MEN'S HEALTH: Investment in long-term health by keeping active, engaged and happy.
MEN'S HEALTH: Investment in long-term health by keeping active, engaged and happy. AlexRaths

Top tips get the thumbs up for better health

YOUR lifestyle is directly affected by your health and it is vital to do all you can to maximise your wellbeing.

Walks, tennis or gardening. They're all investments in your long-term mobility and energy levels.

It is possible to increase the number of years you live beyond 70 and equally possible to be more productive and energetic across these years.

The great benefit of this is the increased opportunity to stay involved with family, friends, your community and your favourite activities.

So keep moving at least 30 minutes a day with a brisk walk, a game of golf or bowls, gardening - they're all investments in your long-term mobility and energy levels. The range of opportunities open to you is far broader if you are in good health.

By now you will know there is a significant link between your health and your lifestyle, so try to follow some of the following tips -

  • Keeping fit and well, both physically and mentally, is essential.
  • Have an annual health check!
  • Keep your weight down to a healthy level.
  • Keep your activity levels as high as you are safely able to.
  • Eat nutritious food with plenty of fruit and vegetables.
  • Many men in their 70s are affected by depression and emotional problems as they lose some independence. Speak to your family, your mates or your GP if you are feeling depressed.
  • Remember; it's never too late to improve your diet, get fitter, energise and find new interests and friends.

Next up is using the following 70s health check when talking with your GP -

  • Weight and waist measurement.
  • Blood pressure.
  • Cholesterol and glucose levels (diabetes).
  • Eye checks, especially for glaucoma and cataracts.
  • Bowel cancer screening.
  • Flu and pneumonia shots.
  • Blood test for kidney and liver function, and iron levels.
  • Bone density.
  • Mental health - talk about any issues or concerns with your GP or a counsellor.

Put the following Foundation 49 DIY tips into action to keep enjoying your life and good health.

  • Keep moving, walk daily and do any other activities that keep you fit and well.
  • Stay connected - keep in touch with friends and family, socialise and get out and about as much as possible.
  • Keep your brain active - Do Sudoku puzzles, crossword puzzles, play cards and other games that engage you.
  • Moderate your alcohol - have three alcohol-free days each week.
  • Talk it over - don't be embarrassed about any personal issues or problems, talk to your GP or a counsellor for assistance and advice.
  • Laugh lots and loud.
  • Discuss prostate health with your GP.
  • Have a problem? Talk about it - your GP or counsellor will be able to assist you.

Next month; Your 80s.


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