Invest in your health now: returns of healthy lifestyle in Old age

Sedentary lifestyle has taken up the course with increasing the chances of several non communicable diseases. According to the American Heart Association, sedentary jobs have increased 83 percent since 1950 which nowadays is known as the sitting disease. Health is wealth is an adage extolled as often as it is ignore. While awareness around fitness has increased over the past few years still there is quite a number of population who is under incidence of numerous lifestyle diseases. 

Why on Health? 

According to WHO health is “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Where old-age or senescence is the final stage of the lifespan of human beings. With old-age it brings about several problems and increased chances of difficulties in life, although older people have poorer health than younger people, ageing does not cause disease, older people with better health habits live healthier for longer.

 

Far too many people worldwide are dying from diseases and suffering from illnesses that can be prevented in many cases. If these illnesses can’t be prevented still there is a chance that they can be reversed to some degree. Also, Health is a prize possession that’s often taken for granted.  Health can be here today and slip away over a short period of time. 

Most of the people need to reclaim their health. Everyone has the power to control their health, if they don’t, somebody else will! 

Youth and adults make decisions every day. To make a simple decision like what pants or trousers will be worn today, to more serious decisions involving subjects like medications, friends, parents, nutrition-food choices, money management, time- management, peer pressure, employment, social media, self-worth and alot more, it’s all about decision making and experience which keeps people motivated. 

Decision making is the key concept which is very important to maintain health thus investing all the time and money on improving health for a better future. Body is an instrument, all the experiences we gain from life are through our body thus it is very important to keep our body healthy. But is it only the physical aspect of healthiness, what about the social and mental state.

Many of the researchers argue about the increased depression and loneliness amongst seniors due to either loss of the partner or family not providing enough attention to them and their problems. The practise of staying healthy should start from the mid age of 45-55 as 65 is considered as an old-age age. 

Setting aside ageism, some of the other fears about the increasing older population have their origins in the well established relationship between advanced age and dependency. This raises the important question of whether the overall health of the rising older population is improving or deteriorating. 

Few investment tips for people to maintain their health and invest in them for a better future in return: 

1. Eat Healthy: Eating healthy is not just about following a diet or eating less it is about consuming good quality, variety and colors of food. It should be a balanced meal of five food groups i.e. proteins, cereals, fruits and vegetables, milk and milk products and fats and oils. According to a research by WHO, adults should eat around 400 gm of total fruits and vegetable intake to avoid any sort of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. 

2. Consuming less salt and sugar: less does means restriction or avoiding all at once, which is a misconception among many people that if they are told to consume less they’ll purely avoid it, no! salt and sugar should be consumed but in moderation to the other food that is being consumed. Many foods have hidden sugar and sodium in them which is quite adequate for regular living. Avoiding processed foods are best to control the sugar and salt intake while also preparing meals at home to be assured of how much is going in. 

3. Be active: being healthy starts with incorporation of physical activity like, a brisk walk to the market, yoga, simple moderate- intensity exercise 3-4 days a week. 

4. Get involved: in people with similar age groups to discuss thoughts, problems and suggestions so that there is less stress and tensions as it decreases as we share. Talk to someone if feeling down to motivate yourself. 

5. Get tested: With days coming get important yearly tests like sugar level, lipid profile to be assured that no disease is present or untreated.

6. Power of attitude: Physical fitness is not the sole basis of being healthy; being healthy means being mentally and emotionally fit. A positive attitude towards things is very important to boost the inner energy and heighten the inner strength. 

7. Good nutrition: eating healthy and practising good nutrition are the two keys to a healthy lifestyle. Good nutrition is often the first line of defense to avoid many diseases, including peripheral neuropathy. Practise what has been prescribed or follow self care. Eat in moderation and have proper sleeping time

8. No smoking or alcoholism: both the sexes are equally addicted to smoking and alcohol nowadays, creating all sorts of diseases. Smoking tobacco causes NCDs such as lung disease, heart disease and stroke. Tobacco kills not only the direct smokers but even non-smokers through second-hand exposure. There is no safe level for drinking alcohol. Consuming alcohol can lead to health problems such as mental and behavioural disorders. 

9. Time Management : everything which is being practised or is going to be practised should be timely i.e. should be performed on time not one day but everyday, be it eating , exercising or anything of a kind. Our body is heavily dependent on something known as Circadian rhythms which are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a 24- hour cycle. 

A company depends upon profits and growth for being sustainable. This is also true in the case of health and body. To have a healthy living or to nurture good returns in future following a healthy and active lifestyle is important. The first investment that should be made is on taking out time and practising anything with determination . 

References

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