Being my normal active self, a while back, I pulled a tendon while trying to move furniture by myself and was in severe pain. I could hardly walk. Since tendons require time to heal, after limping and hobbling around for an extended period of time, I started having pain in my hip also. Finally, after seeing my doctor, I found that I had spurs in that hip joint. Bone spurs are a form of arthritis and there are many misconceptions about what causes arthritis.
Pain does not lead to a happy, healthy longevity. Millions of people suffer with pain and disability from arthritis or its complications daily. Some forms are more of an annoyance than a serious medical problem. It can strike at any age, but is more prevalent as we age. I found a natural way to relieve my pain and now I am pain free and can walk and move freely.
See your doctor if joint pain, swelling, stiffness, redness, loss of motion or deformity occurs and lasts for over a week. Early diagnosis can prevent damage and disability as well as make treatment easier.
To help prevent joint disease:
Avoid joint injury
Get early diagnosis and treatment
Maintain overall good health
Strengthen with exercise
Tell me what are you doing to relieve your pain?
A few days ago, I went for a walk in the harbor with a friend. We had a great time. The water was beautiful, the harbor full of boats. People were canoeing. Squirrels were scrambling in the rocks. The air was fresh with a slight breeze rustling the trees. Walking with a friend is much more enjoyable that walking alone, however, when walking alone, a Walkman or iPod with your favorite music or inspiring cd is a great way to compliment your walk.
Walking is an aerobic exercise that is so important to improving and maintaining health. Done on a regular basis, even at a moderate level, it can improve your health. Exercising at a sufficient intensity level will maximize the benefits to stay young after 50. Walking eight to ten thousand steps a day is recommended for a healthier longevity.
- Take your measurements. You will have a record of where you started. Monthly measure again. Watch the results as you work toward your goal.
- Start slowly. Be patient, walking 10-15 minutes at first. How many steps did you take? Add another 10 minutes. You will see results surprisingly fast.
- Walk with a friend. This is more fun and helps keep you both motivated.
- Keep a journal with details of how often you walk, how many steps you take. Remember, your goal should be 10,000 steps a day. Wearing a pedometer will count your steps for you.
- Vary the location. Walk in the park, go to the beach or take a mountain hike. I love walking at the beach even though it is several miles from my home.
How important is your health to you? Will you get started today?
A healthier longevity is great, but do you look your age? Younger or older? Often, because of genetics, too much sun, smoking, or life’s stresses, we develop lines and wrinkles prematurely making us look older than we really are.
According to Jyotsna Sahni, MD, a sleep medicine doctor at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, “ Not getting the recommended 8 hours increases levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which may slow collagen production, promoting wrinkles.”
In our perpetual search for the fountain of youth, there are many alternatives to surgery to help us look younger. Injectable fillers, skin peels, eye lifts, chin lifts, and Botox are just some of the alternatives. These can all be overdone or mistakes made, sometimes leading to results that are truly a nightmare, some can even lead to death.
I personally prefer to go the natural route with good skin care and facial exercises. firm and lift facial muscles without surgery leading to firmer, smoother skin and muscle tone enhancing ones attitude for staying young after 50 and a enjoying a healthier longevity.
Are you doing your facial exercises and getting your beauty sleep?
Getting older is inevitable and as we age, our risk factor for certain eye diseases increases. Good care and maintenance may help prevent or slow certain diseases, like cataracts and macular degeneration. Making a few lifestyle changes and good nutrition can increase eye health for a healthier, happier longevity.
Your eye doctor can check for signs of developing problems. Regular check ups are another pro-active way to help prevent eye disease. Other things that can affect the health of your eyes are smoking, excessive sunlight and air pollution.
Studies show eating correctly can help prolong this aging affect. Spinach, kale, tomatoes, peppers, squash and corn contain lutein which can repair damage to proteins in the lens of the eye.
Protecting our vision from eye disease may be as easy as making a few changes in which foods we eat and the supplements we take. Adding vitamin C, beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A, zinc and fish oil to our diets are good additions to our diets.
Wearing glasses can help improve our vision as we age, but taking preventive care to slow this necessity and, in some cases, prevent the need for surgery is well worth the effort
As a baby boomer, will you need glasses or surgery for your vision before you reach retirement age?
The Baby Boomer generation is fast approaching retirement age and as we age, our immune system declines, making us more at risk of developing certain forms of cancer, including breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers. Cancer is the number two cause of death with heart disease being number one.
Dr. Joseph Lustgarten says that today, nearly half of newly diagnosed cancers are found in people that are age 65 or older and he predicts that as the elderly population increases, that number may rise to 75 percent or higher.
A strong immune system plays such an important role in protecting us from the risk of getting cancer. Wouldn’t it be great if a simple blood test in the lab could tell you if you are at risk of developing certain cancers in the next 5 years? Dr. John Robertson of University of Nottingham, UK may have found the answer.
I have family and close friends who died of cancer, but I have found a product pak that when taken daily helps lead to a healthier life and longevity, boosts my immune system, repairs damaged cells at the cellular level, gives me the energy I need to lead an active life.
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The Nutritional Landmark Study done at UC Berkeley has proven the benefits of proper supplementation and its impact on our health.
What are you doing to boost your immune system for a healthier life?
Good quality air is essential to our health and well being. With all the outdoor pollutants, one would think indoor air is cleaner than outdoor air, but according to the Environmental Protection Agency, compared to outdoor air, indoor air can be two to five times more polluted. About 90% of our time is spent indoors. Getting outside often and breathing fresh air is beneficial to a healthier longevity.
Contributing factors to the polluted air in our homes are the cleaning products that we use on a daily basis. Chemicals in carpets, furniture and wall paint add to this toxic load. The products we wash our clothing and linens in are also loaded with chemicals. Learning which chemicals are in the products we use is imperative. Some alternatives can be found in Everything Goes With Green listed in my favorite books on the right.
Many people suffer from asthma. This can be caused by any or all of these chemicals our homes. Air conditioning is great when the temperatures rise, but re-circulating all those chemicals does not lead to a healthier longevity.
I really enjoy having my windows and doors open as much as possible to let that fresh air indoors and taking a stroll at the harbor benefiting my healthier longevity twofold.
Points to keep in mind:
Go natural, go green (non-toxic)
Open those windows and doors
Get outdoors, have fun and breathe easy.
How will you improve the air in your home?
Ah!!! Relaxing!! Getting away from lifes stress helps to Stay Young After 50. My ultimate vacation is cruising. By staying young after 50, my husband and I enjoy a healthier longevity while traveling, meeting new people and doing new things. Activities abound everywhere.
Leave your worries and stress on the shore as you enjoy all the fun things a cruise has to offer.
There are cruises to many destinations, far and near. Pick your cruise line. Onboard activities are numerous, having something for everyone. Shore tours are plentiful as an option to staying on board, lounging beside the pool, rock wall climbing, surfing onboard or making new friends.
Restaurants of every variety are available as an option to the ships dining room. For a healthier longevity, the ability to request delicious healthy foods you desire, is an added benefit in any of the dining locations.
My husband and I have been on 3 cruises, each to a different location, each equally enjoyable. Whether your destination is the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexico or around the world, all are super locations. Pick your type of cruise.
After selecting your cruise line, the main concerns are what you will have for dinner, where you will dine, what you will wear and which activities to pursue. Of course, on our first cruise, we tried to do it all. That is impossible. I needed a vacation from my vacation.
Where is your cruise destination? Which cruise line will you choose?