now is the time to start hitting the gym. After all, that body is supposed to carry you into the next decades that are harder and harder.
When it comes to screening tests you should consider starting in your 30s it is the annual physical test, pap smears, and HIV tests.
During this decade, some fine lines and wrinkles may begin to appear, so make sure that you start using a night serum, retinol, some good eye creams, and moisturizers. Also, don’t neglect your neck, chest, and back of hands.
If you still haven’t established a good exercise routine, do it now. As long as you start, it doesn’t matter when. Start off by exercising three to five times a week for at least half an hour. If you have the budget, a good idea would be to hire a personal trainer.
On the other hand, make sure you practice self-care by keeping an eye on your stress levels and keeping them as low as possible with the help of spiritual practice such as yoga for example.
When it comes to screening tests, a good idea would be, to begin with, regular mammograms, especially if you have cancer history in your family.
When it comes to your skin, even more, fine lines and wrinkles may appear, as well as age spots and broken blood vessels. Use tinted moisturizers with SPF, or if you want something more comprehensive, IPL (intensive pulsed light) treatments can be helpful for brightening your skin. Besides that, you can also opt for chemical peels for overall texture and tone, Ultherapy for tightening, or botox for prevention of fine lines.
During your 50s your body will become more sensitive to toxins and excess calories, so make sure you start eating healthy – eliminate processed foods, candy, fast food, greasy and spicy food, large amounts of meat etc., and focus on healthy fats, organic fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.
Furthermore, make sure you keep a regular sleep schedule.
When it comes to screening tests, it is recommended to do a colonoscopy at least once a year as well as lung cancer screening.
During this age, more and more wrinkles and sagging skin will appear on both your face and neck area. All the basic skincare tips listed above still apply during the 50s, 60s, 70s etc.
The tips above also apply during the 60s, but in addition, it’s your mind that will change more than anything. And if you don’t have the will to maintain these habits by yourself, a good idea would be to sign up for an aged care activity center where specialists inspire you to live an active and healthy life.
When it comes to screening tests, have your vitamin D25 levels checked every now and then, as well as your bone density tested.
All of us are aging, and it is perfectly normal that at 60 you won’t be able to do things you could during your 40s. Our bodies are constantly changing, and it is up to us to make it easier for ourselves to get through those changes. Take good care of your body – you only get the one.