Improving Longevity in Your 50's

By: Matthew Funeral Home
Monday, December 21, 2020

Your fifties should be the age where you can start to wind down; but unfortunately, it is also when many people really start to feel the effects of aging. It can be a good time to reflect and make changes to improve your life. Making healthier living choices in your fifties can increase your longevity and make you feel better. 

Exercise

Exercise is never easy, especially when your joints act up and you have back pain. But many of the afflictions that affect people 50 and older are weight-related. Shedding pounds can help alleviate joint pains. Working to lose weight can help you maintain a healthier and more comfortable lifestyle. Aerobic and cardio exercises can often be one of the best directions for adults 50 or older. These exercises can help prevent muscular atrophy and can assist with blood flow. Talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise plan. They can help you build an exercise plan that is right for your needs. 

Eating Better

Switching to a healthier diet can help you feel better and lose weight. Cutting down on fatty and fried foods can help increase blood flow and reduce weight gain. Eating a more plant-based diet, rich in fruits and vegetables can help increase longevity; and can help you feel more energetic. Look for nutrient-rich foods to improve your diet. Eating better simply makes you feel better. Talk to your doctor before making major changes in your diet. They can help you build a dietary plan that is right for your needs. 

Quit Smoking

Smoking is one of the absolute worst things you can do for your body. Smoking cigarettes can cut down your lifespan by years, and even decades. Smoking creates health issues in the heart, lungs, and more. Cigarettes cause cancer and increase your risk of heart attacks. Smoking also causes damage to bones and joints and can cause rheumatoid arthritis. Smoking also weakens the immune system. Cigarettes increase your risk of developing cataracts.

Learning New Skills

Taking on a new skill or hobby can help your brain stay active, and keeps life feeling fresh. Find a hobby that suits your interests and begin exploring what it has to offer. Learning new skills makes us feel fulfilled. Trying new things and learning new skills increases brain activity and helps strengthen the mind against memory loss from aging. 

Matthew Funeral Home does not provide medical or healthcare advice via articles.  This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice.

For over 50 years, Matthew Funeral Home has been serving the Staten Island community. We can help with almost every aspect of your loved one’s memorial service. Our family is here to serve yours, every step of the way.

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