It’s never too late to try new approaches and embrace lifestyle habits that support good health. Consider how these 4 allies can support you in your healthy, active journey.
As the body changes with age, so too does its nutritional needs, for example its requirements for protein, calcium and vitamin D increase. Changes to lifestyle and appetite can affect what and how much we eat, and without realising it you may not be meeting nutritional needs.
Look up new recipes for variety and think about including nutrients from a range of food types – be adventurous!
Ensuring you get enough nutrients, whether it’s through making changes to your diet and/or through the use of supplements, can contribute to improved wellbeing.
The impact of physical activity each day is invaluable to health and wellbeing at any age.
Exercise does not need to be strenuous, just regular, whether it’s walking, swimming or gardening. Engage your family and friends, or find additional motivation by checking with your local community or fitness centre for specific programs for older adults.
To feel the benefit of muscle mass maintenance, resistance exercise training (using all the major muscle groups) should be done at least twice a week, as well as having adequate protein distributed over meals and snacks throughout each day.1,2
Whatever your age, weight maintenance is key for good health. Age can affect us in different ways – some people find they start to gain weight, others to lose it.
If you have any concerns about your weight or the weight of a loved one, please speak to your healthcare professional.
It’s always important to look after our own mental health, and that of others around us. However ageing often brings with it changes, such as an illness in the family, finishing our career or living alone, and they can all contribute to our mental wellbeing.