Health Tips for Men over 50
1)Take up a new hobby
When you reach your 50s you can sometimes feel at a bit of a loose end as the children have grown meaning you don’t have to do as much running around as you did in the past – hopefully! So, what can you do to fill your time instead? Well, get out there and try something new!
This could be anything – a new sport, a language, or a creative pursuit like photography. This is a great way to meet new people, learn something new and boost your mood. It can also be a great thing for you and your partner to do together now that you have some free time to spend together again.
2) Exercise every day
Now I don’t mean you have to spend hours in the gym every day but make an effort to do some form of activity each day! Some days this could just be walking to work or a quick walk after dinner, but try to get a good mix in there. Yoga is a great option in the evening, whilst a cycle at the weekend is a great way to get some fresh air and explore your local area while getting your cardio up.
Start easy and build up from there – provided you don’t have any health problems like arthritis, there’s no reason why you can’t be running a 5K within a few months!
3) Eat less meat and dairy (or give them up altogether!)
Both meat and dairy are inflammatory foods, which can wreak havoc in your body. Inflammation can worsen joint pain, cause digestive problems, and even worsen problems like depression. Plus, these products are also full of unhealthy fats which can contribute to cardiovascular problems.
In fact, processed meats (including bacon, salami and sausages) are in the same cancer-causing category as cigarettes, asbestos and engine exhaust fumes. Red meat, on the other hand, ranks as ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’, alongside the HPV virus and lead compounds.1 Yikes!
If you are eating meat, at least make sure it’s good quality, organic meat, and try to avoid processed types as much as possible!
4) Eat more fresh fruit and veg
Adding more fruit and vegetables into your diet can be so easy, and tasty too! Everyone should be eating at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day, but did you know that scientists have recently suggested that it should, in fact, be 10? ?
Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you eat a plain salad for dinner. In fact, you can eat pretty much the same meals, just pack more vegetables in there.
That chicken curry you’re making? Add in some cauliflower, peas and red pepper! Better still, swap the chicken for chickpeas or butternut squash.
Love a stir fry? Add beansprouts, broccoli, mangetout and baby corn for a crunchy and tasty meal.
You could also make a smoothie to drink alongside your breakfast, take some fruit with you to work or add at least two different types of vegetable to each evening meal. By following these simple tips you’ll be soaring over 5 portions in no time. For lots of healthy, tasty meal ideas, head to our recipe pages.
5) Practise mindfulness or meditation
Mindfulness and meditation are great ways to reduce stress and give your busy mind a rest. Mindfulness is a simple form of meditation which involves focusing on the present moment, the body and your breathing whilst letting thoughts come and go – rather than trying to block them out as some forms of meditation involve.
This is a great way to reduce stress, which can damage the immune system and digestive system and even contribute to heart disease, cardiovascular problems and physiological problems.