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Opinion: Keeping yourself healthy as retirement looms

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Health

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By Ryan Hughes, MHA

Your retirement is supposed to lead to your golden years and a time when you can enjoy life to the fullest. However, many people deal with serious health issues as they age. It is important to take preventative measures in order to feel your best so that you can take advantage of your freedom once you are actually into retirement living. Try these valuable tips to stay in the best shape possible as the years fly by.

Eat well

Good nutrition cannot be stressed enough. You need a healthy, balanced diet that will give you adequate calories and the nutrients that are necessary to keep all systems functioning at optimal levels. Be sure to eat regularly and avoid a tendency to skip meals.

If it is difficult to eat large meals because you don't have the appetite you used to, try smaller portions and eat more frequently to ensure you are satisfying your nutritional needs. If you tend to overindulge, portion control can help. Use saucers instead of dinner plates for each meal. Be sure to include plenty of fresh produce, lean protein, and low-fat dairy products in your diet.

Eat foods that will provide you with a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish and nuts. They will protect your joints. Choose the right foods and you can avoid inflammation as well, reducing the impact of arthritis in your life. Learn about nutritional supplements that will provide you with mental clarity, promote bone health, and be beneficial for cardiovascular health as well. You are what you eat and you need to make sure you give yourself only the best in fuel.

Stay active

A body in motion stays in motion and this holds true as you age. You need to remain physically active to avoid slowing down. If you require low impact exercise, you have many alternatives. You can walk every day, try yoga, or swim. A stationary bicycle and elliptical machines are wonderful sources of exercise as well and they are easy on the joints. Look into exercise classes for senior citizens and some of the dance videos that are the latest craze. Find something that holds your interest, try new things, and go places that will make you stay active. You will be able to keep your heart and body strong when you are on the move on a regular basis.

Get together with others

One of the most important things you can do for yourself to promote good health is to enjoy the company of others. Do not allow yourself to become lonely or dwell on being alone. Get together with friends and family on a regular basis. Whether you go to church, the community center, or find out about local gatherings, be a part of the action. You need to surround yourself with a strong support network that will be there for you, offering friendship and interaction. You can be a valuable resource for others as well.

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