The Talk: How To Stay Healthy At Any Age
Today’s theme was loving your age, and that is always the easiest to do when you are healthy at your age. Contributing editor to Prevention Magazine, Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, came on the show and showed us how to stay healthy in your thirties, forties, and beyond.
The Talk: How To Stay Healthy In Your 30s
In your 30s, a woman’s biggest concerns generally involve raising children and building a career, so fatigue, a lack of personal time, and shifting hormonal patterns are the biggest problem encountered by women of this age.
For women in their 30s, it is very important to both find time for yourself and be sure to monitor your health, seeing your doctor if you notice any shifting hormonal changes.
The Talk: How To Stay Healthy In Your 40s
In your 40s, the biggest secret to keeping yourself feeling good is exercise, which might be the last thing you want to hear, but this is the decade is which you start to lose muscle mass.
As you lose muscle mass, your weight goes up and you get more abdominal fat, which can in turn lead to hypertension and diabetes. It is vital to add strength training to any pre-existing workouts you have to keep your muscle mass up.
The Talk: Muscle Mass Exercises
Tasneem showed us a few targeted exercise movements for you to help maintain your muscle mass. The first exercise was an overheard dumbbell press. With your palms facing forward, press dumbbells over your head for 10 reps slowly, then, do 10 more reps at a faster rate.
The second exercise was a dumbbell kickback. Bending over so that your torso is horizontal with the ground, keep your arm in line with your torso, bend it at the elbow, and straighten it out while holding onto a dumbbell. Like the first exercise, do 10 reps slow, then 10 reps fast. Be sure to increase the weight if you find it too light.
The Talk: Health Screenings To Get In Your 40s
Another thing you need to attend to in your 40s is getting your regular health screenings. Your cholesterol, blood pressure, and fasting blood sugar are some basic tests, while you also need more specific tests such as eye exams, dental exams, and a yearly skin check.
Pelvic and breast exams are also important. Where mammograms are concerned, all women should get a baseline mamo at age 40, then consult your doctor and construct a mammogram screening schedules based off of your test results and your family history.
The Talk: How To Maintain Bone Health In Your 50s
For women that are approaching 50, you need to concern yourself with bone health. In the years leading up to menopause, you lose 10 percent density in both your spine and your hip. A great way to protect your bone health is to incorporate foods into your diet that have plenty of calcium in them. Leafy vegetables, grains, nuts, and dairy are all great sources of calcium. The goal is to get about 1,200 milligrams of calcium per day.
Red Clover & Black Cohosh: Menopause Supplements Relieve Symptoms
Once you are in your 50s and in the full swing of menopause, hot flashes, night sweats, and weight gain can turn menopause into a hormonal nightmare. However, you can reduce some of these symptoms by taking supplements. Dr. Bhatia suggested Red Clover, Evening Primrose Oil, and Black Cohosh. If these aren’t enough, you might want to talk to your doctor about hormone replacement medication.
However, there are some preventative measures you can take that will help you avoid having to pop more pills. Having a regular sleep schedule and avoiding caffeine after 12 noon is very important in preventing hot flashes. Relaxing before bedtime helps as well.
The Talk: How To Keep Your Mind Sharp In Your Sixties
Once you are in your 60s, it is all about keeping your brain healthy. These are the years where you can begin to go mentally if you don’t try to keep yourself mentally stimulated. Brushing your teeth or your hair with your non-dominant hand can be a big help.
The Talk: How To Keep Your Skin Healthy
To keep your skin healthy at all ages, the number one rule is hydration. You want to drink about six to eight glasses of water per day to keep your skin healthful and vibrant. When you’re outdoors, be sure to use sunscreen to protect against sun damage. Wash your face only once, because washing it twice can be too drying. You also want to regularly switch up your skin care products so that your skin doesn’t get acclimated to the products and stop responding.
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