Embrace the Essentials for a Woman in Her 50s
The 50s are a time of change in a woman’s life. You’re more assured of yourself than you’ve ever been and, as you approach retirement, you find yourself on the cusp of living your life for yourself again.
What You’ll Face in Your 50s
But the 50s also bring their fair share of health concerns. Your risk of heart disease rises by up to 50%1. Your oestrogen levels drop due to menopause – and that raises the risk of cardiovascular problems and osteoporosis. And you begin to experience a gradual decline of your memory.
While these problems are a natural part of aging, they shouldn’t hinder any joy you could get from these years of your life. There are quite a number of things that you could do to help keep you healthier, more alert and fitter.
State of Mind
The first and easiest step to keeping yourself healthy in your 50s is to cultivate some good habits that improve your state of mind.
Seven to nine hours of sleep every night can help extend your life. If hot flashes and joint pains are making it difficult to get to sleep, be sure to head to bed at least 15 minutes earlier or to wake up 15 minutes later.
To stave off dementia, which normally sets in during your 60s, make light activities such as gardening or casual walks part of your day. According to health website Prevention.com, research has shown that walking in particular makes you 70% less likely to develop cognitive problems1. You could even play games like mah-jong to keep your mind alert.
Another way of improving your state of mind as well as your health is by doing volunteer work. Not only does it feel great to help out, but studies have shown that people who are 55 or older that do volunteer work were 44% more likely to live longer1.
A Good Diet
Regularly getting the right nutrients – like calcium, potassium, zinc, iron, betacarotene, and Vitamins B6, B12, C, D, and E – goes a long way to helping you stay fit. Instead of using supplements though, try getting a healthy amount of fruit, vegetables and whole foods every day.
You should also add some good bacteria – which are found in yoghurt – to your diet. Not only does it help with digestion and your bowel movement, but the strains of Lactobacillus in yoghurt also boosts your immunity.
To further help your balanced diet, be sure to write down everything you eat. Studies have shown that keeping track of your meals and snacks actually helps to double weight loss, by making you more aware of what you’re eating.
And, of course, going for regular check-ups is absolutely essential to staying healthy in your 50s. Check with your doctor how often and when you need to go for tests like blood pressure, eyesight and pap smears.
With your professional life winding down and retirement on the horizon, your 50s should be the start of your golden years. As long as you’re looking after yourself, you can make this decade the best of your life so far!