Keeping fit is important at any age. Even as bodies grow older and less limber, there are many things to do to keep in good shape. Everyone has read articles about what to eat, what to drink, what to avoid, but how much do we really know about those healthy hints?
What we've heard: Stay out of the sun!
What we need to know: Minimizing exposure to the sun and wearing sun block is excellent care against skin cancer. But our bodies need 15 to 30 minutes of sunshine every day. Moderate exposure helps the body create vitamin D, maintaining calcium to strengthen bones. Sunshine also helps improve mood and encourages good sleep.
What we've heard: Walking is the best exercise.
What we need to know: If we're depending on a brisk walk to keep us well, we need to remember to exercise our other muscles. Lifting moderate weights helps with strength and bone density. Balance can also be improved. A medical professional can help explain how much weight or resistance is appropriate for an individual.
What we've heard: Nutrition drinks and power bars are a quick way to eat well.
What we need to know: The doctor may indeed prescribe a nutritional supplement in certain cases, but grabbing a power bar is probably a lot like grabbing a candy bar. Check the label to see how much sugar and sodium they contain. Vitamin supplements also need to be okayed by a medical provider. Some supplements fight with medicines we're taking.
Staying healthy starts with staying informed!
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