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4 Lifestyle Changes You Need to Consider at 60


Published August 8, 2022

As you reach 60, it’s natural to look at your life and ask yourself if there are any changes you need to make. After all, this is a milestone age, and it’s time to start thinking about the next steps along your journey. While making changes can be daunting, there are some important ones you’ll want to consider. From addressing fatigue symptoms to the importance of physical activity, here are some lifestyle changes at 60 you’ll want to start thinking about if you haven’t already.

1) Address Health Concerns 

It’s a fact of life and only natural that our bodies will change as we get older. We don’t heal as quickly, our immune systems weaken, and we become more susceptible to chronic illnesses. That’s why we need to be proactive about taking care of our health as we age. Many of us don’t take our health concerns seriously until we’re experiencing significant problems.

Common health concerns that need to be addressed as we age include:

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2) Keep Moving

The truth is that many of us tend to slow down a lot as we age. Whether it’s because we don’t have the energy or we just don’t think we need to anymore, being inactive can lead to a host of problems beyond gaining a few pounds. 

Not only does staying active help keep your body in better shape, but it can also improve your mental health, help you sleep better, and even reduce your risk of developing dementia.

Exercise is vital at any age, but it becomes even more crucial as we get older. Regular exercise can help prevent many of the health problems that become more common with age, including heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, and falls. In addition, exercise can help improve your mood, cognitive function, and overall quality of life.

So, how much exercise do you need to stay active? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week paired with two days of strength training. However, even if you can’t meet this goal, any amount of exercise is better than none.

This can be done in various ways and should be something you enjoy doing. You can also combine exercise with social activities to make it more enjoyable. Here are some of our top tips on how to stay active in your 60s and beyond:

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3) Celebrate Your Body

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of love or body positivity out there for seniors. In fact, many people believe that once you reach a certain age, your body is no longer something to be celebrated. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Your body is your temple, no matter how old you are. It’s the one thing that you have to live in for the rest of your life, so you might as well love it and take care of it. This doesn’t mean that you have to have the perfect body or look like you’re 20 years old. It simply means that you should appreciate your body for what it is and do your best to take care of it.

One way to do this is to focus on healthy eating. This doesn’t mean you have to diet or give up all of your favorite foods. Instead, it means ensuring that you’re getting the nutrients your body needs to function at its best. This includes plenty of fresh fruits, colorful vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean protein. And, yes, from time to time, some treats, too. 

You should also focus on staying hydrated. Drinking enough water is the backbone of overall good health regardless of age. Still, it’s even more important as we get older. This is because water is a significant portion of our bodies and, as we age, we tend to lose more than we take in due to bad habits. This can cause dehydration and lead to many health problems.

Ensure you’re drinking enough water by carrying a water bottle with you throughout the day and drinking small sips regularly. Another tip for better hydration is making sure you’re eating foods high in water content. Remember those fruits and vegetables we just mentioned? This is yet another reason to eat plenty of those. 

The other side of this is to practice acceptance regarding natural changes that occur as we age. Some things you can expect are:

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4) Dedicate Time to Things You Love

Time is the most precious commodity we have. We often take it for granted when we’re younger and waste it on things that don’t matter. As we get older, we realize just how valuable it is.

This is why it’s so important to dedicate our time to the things we love. This might include hobbies, activities, people, or causes that are important to us. Whatever it is, make sure you’re spending your time in a way that brings you joy.

One way to do this is to pick up a new hobby. This can be something you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time for. Or it could be something completely new that you’ve always been curious about. Now is the perfect time to explore and find something that you’re passionate about.

Another way to spend your time in a meaningful way is to volunteer. Countless organizations could use your help, whether it’s working with children, the elderly, animals, or the environment. Find something that resonates with you and give back in a way that feels good.

Last, you might want to be more social and simply spend quality time with family and friends, new and old. With more time available to you, thanks to retirement or reduced working schedules, you can now focus on the relationships that matter most.

Meaningful and Lasting Change

These lifestyle changes are important to consider as you approach your 60s. By focusing on your physical and mental health, you can set yourself up for happy and healthy golden years. And, by spending your time wisely, you can make the most of this new chapter in your life. Just remember that the most meaningful and lasting change comes from within. So be sure to take some time for reflection and self-discovery as you move into this new stage of life.

What lifestyle changes have you made as you’ve gotten older? Share your experiences in the comments below.

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