Maximize your golden years

Are you approaching the so-called “golden years”: the time of life after retirement from active work? Free from the constraints of a job, boss or workplace, you can at last enjoy the freedom to do what you want, when you want – or at least that’s how it’s supposed to work.

But for too many people, the golden years fail to live up to their promise, at least from a health perspective. With age, the body begins to break down, particularly if you haven’t taken care of it for decades.

Fortunately, it’s never too late to start building a better, fitter you to not just survive, but thrive during your golden years. Getting old doesn’t mean you have to lose your health and vitality if you do it right. Here are four tips to take to heart.

Movement matters: We can’t stress enough the importance of staying active with age. Continual activity keeps your body functioning optimally (particularly your heart) and prevents stagnation from setting in, which can lead to poor range of motion and stiffness all the way up to cancer and other illnesses in which the body’s cells start to mutate.

Socialize: Research suggests people with an active social calendar live longer (and enjoy it more) than people who tend to be isolated with few friends and acquaintances. A healthy social circle not only gives you a support group when times are tough, it also gives you ample opportunity to laugh, talk, de-stress and enjoy life with people who matter.

Change things up: By the time you reach the average age of retirement (65), you’ve spent more than six decades on the planet. Over time, you’ve likely fallen into a variety of routines that sometimes feel comforting, but other times feel restrictive and draining. Now’s your chance to break out of whatever mold you fit yourself in and explore new trails.

You are what you eat: If you haven’t been on the healthiest course when it comes to nutrition, now’s the time to jump on the “good foods are good for you” bandwagon full force. If you don’t know where to start, talk to your doctor about simple, incremental diet changes you can make to get you on the right track.

Maximizing our golden years boils down to making smart choices that bring us vigor, vitality, energy and excitement. In fact, these tips work for people of all ages; after all, if you live a healthy life when you’re young, you’ll plant the proper seeds to continue living right when you’re older.

For more information on health and safety visit www.toyourhealth.com or the Ontario Chiropractic Association website at www.chiropractic.on.ca or call 1-877-327-2273.

Dr. George I. Traitses of Infinite Health practices traditional chiropractic, advanced nutrition and anti aging therapy and has been serving the Toronto and Markham communities since 1981. You can reach him at 416-499-5656 or www.infinite-health.com

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