If you are reading a post like this, then the chances are you have an interest in your health and are already doing quite a few things that are going to help you to be healthier. But being healthy now can really help you to prepare for your later years too. Eating good food, exercising, having daily walks, seeing a doctor, and getting plenty of sleep are all good things to be doing right now, that will help you for later on. As well as these things, there are several things that you can be doing to help you to age well and to enjoy your later years, not just endure them. Here are some other things you can be doing now to prepare and plan for the future.
As we age, our muscles can become weaker and weaker, especially if we have not really done very much to build them up over time. So building your strength is really important to do now, so that we can be stronger as we age. Weak muscles can lead to more falls and injuries. So add some strength training to your exercise routine. You don’t need to be the next big bodybuilder to be strong. There are many home workouts that you can do if you don’t feel comfortable in a gym environment, magazines like Men’s Health and Women’s Health always have a good selection of workouts to do.
Plan For Emergencies
If there is no plan, then you plan to fail. What would happen if you were to have an accident when you were out and about? Would you know who to call? You are likely to have your mobile phone with you, but what about if you left without it or it didn’t have battery? Making a list of all the people you would need to contact in an emergency is a good idea. Have it with you or keep it in a prominent place, and it will help in those kinds of situations.
Develop Strong Bones
Osteoporosis and weak bones can be something that can have a detrimental effect, especially as we age. That combined with weak muscles can lead to us not being able to do things that we might be taking for granted now. So think about making sure you have enough calcium in the foods you’re eating, as well as getting plenty of the right vitamins and minerals to help bone strength. It will help the hidden bones in your body, as well as things like your teeth. Although I am only in my 30s I am making an effort to look after my health and supplement with Vitamin D and Calcium to protect my bones, after all I have a young child to run after.
Plan Future Care
If all goes to plan, then you should be able to while away your later years at home. But sometimes, no matter how much we do things now, we can’t always plan for certain things that happen to us. We don’t know where family and friends will be, and it may lead to us needing to look at alternative places to live. The Porthaven care homes site could give you an idea of what to expect and prices to pay, should you need to make any plans.
Some life admin is sometimes much needed, so start thinking about what you might need to change today. Aging well is important and now is the time to start.