While a lot of people dread getting older, there are some who feel great as the years add up and look forward to becoming a better version of themselves year after year. One such person is Tim Ellis, Principal Physiotherapist and Director at Excel Physiotherapy and Wellness, and he is sharing his secrets in being fit and fabulous at 50 and beyond!
Once we reach the age of 40, we tend to live less active lifestyles. Usually, one’s career and family become their priority, as the demands and obligations of our work and loved ones add up. At this stage, there is a tendency to put ourselves last, but it is important to always have time to exercise and keep fit. Our bodies were designed for physical activity, so even on the most hectic days, commit to walking at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Doing so has been shown to burn fat, improve one’s cardiovascular health, bone density, and blood sugar regulation, as well as reduce depression and anxiety, the risk of colon and breast cancer, and glaucoma.
Watch What You Eat
At this stage, it is common for us to gain weight. On average, a person gains a kilogram every year upon reaching the age of 40. Although this could be due to hormonal changes, as well as the change in our basic amino acid profile, gaining weight is most usually caused by one’s diet. You don’t have to be a vegetarian, but try to eat red meat about once a month, lessen your intake of bread and complex carbs, and try not to eat fat and sugar in one sitting.
Take A Break From Your Smartphone
We are living in an era in which we are constantly handed information, specifically through our smartphones. The convenience of having all the things you need for work and leisure right in the palm of your hands makes it hard to switch off. How many hours do you spend holding your phone and being glued to its screen? This can take a toll on your neck, upper back, and eyes. Moreover, studies show that being glued to our smartphones actually make us less productive and connected, and may even cause depression.
Know When to Ask for Help
You know better than anybody when there is something wrong with your body, so whenever you feel something painful or different, don’t ignore it and go to a doctor or specialist who can help you get better. As an experienced physio, Tim is very aware of his physical health and shares with his clients the value of physiotherapy in ensuring pain-free aging. Always make yourself and your health a priority, and don’t wait for something to get worse before you finally decide to have it checked.
Surround Yourself with Love
Love yourself and make time to be with those you love. There is an old Irish saying that goes, “The best medicine is a good laugh and a great night’s sleep.” By the age of 50, you have probably collected a good number of amazing stories and life experiences. Share these with the ones you love and you will benefit from feel-good chemicals that can magically make all our stress and problems disappear.
Aging in a positive and healthy manner makes growing older such a lovely adventure. Take note of these tips and start embracing each year of getting older, wiser, healthier, and happier!
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Tim Ellis is the Principal Physiotherapist at Excel Physiotherapy and Wellness in Mascot, New South Wales, Australia. He specializes in treating complex necks and backs and developing highly effective exercise programs for his patients. Tim is committed to integrative health, healthy eating, exercise, and lifelong learning which he shares through his blogs.