September is Healthy Ageing Month

September, “Healthy Aging” month, was started to give seniors and those “almost seniors” a way to make little changes in their lives which can greatly affect their quality of life down the road. Now you and I know growing older is one of the hardest things we have done. (Perhaps it is just something we thought would never happen to us.) We need to look at the positive aspects and not the negative aspects. We need to realize that it is not too late to take control, because it is never too late to start something new.

I read something the other day… “Dance like there’s no tomorrow”, it really caught my eye. Just as getting better oxygen flow to the lower extremities by wearing support stockings or support socks improves your leg health; exercise increases the oxygen to the brain. Older adults involved in regular physical activity are less likely to get dementia.

No matter our age, we should all be eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. We still have a great abundance available in the markets and we should be taking advantage of the difference they can make in our health. For example a woman my age should be eating at least 1.5 cups fresh fruit and 2 cups of vegetables a day. If you are not eating at least this, you are neglecting your health. Fresh fruits and vegetable contain fiber as well as vitamins and minerals your body needs to fight chronic diseases such as stroke, cardiovascular diseases, and some cancers.

As you all know regular check ups with your physician are also an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Although there are many tests that should be done, blood sugar for diabetes, colonoscopies for colon cancer, mammogram for breast cancer, and bone density for osteoporosis are a must as well as keep an eye on your blood pressure.

There are so many small steps you can take so you can enjoy “Healthy Aging” “Dance like there is no tomorrow”, eat healthy, and breath deep and slow.

Here’s to our “Healthy Aging”,

Vanda

6 Responses

  1. I drive a cross-country semi, and I am 56 years old, so my support hose are critical to my leg health! My husband and I drive team, so when we are on the truck (4-5 days a week), my feet seldom touch solid ground. However, I drive the night shift, and I find some time around midnight to stop at a truck stop, wash my socks and brush my teeth. During that time, I make a consistent effort to do some Tai Chi/Qi Gong. This really gets the circulation and energy flowing in my body, and gets me down the road through the night (even if I am exercising in the public bathroom handicapped stall!!! lol). I carry a 3 lb weight on board, and before I start my night shift, I do about 30 minutes of exercise while my husband is driving (which is an interesting activity, considering that the roads in America are not smooth!) I also walk on my treadmill at least 2-3 times a week, when I am home, and my husband and I love to golf. These things meet the three aspects of exercise – flexibility, strength, and cardio, and have kept me healthy and active. I can feel the difference in my body since starting this routine several years ago.

  2. I LOVE GETTING YOUR NEWS LETTERS, THEY ARE SO INFORMATIVE.

  3. I started taking gentle yoga class–stretching and balance. It’s wonderful. Even with all the moving around we women do, guided stretching helps tremendously. Vanda, as always, your advice is right on target–slow, deep breathing is part of the yoga class! I also do volunteer work at our local animal shelter, which keeps both mind and body engaged. This is where my Support Hose Plus compression stockings really make a difference. They keep my legs healthy and happy while walking those puppies!

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