Living Well at 50
The verdict is in: 50 is the new 30. If given the chance, most Americans would rather be 50 than 30. Surprised? Don’t be. Today, adults are living more healthily than ever. Some people say that 50 is the new 30, and they’re right. 50-year-olds today feel and look like their younger selves. So how do you feel good well into your golden years? Here are five tips to help you feel your best as you get older.
5 Tips for Healthy Living at 50
A study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found a 50-year-old who works out regularly can be just as fit as someone even three decades younger. The study showed that health is related to activity levels, not exclusively to age. Participants ages 20 to 90 ran on treadmills that increased speed and incline every 30 seconds. Peak oxygen intakes of middle-aged participants were similar to those of inactive 20-year-olds. So get out there, exercise, and prove that 50 is the new 30!
2. Eat like a Mediterranean.
We’ve all heard that eating well is important … but what, exactly, does it entail? Many studies show that eating a Mediterranean diet—one high in fruits, vegetables, nuts and healthy fats like olive oil and fish oil—puts you at a lower risk of heart disease. The diet may even prevent memory loss!
3. Have a conscientious mindset.
Stanford researchers Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin found that a conscientious personality type beat all other personality types when it came to life expectancy. Conscientious people are “prudent, persistent and planful.” These people tend to make better choices regarding themselves and take fewer risks, leading to a longer life. They also tend to develop stronger social relationships and accomplish more at work.
4. Don’t smoke cigarettes.
A 2013 study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that, on average, smoking cigarettes took 10 years off life expectancy. Smoking at an older age can only worsen your health.
5. Get good health insurance.
50 is the new 30, but that doesn’t mean you stop aging. Even if you use all of these health tips, as you age, you still may run into some health problems. For those over 50, common problems include abnormal blood sugar levels, chronic pain, and high blood pressure. However, health issues associated with age can be mitigated by good healthcare. When you get treated quickly and well, you can expect better health at 50 and beyond. That’s why you should invest in a good health insurance plan that will help you get the care you need, when you need it.
Give HealthMarkets Insurance Agency a call today to speak with one of our friendly, licensed agents. With health insurance on your side, your 50s can feel like the best years of your life.