You might not like to think about it all that much, but we all get older. And that means that with each passing year, the need to look after your health gets greater. You won’t stay young forever.
If you’re a man approaching middle age, you should start thinking about the changes that need to be made to your lifestyle. Here are some top tips to help you out.
Achieve Sleep Consistency
Whatever age you are, sleep is the cornerstone of good health and fitness. Without sleeping consistently for the right amount of time each and every night, your body will suffer. A lack of sleep can affect your physical health and make you more likely to be overweight. It can also hit your mental health and affect your attention span and mood during the day. Exercising during the day and avoiding caffeine after midday are two good ways to help you sleep better if you’re having trouble doing so. Sleeping consistently is one of those things that is more important than most people realise.
Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage
One of the most common forms of cancer as you grow older is skin cancer. And the best way you can prevent you becoming a victim of it is to protect your skin from sun damage. Exposure to the sun is the overwhelming cause of skin cancer, so you should use sunscreen as often as you can. It’s not something that is only to be used when you’re lying on the beach in summer. Whenever you’re spending a lot of time outside, you should be using sunscreen, even if it doesn’t feel particularly warm. This will halt the UV rays and make you less likely to develop skin cancer in the future.
By now, we all know what the dangers of smoking, so you have no excuses for still doing it. As you get older, you will start to see the damage that it causes to your body more than ever before.
Your general fitness will decline much more rapidly if you are filling your body with the harmful toxins found in cigarette smoke. And your chances of suffering lung cancer and heart disease will increase hugely. The older you get, your chances of developing such diseases increase anyway. But they will increase even more rapidly if you’re a smoker, so, if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to quit!
Don’t Miss Checkups
You need to keep on top of your fitness, and going for regular checkups with your doctor is a huge part of this. It’s not a good idea to start missing these checkups, as you can then start to lose control over your health and fitness. Your doctor is not there to judge, so don’t be afraid to talk to them about any problems or questions you have. If you want to take an alternative approach to your health and fitness, talk to a compound chemist. They will tailor the approach taken to your health and fitness. This mean that you will get the care and treatment that is best for you and your specific needs.
Keep on Eye on Your Vitamin Consumption
There are a few key vitamins that everyone should have in their diet if they want to stay healthy. You can get them by using supplements, but it’s better to find foods that include them naturally. So, what are those key vitamins? The first is omega-3. This form of fatty acid is commonly found in fish such as salmon. It’s beneficial because it improves brain function and reduces your chances of heart disease. Secondly, you should have enough magnesium to help maintain muscle mass and help your heart rate. And finally, you should consume plenty of food with calcium in them. This will help keep your bones healthy.
You’re Not Too Old to Exercise
Many people who exercise a lot when they’re young tend to give it up as they approach middle age. But there’s no reason why this should be the case. You’re never too old to do some exercise. Sure, you might not feel as lively and fit as you did 15 years ago. But that’s only natural. And you will start to feel more fit and lively once you get back into the swing of doing exercise. You don’t want to be stuck with that layer of fat around your waist forever, do you? So, make sure you continue exercising for as long as you can. And you should also keep increasing the intensity if you really want to improve your fitness.
Exercise Your Mind
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Even though this is something that many people forget about, it is very important. You have to continually exercise your brain if you want to keep it in top condition. You can do this by learning new things. For example, if you’ve always wanted to learn a new language, why not go for it? It’s great for keeping your mind active and productive. And it’s something that might also be useful to you as well. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you keep your mind busy and active. Any new hobby that involves learning something will help.
Eat Foods with Antioxidants in Them
By eating foods that have antioxidants in them, you will be able to minimise cell damage. This is important because cell damage can lead to some very devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s. There are lots of different foods that have antioxidants in them, and most of them are fruit and vegetables.
Grapes, blueberries all have them, meaning they stop inflammation and cell damage. Other antioxidant-filled foods include nuts, kale, broccoli, spinach and sweet potatoes. There are lots to choose from, so try to cram as many of those foods into your diet as you can. Sweet potatoes are especially good because they can replace ordinary potatoes. And they include calcium and vitamin A.
Only Drink in Moderation
For men who don’t stick to drinking in moderation, the dreaded beer belly looms large on the horizon. But, to be honest, that’s the least of your problems if you don’t have a particularly healthy relationship with alcohol. It’s very easy to slide into a position where you become reliant on alcohol, and that’s not what you want. If you start to have any serious concerns about how much you’re drinking, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. And even if you don’t have a problem, you should make sure you’re paying close attention to how many units of it you’re drinking each week. When you track the units, it’s easier to notice when you’re drinking too much.
One of the very best things you can do to keep yourself healthy is enjoy life. If you spend your time worrying too much about things that are out of your control, that’s not good for your health or fitness. By staying happy and doing the things you love to do, your physical and mental health will have the best chance of remaining strong. As long as you do things in moderation, get the right amount of exercise, and do all the other things listed above, you’ll be doing well. Looking after your health doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task that dominates your life. It can even be a lot of fun!
Now you’ve read this guide to looking after your health as you approach middle age, start putting these ideas into action.