Health and Nutrition: Healthy Aging

Regular physical activity can be a fun and effective way to maintain physical function and prevent some of the most
common physical impairments associated with increasing age, including loss of balance, flexibility and bone strength. Healthy aging has been a primary focus for me in the last 3 to 4 years. I’m 53 now.

Years ago I had a track coach tell me that the first thing to go with aging is flexibility. How right he was!

healthy agingPhysical Activity for Healthy Aging

Balance –  Loss of balance is one of the primary causes of life threatening falls in elderly people. To help, try adding one-leg balance exercises to your routine. Also, balancing while performing routine tasks can also improve your balance. While cooking or talking on the phone, try balancing on one leg. You’ll become better balanced in no time. Keeping good balance is important in healthy aging. I enjoy yoga poses that require balance. The half moon or high lunge are excellent. See: Balancing Poses.

Flexibility – As I mentioned flexibility is the first thing to go 🙂 In order to maintain flexibility you should stretch daily. Who likes stretching? I know, I don’t like it anymore than most. I have to force myself to stretch before and after every run. It takes discipline. So for me, I had to make it a part of my exercise routine. In my running app I have 5 minutes scheduled before and 5 minutes scheduled after each run, just for stretching. This has helped me become better at it. I still skip this step sometimes, but I get’er done most of the time. It’s progress, not perfection for me.

Yoga or Pilates are beneficial for flexibility as well as balance and bone strength. Try Yoga if you haven’t already. I started Yoga by going to classes at the YMCA. I found that committing myself to a regular class, and paying for it,  I was more motivated to go. It worked! I went once a week for a year straight. It’s still part of my healthy aging routine.

Strong Bones – Weight bearing exercise is ideal for brittle bone prevention. Any activity where you support your weight such as walking, running, badminton, or weight training is good. Having 30 minutes of weight training twice per week is recommended for maximum benefits.

* Weight-bearing exercise and weight training can be dangerous if you already have low bone density. Check with your doctor before adding this to your routine.

So What About Juicing?

Get those essential vitamins and nutrients through juicing. There’ nothing better than a fresh glass of homemade juice before or after a workout. Juicing can help with all of the above, because when you add fuel to your body with juicing, you’ll be in top shape for any physical activity.

Resources:

Wellbeing Insights Sept 2015

Balancing Poses:  Yoga Poses/Asanas/Postures

 

 

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Rich Donahue

I am a natural health enthusiast and hold a Bachelor's Degree in Natural Health from the Sandy Hill Institute for Natural Sciences. My website PRIME Juicers is dedicated to people who enjoy juicing and want to improve their health and lose weight by juicing fresh fruits and vegetables. I also write about blending, nutrition and natural health. Please join me and have fun juicing! (I may be an affiliate for products that I recommend. If you purchase those items from my links I will earn a commission. You will not pay more when buying a product through my link.)

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    Thanks for the great health tips , please hit us with more articles like that.
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  4. It’s true that when your body is in perfect shape, nobody could tell that you already surpass the age that’s meant for you. When you do a regular exercise, it sure do a big job on preventing us from aging. That’s why a regular exercise and healthy diet will be a great solution when your aging. Being healthy also while you age or when your get old is a good thing. Even though that your old, you can still manage do the things that other people can’t.
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  5. Maria
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    Thanks Rich for some good tips about aging, all people want health aging and I agree with you that physical activities are so important nowsadays

  6. mani says:

    Deficiency of mineral is one of the main reason of aging. If you are not maintaining good diet you will suffer from aging problem.
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  7. ParthoB
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    Rich, great post this one! No fluff and easy to grasp info.

    I wanna give feedback on the flexibility front. Juice, alongwith Yoga has given my aunt (who lives with us) great flexibility benefits. You made this point very well .
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  8. Shitole says:

    Thanks for the tips. I play basketball regularly and stretching too. Do i have to do yoga aswell ?
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  9. Ioana says:

    I agree taking a fresh glass of homemade juice is one effective tip for your healthy life , i drink juices and as well i drink one warm water glass in night before sleeping , its better way to burn fat from your body
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  10. Lucie
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    Wow! Thanks for all the tips! I love the stretching advice – it’s a pain, but I notice it makes quite a difference for me. The weight lifting is interesting, I bet it can help keep the bones strong.
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