Turning 50 can feel like a strange time for many men. While 50 certainly isn’t classed as elderly, hitting this milestone often feels daunting and as though drastic change is needed. We’re here to remind you that this doesn’t need to be the case.
Men over the age of 50 can be just as fit and healthy as men under the age of 50. However, just like any stage of ageing, a bit of extra care and attention might be needed. This guide will take you through five healthy lifestyle changes for men over the age of 50.
- Eat A Healthy Diet
Maintaining a healthy diet is something that you should do throughout all stages of life. A balanced diet helps to give your body the nutrients it needs to support its normal function, without putting in too much hard work.
If you feel as though you aren’t getting enough nutrients through diet alone, a nutritionist may recommend that you take multivitamin tablets. You can actually get multivitamins tailored for men over the age of 50, helping to ensure that you’re supporting your body through this stage of life.
- Get Enough Sleep
According to the NHS’ sleep guide, most adults need 6 to 9 hours of sleep per night. This is particularly important as you age, as your body may need more time to recover from the day’s activities.
If you struggle to get enough sleep, there are many things that you can do to help. The most common tips for sleeping include:
- Winding down before bedtime
- Staying off technology an hour before sleeping
- Creating a cool, calming environment
- Going to bed at the same time every night
If you are doing all you can and sleep problems persist, consider visiting a doctor for further guidance.
- Drink In Moderation
There’s nothing wrong with the occasional beer, but this might be an outlook that you’ve had for your whole life. As you turn 50, consider making a more conscious effort to reduce the amount of alcohol you consume. To keep health risks to a low level, avoid drinking more than 14 units per week.
- Go To Routine Health Checkups
Nothing screams “I’m getting old!” quite like routine health checkups. However, although a reminder of your age, these health checkups are in place for a reason. Some serious health problems are more likely as you get older, and early detection is key. From checking blood pressure right through to checking for prostate cancer, never miss your appointments. They may just save your life.
- Stay Physically Active
While you might not have as much energy as you did in your 20’s, you shouldn’t ignore exercise while in your 50’s. Exercise in your 50’s has the same benefits as it did before this milestone, helping to improve strength, heart health, balance, and flexibility.
With the above in mind, continue with a regular exercise routine, but don’t forget to take breaks when needed. You might be surprised to learn just how strong your body can be when at the age of 50.