Aging affects every aspect of your body, from your skin, bones and organs to your muscles and joints. But that doesn't mean your physical health has to suffer as you grow older. Taking active steps to boost your well-being can bring beneficial payoffs into the future.
An active lifestyle that includes exercise can help you maintain strength, flexibility, and endurance let you age beautifully and gracefully. Strength training is important for women. Bone density in women peaks in their early thirties and declines sharply after menopause.
Exercise helps to make your bones stronger. It also increases muscle mass, which in turn boosts metabolism so your body can burn more calories at rest. While younger females gain weight on their thighs and hips, older women are more likely to bulge around the mid-section. The effects of this extra abdominal weight show up not only in the mirror but also in the form of increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure, and many other illnesses.
Try to avoid empty calories like refined carbohydrates which can slow your body's systems and deplete your energy reserves. Eating plenty of whole grains, lean proteins, and fresh fruits and vegetables will help your overall health.
Another way to safeguard your health is by getting an annual health exam. Your check-up should include a full blood work-up to measure cholesterol, levels of good and bad cholesterol, and triglycerides. Depending on your age, a pap smear, mammogram, bone-density exam or thyroid test may also be warranted.
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