Health becomes a major issue as we grow older. Of course, we all want to be physically fit, and that’s a part of being healthy, but losing a few pounds takes a back seat to the more important issue of healthy vital organs. Keeping the heart healthy, kidneys functioning, lungs clear, intestines working well, and swollen ankles at bay become paramount to our well-being. Maintain a healthy attitude with positive thinking and positive action. Although we may have various maladies associated with growing older, that’s no reason to succumb to the notion that we are over-the-hill. Get up and get out! You will probably notice that many symptoms disappear when you become engaged in meaningful activities.
Don’t wait for your doctor to tell you to exercise and eat healthily. Tune in to your body. Some things are just common sense. For example, if certain foods cause you discomfort, stop eating them instead of gorging on them and then taking a pill to offset the damage you’ve done. The increase in obesity in this country is evidence of the old adage, “We dig our graves with our forks.” Of course, there are medical conditions that no amount of exercise or healthy eating will cure, but many of our concerns can be abated with eating as healthily as we can. That’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.
Another good idea is to drink more water than soft drinks. The controversy over the risks of drinking soft drinks is not over; however, a recent New York Times* article cited an analysis of research results, while not definitive, show a correlation between daily consumption of soft drinks and an increased risk of stroke and heart attack. Why risk it? Cut back on soft drinks.