Our 60s can be filled with many great, healthy years, but it takes discipline and effort to live a quality life. We can help determine our lifespan by removing bad habits and practicing positive choices and Eat This, Not That! Health spoke to experts who reveal their tips for living a long healthy life. Read on and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.
Dr. Jacob Hascalovici MD, PhD, Clearing The head doctor tells us:Bodies and minds are often so tough and resilient. However, they cannot take much, so it becomes more and more important to take care of them as we get older. Although “being healthy” is often described as a set of “don’ts”, practicing good health is often about trading more positive and dynamic habits for ones that can drag you down. If any of the habits below hold true for you and you’re heading into your 60s and beyond, think about how you could cut back on that habit and put a healthier one in its place.”
Dr. Hascalovici says: “Smoking can be your way of relaxing or just a deep-rooted habit…it’s deadly too. This increases the risk of many chronic diseases and can make it harder for any injury to heal, which becomes increasingly difficult to manage as you get older. As soon as you stop or slow down smoking, the body begins to recover. What could you do to relax instead?”
Dr. Hascalovici explains: “Sitting kills! This can lead to more heart health issues, loss of muscle mass, weaker bones, weight gain, and mood disorders. Although we feel like it should be relaxing, sitting or being sedentary hurts us a lot. It robs us of natural hormones that improve mood and weaken our body. The answer is to move more. What might that look like to you?”
Dr. Hascalovici explains: “Of all the bad food decisions you can make, sugar is high on the list. It’s compelling, appealing, and, sadly, nutritionally empty. Over time, sugar can lead to low mood, diabetes, and overall poor health. A little goes a long way (and should be enjoyed…but only in moderation!) Sugary sodas, many alcoholic beverages, and even some juices should be avoided. What could you drink instead?
by Barbara BergMD Retired Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon says, “Deep squats are something anyone over 60 should avoid. As we age, the meniscus and surface cartilages of our knees begin to wear down and weaken.They cannot withstand the kinds of pressures they could tolerate when we were young.Squatting puts tremendous pressure on the knee and can often be responsible for tearing the meniscus and shearing the articular cartilage at the surface of our knees. This can lead to the onset of arthritis. The exercise industry is currently investing in people doing all kinds of squats, for the benefit of… orthopedic surgeons. After 60, try something else: walking, straight leg raises, swimming, cycling.
Heather Newgen has two decades of experience reporting and writing about health, fitness, entertainment and travel. Heather is currently a freelancer for several publications. Read more