Maintaining Your Momentum: Keeping Fit In Your 60s

December 18, 2017

Keeping Fit In Your 60s

Welcome to your 60s! You’ve worked hard to get here, and by this time you have (hopefully) been practicing healthy habits for decades. Thanks to those efforts, you should keep looking and feeling your best well into your golden years. Feeling happier than ever? I’m not surprised. Research shows the two happiest decades of your life will most likely be your 20s and your 60s! It makes perfect sense when you consider that this decade is chock-full of reasons to rejoice and relax! You’re nearing retirement age, so you may be looking forward to relocating to a new home, traveling more often, or spending more time with family and friends. Chances are, your children are grown, independent, and may have even blessed you with grandchildren!

There are plenty of reasons to love your 60s, but don’t lose sight of the fact that maintaining your health and well-being could be a little more challenging than it has in the past. Keeping fit in your 60s is as important as ever, and not just for your own sake. You’re also serving as a positive role model for your daughters and granddaughters, as and other important women in your life, and that fact alone is reason enough to keep making an effort to stay healthy and active.

Keeping fit in your 60s and beyond means continuing all the healthy-living practices you’ve engaged in for years. In addition, learn about other ways to manage your health during this decade.

Bone Up

You’ll want to ensure you’re getting enough vitamin D and calcium, since your bones becoming weaker as you continue to age. You can also combat osteoporosis and ward off fractures by lifting weights, which makes bones stronger and denser. Also, be sure to maintain a healthy weight to reduce stress on your joints. As a bonus, keeping fit in your 60s can help you maintain healthy joints since activity helps keep them lubricated. Healthy bones and joints lower your chances of needing a knee replacement, a common joint-replacement surgery many people over the age of 65 require.

Eat Right

Keeping fit in your 60s means more than just exercising. Your advancing age can leave you more susceptible to vitamin deficiencies, so talk to your doctor about which supplements you might need. No matter what, increase your fiber intake, which can help keep your slowing digestive system moving and reduce the chances that you’ll develop colon polyps (which can become colon cancer). As you age, your body is more easily dehydrated, so up your water intake while you’re at it.

Heart Disease

Remember: As the number one killer of women, heart disease is your biggest threat, and one that increases as you age. Smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, and poor diet can all damage your heart. While you hopefully kicked the smoking habit long ago (or never started), obesity and a lack of exercise are bigger threats to heart health than ever. This means you have more reason than ever for keeping fit in your 60s and maintaining a healthy weight. Also, it’s important to note that if you notice something is amiss with your heart, such as racing or skipped beats, you should get it checked out right away, as arrhythmias can cause stroke.

Get Checked Out

By now, you need regular screenings to test your blood sugar, bone-mineral density, cholesterol, blood pressure, and thyroid. You also need testing to rule out colon, pelvic, and breast cancers. During this decade, you should begin getting certain vaccinations, such as herpes zoster and pneumonia, since immunity decreases with age. Also, as you get older, your senses become less, well, sensitive. Stay on top of vision and hearing screenings, and report any concerns or symptoms to your doctor.

Take Your Role Seriously

It can be tough to stay motivated as your body continues to age. Excuses abound for not keeping up the same wellness lifestyle you always have. But knowing that you have a responsibility to your family to set the tone for how to treat one’s body and one’s self can you keep you going when your motivation flags. Not only is maintaining your health important to your ability to serve as a positive role model, it’s also critical to stay healthy to reduce your reliance on family members and ensure you can care for yourself for as long as possible.

Stay Independent

Maintaining your health is key to continuing to be as independent as possible for as long as possible. Not only will this lessen the burden you place on family members, it also will allow you to enjoy a full and active life for as long as you possibly can.

No longer are a person’s 60s considered “old.” Instead, your 60s can be a time of growth, adventure, travel, and new beginnings. By keeping fit in your 60s, you can look and feel great for years to come. You’ll be a positive role model for your family and may even enjoy one of the best decades of your life!

Have more questions about how to live your best life no matter how old you are? Check out my other posts on living well through the decades, look out for me on television, and follow me on social media! Happy holidays!