Ideally, as we get closer to retirement age, we should be able to spend less time on work and family commitments while at the same time devoting more attention to enjoying life. But maintaining a focus on our health is also critical. A few bad habits might transform treasured golden years into a period of continuing illness and physical difficulty. These are the ones you should avoid—according to experts, these are the ways you may be harming your body after 60.
1 — Not Getting Enough Sleep
While getting enough rest is critical to good health at any age, it may be especially beneficial as we get older. According to a research published recently in Nature Communications, individuals over 50 who sleep less than six hours each night are 30% more likely to have dementia in their later years. It’s during sleep that fundamental bodily processes—especially the brain and immune system—get some essential maintenance. To promote optimum health, doctors recommend obtaining seven to nine hours of sleep every night.
2 — Drinking Too Much
Whether you’re 21 or 81, drinking too much alcohol can harm your health, but over-consumption has particular implications as we age. Alcohol has unique effects on older people, which might lead to severe drug interactions or injuries from falls or automobiles. To remain healthy, drink in moderation: women should not consume more than one alcoholic beverage each day, while males should not exceed two per day.
3 — Being Lonely or Mentally Inactive
Social isolation is now considered a public health problem, especially among people over 60. Being lonely has been linked to negative health effects comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day and may increase the chance of dementia in older adults by 50%. According to doctors, it’s because socializing helps keep the brain active and lowers stress, lowering the risk of everything from Alzheimer’s disease to heart disease and cancer. Make every effort possible to keep socially connected; meet with friends and family members on a regular basis, join an activity or support group, or volunteer if you can.
4 — Not Exercising
You probably guessed this one. Every week, doctors advise that everyone over the age of 18 get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity. However, only around 20% of us meet that goal on a regular basis. Regular exercise is especially crucial after the age of 60 because it lowers your risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia and other serious illnesses. Resistance exercise (two sessions per week) (experts recommend), which builds bone density and muscle mass, are two vital elements that aging takes away from us.