How to Master Your Health After 50

According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s Retirement Confidence Survey for 2017, nearly 45 percent of Americans are worried about covering their medical expenses once retired. Improving and maintaining your health, both physically and mentally, can help prevent and decrease medical costs before they happen. Compass Retirement Solutions recognizes the stress that comes with the uncertainties of health during retirement and has compiled a list of helpful habits to keep you at your best.

Health in Retirement

 

1. Walk, Walk, Walk

Walking has countless advantages for health and wellness. Some benefits of walking include:

  • Lower blood sugar – Researchers at George Washington University School of Public Health studied inactive men and women over 60 and found that walking after dinner for fifteen minutes, helped control blood sugar spikes after meals.
  • Decreases in high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes – A study conducted at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Life Science Division in Berkley, California found that walking briskly can lower all three health factors.
  • Improvements for heart health and circulation – Circulation is important in ensuring that your body and organs are receiving the appropriate nutrients. Walking increases your heart rate, boosting circulation and making your heart pump faster.
  • Positive impacts on your mental state – A study from Stanford has found evidence that walking outside in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression, better memory and more positive thoughts.

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2. Eat a Healthy Diet

No matter what stage of life, eating healthy is something that all doctors, scholars, fitness professionals and researchers recommend. Try to focus on eating vegetables, fruits and grains high in antioxidants because they help prevent the destruction of cells that contribute to aging. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends eating fish like, lake trout, herring, tuna and salmon because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are proven to decrease arrhythmia and growth of plaque. They also reduce the risk of memory loss, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. Of course, staying away from junk food, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption also has immense health benefits.

3. Keep Your Brain and Memory Strong

Staying active, being creative, and giving your brain the rest that it needs will have massive benefits for your mental health. Naps aren’t just for kids; in a German study, evidence showed a 45 to 90-minute nap each day helps remember more information. Something else that isn’t reserved for kids? Classes! Joining a creative class in something you have always had a passion for or even just spending time at home playing music, drawing, reading, writing, and everything in between will help keep your mind sharp.

4. Stay Up to Date on Your Current State

Go to the doctor for regular checkups. Take the time to receive the proper screenings, immunizations, and tests to prevent more complex issues from occurring. Medical appointments with your hearing, vision, medical and dental professional is strongly encouraged.

If you would like to book an appointment to speak with Marvin Mitchell, CEO of Compass Retirement Solutions, please call 314-373-1598 or email admin@compassretirementsolutions.com.