Sure, we all know that exercise is good for you, but recent study shows that an early morning out door walk is beneficial for a few more reasons.
- Sunlight suppresses production of the hormone melatonin, which helps us sleep. Suppressing its production early in the day allows you to produce more at night, when you need it.
- Besides the obvious cardiovascular benefits of walking, regular aerobic exercise also increases the part of the brain associated with learning and memory.
Disease prevention experts say those of us over 65 may be facing a health care crisis we could easily avoid!
Nearly 2/3 of American over 65 have not had the shingles vaccine and 40% of us haven't had a tetanus shot in the past decade. Add to that nearly 1/3 of Boomers have not been vaccinated for pneumonia.
If you fall into one of these categories, do yourself a favor and make an appointment with your doctor today!
As we age, our bood pressure tends to go up. Those in the know say we should be shooting for a rate of 130/80. If you find yourself creeping over that line, doctors recommend more cooking at home than eating out (more than 70% of our sodium intake now comes from food prepared outside our homes.
You may also want to increase your intake of potassium - a mineral found in may fruits and vegetables.
As always, best to consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.
- Blood pressure climbs as you age – It’s normal, but make sure you are getting it checked regularly to make sure it doesn’t become hypertension
- The top number is the one to watch – Systolic pressure is the one to pay attention to because it measures the peak force you pulmonary system is experiencing.
- The optimum blood pressure number is different for different people – In fact, experts don’t agree on what the ideal pressure should be.
- Healthy diet and lifestyle changes can work as well as a pill – Cutting back on salt is the easiest. Dropping weight, while more difficult, can also help. Regular exercise can also help. (Make sure you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise regimen.)
- Yes, coffee makes blood pressure spike, but… - The spike lasts about 3 hours but appears to have no long-lasting effect.
According to AARP, here are some dressing tips for cold weather:
1.) Wear a hat that covers your head (especially your ears) - research shows that when your head is warm, your whole body tends to stay warmer
2.) Mittens keep your hands warmer than gloves
3.) wool of synthetic socks keep your feet warmer
4.) An inner layer of natural fabrics like wook or silk tend to trap heat close to your body
Here's hoping you stay warm!
1. It’s Okay to Say “No”
We all tend to get overbooked during the holidays. Remember, you don’t have to accept every invitation you receive.
2. Take Some “Me” Time
Yes, the holidays are time for family and friends. But it doesn’t have to be 24/7! This tip goes with the first one. Make sure you reserve some alone time to decompress.
3. Watch the Holiday Treats
Most of what we eat over the holidays is carbohydrates (candy, cookies, etc.). Protein not only helps with weight maintenance, but it takes longer to digest, meaning it takes a longer time to get hungry again
4. Keep Exercising
Don’t wait for New Year’s to resolve to stay fit. Make sure you’re getting plenty of exercise before that ball drops on Dec. 31!
5. Do for Others
Not only is that the real meaning Christmas, but helping others also makes us happy!
Believe it or not, multi-vitamins and other mineral supplements are the one of the leading causes for ER visits among people our age!
But for a very different reasons than what they contain.
Nearly 40% of those visits to emergency rooms and walk-in clinics among our age group are caused by choking or swallowing problems involving vitamins and nutritional supplements!
The experts recommend taking only one pill at a time and always with plenty of liquid to help wash then down.
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