Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Seniors

 Everyone wants to live a healthy lifestyle, but what exactly does that term mean? For younger folks, it might mean a lot of exercise, daily socializing and numerous hobbies. As age catches up with us, things tend to slow down and the definition of "healthy" is quite different. In fact, doctors say the two "pillars" of health for seniors are a proper diet and regular exercise. But there's more to life than just watching what you eat and making sure to work out a few times per week.

 The good news is that there's plenty you can do to boost the health value of your life. Having enough life insurance, for example, can mean peace of mind for those who want the best for their family. Even a one-payment modified endowment contract can be a smart way for seniors to make certain that they have enough life insurance. In addition to diet and exercise, here is what experts say are the keys to a healthy lifestyle for seniors:

Moderate Alcohol Use and No Smoking

The healthiest diet and exercise habits won't do you any good if you drink too much and smoke. For people over the age of 60, doctors recommend no more than two alcohol drinks per day. Any type of tobacco use is verboten, according to health experts, because cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco contributes to all sorts of health problems. Lung cancer is the biggest long-term risk for smokers, but cancer of the mouth and salivary glands are two other common results of frequent tobacco use.

Minimal Exposure to the Sun

There's been a lot of recent research on the long-term effects of sun exposure. All of it suggests that the less time you spend in the sun, the better. Except for a few minutes a day required for obtaining some natural forms of vitamin D, it's best to stay out of direct sunlight if you are over the age of 60. Skin cancer rates have soared in the past two decades for reasons that experts don't fully understand. The bottom line is that the sun's rays are harmful and you should wear a blocking agent if you need to be outside for more than a few minutes at a time.

Regular Doctor, Dentist and Eye Care Visits

Visiting a primary care physician, a dentist and an eye-care professional on a regular basis is a keystone of long-term health. A hidden advantage of regular checkups is that doctors can notice changes in your overall health better than you can. They know what to look for and can offer early warnings about a wide range of dangerous conditions.

Getting Enough Sleep

Getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night is not the only sleep-related suggestion from the experts. It's also important to sleep regularly. That means going to bed and waking at the same times each day, with few exceptions. Some people need more sleep than others but most people have an increased need for sleep time as they grow older.
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