Today, the 25th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day, we celebrate the gains we’ve made in longevity, and at the same time highlight the quality of the lives we can now look forward to. Living long is only part of what the day is all about. How we enjoy those years is a big part, too.
Focus on Exercise and Nutrition
Today’s older Americans are fortunate to have grown up when physical activity, often outdoors, was a greater proportion of our time than children see nowadays. This orientation is precious, and we are encouraged not to give it up. This kind of childhood set us up for stronger bones, better circulation, and better balance. Now it’s time to take steps to hold onto them.
In addition, with rising rates of obesity and diabetes – appearing at ever-younger ages – nutrition is a subject that most of us have to learn more about. If it were only about counting calories that might be simpler, but, in fact, food is surrounded by tradition, expectation, culture, and habit. That’s a pretty powerful combination to change, so support is as important as information when it comes to changing our pattern of eating.
Nutrition and exercise are so influential, in so many parts of our well-being, that this core message bears repeating, and National Senior Health & Fitness Day is a good reminder, even if the message seems familiar.
We’re Not Through Growing
What might be surprising, though, is that physical activity still does us good at any age, even in matters like bone strength and density. Our safety from falls, for example, continues to be enhanced as long as we carry on with sensible physical activity on a daily basis. In fact, the theme for this year’s National Senior Health & Fitness Day is “Active Today . . . Healthier Tomorrow!.”
Another surprise might be that our brains are capable of restoring and revitalizing themselves as long as we live. Rapidly growing insights into brain chemistry and neural activity show that we need not stop expecting new interests, new capacities for imagination and insight to continue growing as long as we maintain positive mental activity.
A Vital Role for Health Screenings
Awareness is key to keeping our health and fitness as we grow older. If we haven’t done so already, National Senior Health & Fitness Day serves as an excellent reminder to start – or return to – a regular routine of exams from a family physician.
The wisdom that we hope came to us with age did not bring with it the ability to monitor serum cholesterol levels, blood pressure or blood glucose, or many of the other trail-markers for an enjoyable life. So, it’s time to build or renew a relationship with a physician, who gets to know you and has your whole perspective in mind.
It would be a privilege for us to take that role in your life. Call us at 843-815-6468.