As our bodies grow older many of our systems slow down and function less well than they did in our youth.
The amount of energy you have and your physical and emotional well-being depends greatly on the lifestyle and health choices you make.
By reducing stress and taking good care of your body you can slow the onset of age-related health problems and even avoid some entirely.
What kinds of changes should you expect to face with age?
Most of the time age-related health changes are gradual. Your metabolism will slow over time, meaning you will need less food (energy) than previously.
Eyesight and hearing generally begin to diminish between the ages of 40 and 50, and many people discover they need to use reading glasses from this age.
The rate at which your bones age will begin to increase in your 50s, and you will need to keep an eye out for signs of osteoporosis.
Vital organs such as your kidneys and heart will begin to drag in their performance. The key to keeping these organs well and strong is by remaining physically active and maintaining a great diet.
What do you need to do to feel good as you age?
First of all, devise and stick to a physical exercise program that suits your level and comfort. Consult your GP for initial exercise advice if you are uncertain.
Emotional health is also very important. Having a strong social network and feeling connected to friends, community and family will have a big say in your well-being. Ensure you set aside relaxation time each day so that stress doesn’t get the better of you.
Finally, don’t disregard the value of keeping your mind active and sharp. Keep reading and do word puzzle or play strategy games to this end.