Health and Lifestyle for the over 50s

Adding Life to Your Years

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Well this is what The Best of Health is all about, we want to create a culture of responsibility and prevention when it comes to our most important asset – our health and to age better for longer.

We owe it to ourselves to look after our bodies, most have gone through a fair bit of abuse by the time the age of 50 comes around. and at this point many people are wishing they could perhaps turn back the clock. Well its never too late to start to implement positive actions, so why not start right now!

The Best Way To Increase Your Health-Span

In 1965, Dr. Lester Breslow (a public health leader in the US) published a paper called “The Seven Healthy Habits”, discovering that people who had healthy routines lived the longest.

Dr. Breslow had found that a 60-year-old who follows all seven habits will be as healthy as a 30-year-old who only follows three. At the time, his findings were dismissed, simply because it wasn’t high-flying science.

 “I’ve always extolled such virtues for years, but in just four steps…”Adding Life to Your Years

Dr Chris’s Four Steps To A Longer Life…

1. Quit Smoking Tobacco

 “I’d have to say, if you smoke then do all that you can to quit…”

Smoking is one of the biggest killers there is and causes so many smoke-related diseases, shortening an average life-span by at least 10 years, and decreases the quality of life substantially, especially in smokers aged over 50.

2. Overweight? Lose it!

If you need to lose weight then take ACTION, obesity is now one, if not THE biggest health problem out there – not just in the adult population but in young children which is a modern day curse, so it is important to maintain a healthy diet.

The prevalence of obesity has also seen the incidences of diabetes and heart problems increase beyond anything we’ve witnessed before, and of course the burden on the NHS is simply unsustainable – Something has to be done now.

3. Know Your Numbers

Because the 50+ age group could have a number of health issues ticking away undetected, I always say, Know Your Numbers – Get your self checked out, particularly the principal items like blood pressure, cholesterol and so on. This is absolutely the best way to safeguard yourself, and give you and your family peace of mind.

4. Keep Active in Body & Mind

Try to do at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercises everyday. You should also engage in some mentally-stimulating activities on a regular basis to keep your mind sharp and healthy.

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