Turning 60 is one of the major milestones in anyone’s life. It is that wonderful state of transition where you’ve had a good look at life, lived it, loved it, experienced the highs and lows and become the person you are, and yet there’s still a lot to look forward to. As you move closer to turning 60, it becomes essential for you to realize the importance of your health, to take care of your bodies, to fight aging and be ready for all that life has in store for you.
Here is a checklist of 10 things that you should start doing before you cross that bridge of turning 60 all in good health, with the same zest and energy that you felt when you were young.
- Monitor your food habits
What you put inside your bodies is how your bodies eventually start to look, feel and function. This holds even more value as you get closer to turning 60. With the digestive, immune and cardiovascular systems being comparatively weaker than what they were 10 years ago, it will serve you better to watch what you’re eating.
Stay away from oily, fried and sugary foods. These foods can and will damage your body risking heart attacks, strokes, and the dreaded diabetes. There’s even more reason to take care of your food habits if you’ve not been on the healthier side of the scale.
Turning 60 has its undeniable impact on our health and fitness. Our bodies start to feel lethargic, and drained of energy. Mental and physical fitness is important which is why its never too late to exercise. If your health and strength permits and you have been a regular at the gym, there’s nothing better. If not, at least make sure you go out for early morning walks or jogs. While the fresh air will fill you up with good energy, the walk will kick out all the lethargy and get your body ready for the day.
- Ensure sound sleep
Ensuring that you get a sound sleep during the night is always important, irrespective of the age. As the body ages, it loses its ability to cope with the loss of sleep. So, while you managed to live through the day with just 5 hours of sleep when you were young, it won’t happen now, certainly not as you get close to turning 60. Give your body a break from the day by going to bed at the right time. Get at least 8 hours of sound and undisturbed sleep.
- Pick up a hobby
Painting, gardening, yoga, active sports, it can be anything as long as it keeps you engaged and happy. You’ll even end up learning and doing something you enjoy. With mental and/or physical engagement as you grow older, you can make sure that your body is aging in a healthy manner.
- Revive your skincare routine
The fine lines and the wrinkles have already set in by now and there’s no denying that. But there’s always a way to make sure that you still look handsome, bright and lively by adopting a fitting skincare regimen before turning 60. The first step to anti aging is to try and stay out of the sun, as much as you can. Sun damage can deepen your wrinkles and give way to age spots. Even if you do step out, don’t forget your sunblock. Also remember to wash your face with a non-soapy face wash and moisturize it, before you go to sleep on a regular basis. Throw away fancy cosmetics and switch to using natural products like olive and coconut oil.
- Drink a lot of water
Water is the elixir that, if you’ve been drinking enough of, prevents you from looking as old as you actually are. If not, create this habit now. Staying hydrated is one of the best pathways of healthy aging. Drinking a lot of water will not only prevent your skin from looking dull and lifeless but will also flush out all the toxins that reside in your body. Drinking water will replenish your body with the necessary fluids and prevent tiredness, dehydration, muscle cramps and lightheadedness.
- Bid bad habits farewell
Smoking and drinking definitely must have been fun while it lasted, but you don’t want to continue doing that as you turn 60. With a weaker immune system our bodies lose the ability to function efficiently and fight off diseases. Smoke and alcohol induced damage to the lungs and the liver respectively, add to the incapability. Quit these habits while you still have that choice.
- Get medical evaluations done regularly
Book appointment with your doctor on a biannual basis for a full body medical checkup. With your bodies growing older and weaker, it is easy to be the host of chronic diseases. Getting your cholesterol, sugar, triglycerides, blood pressure, vitamins and mineral levels evaluated on a regular basis will help you craft a healthcare routine that caters to the deficiency and takes care of the spikes.
- Avoid stress
Pack stress in a box and discard that box for good. You’ve spent a good part of your life stressing about almost everything. Luckily, you may have managed to balance your health with it. But as you grow older, it becomes challenging for the body to cope with high levels of stress. Stress in fact is the leading cause of diseases like hypertension, diabetes, increased blood pressure, muscle tension and heart diseases. So avoid stressing about things and try to be more easygoing.
- Be optimistic
Feeling happy and cultivating optimism from within is one of the first steps to leading a healthy life. The sooner you learn this, the better. Therefore, always try to focus on the good that life has to offer. Reflect on the happy memories and make sure that you feel good and radiate positivity wherever you go.