Live your best life whatever your age by ticking off these easy steps for staying happy and healthy as you get older.
When it comes to boosting your health taking just a few small steps can make a big difference...
Get on top of the niggles
If you’ve got a health concern that’s niggling at the back of your mind don’t put off speaking to someone about it. The chances are it’s something easily sorted and if not, getting on the right medication could make you feel much better. If you have a long-term health condition, make sure you’re attending regular scheduled check-ups, either at your GP or pharmacy, such as an annual asthma review, to ensure you’re doing everything you can to keep on top of your condition and feel as well as you can.
Have a health boost
No need to wait till the New Year to kickstart your resolution to be a bit healthier. Make a start now on tweaking anything that might have an effect on your health. Think about how much exercise you do too. Low-impact exercise such as yoga or swimming is one of the best-kept secrets for defying the years in terms of your health. Walking too, can do wonders for how you feel as you get older and it’s completely free! Or if you prefer not to leave your home in the cold weather you could try a portable digital pedal exerciser (£29.99, Betterlife.co.uk) to keep active at home.
Bring those numbers down
Maintaining a healthy blood pressure can significantly reduce your risk of stroke, heart conditions and heart attacks so it’s important to think about steps you can take to bring your blood pressure down to a healthy level. Cutting back on salt, packing in your five-a-day and eating more fish are all easy changes you could make to your daily routine. It is a good idea to have your own blood pressure monitor (£19.99, betterlife.co.uk) at home so you can easily check your numbers.
Taking medications is often an inevitable part of getting older but the trick is to make sure you’re getting the most out of your medication, being sure to take it at the right time and in the correct dose.
Think about making a timetable of when to take your medication – following any advice from your doctor about different ones that must not be taken together . You could also try a pill box to help you get your pills in order, even when you’re out and about.
WE LOVE! Smart Pill Box
Never get confused with your pills again! This box has six colour-coded compartments and has been designed specially to easily and clearly store your medicines so you know exactly what to take and when. And if you’ve got a smartphone, you can use this alongside the Pill Buddy App (available on Apple and Android) which will give you a reminder on your phone when to take your pills.
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