These pro tips can help optimize well-being right now because we will, after all, never be any younger.
There’s no shame in getting older; it happens to the best of us. And in spite of what some advertisers may say, there is no way to turn back the clock or reverse the process. There is no anti-aging anything. Even Cher couldn’t find a way to turn back time and she wrote a whole song about it.
Perhaps, rather than fighting our age, we can use some tried-and-true methods, plus new tools like genetic testing, to improve our health. Here are some pro tips to help optimize well-being right now because we will, after all, never be any younger.
The 30s – These are some busy years. You may be working hard to establish yourself in your career. You may have children. There are probably a lot of demands on your time, but it’s important to create some healthy habits to take with you into later years. This is a good time to build a relationship with a primary care doctor who can run standard tests to establish a baseline for your health. It’s helpful to manage your diet to maintain a proper weight and get plenty of sleep. And, of course, the importance of regular exercise is well documented.
“Exercise is good for everything,” Joe Upton, M.D. and the medical director of the Age Management Center at PRO Medical, says. “It’s good for blood flow to the brain, and a healthy brain will reduce the chances of cognitive decline or dementia. It’s also good for muscle tone, the heart, and blood vessels. There’s mountains of evidence on the health benefits of exercise, and yet, it’s hard to fit it into our busy modern lifestyles. If I could put all the health benefits of exercise into a capsule, boy, I would be famous and wealthy and retired and we’d have a lot of healthy people in the world.”
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The 40s – People are living longer than ever before. Today we are likely to live to be an average of 10 years older than our parents. Starting good habits early helps make the most of those years.
In your 40s, it’s time to get serious about sleep. Establish consistent times to go to bed and wake up. Regular exercise can help the quality and quantity of your sleep. Also, commit to eat healthy food and drink plenty of water. Healthy snacks with more protein may be required if you increase your exercise. If you don’t already have one, choose a daily sunscreen and moisturizer that works for your skin to make sure you minimize your risk of skin cancer and wrinkles.
The 50s – All the stuff we already went over… Yes, do those things, too. Regular exercise is especially important in your 50s to reduce your risk of osteoporosis. Also, be sure to continue challenging your mind. This can be with complex work, crosswords, debates, playing cards, chess, joining a book club, etc. Make sure you’re getting regular physical exams and all recommended tests and screenings.
The 60s – It’s time to start thinking about retirement if you haven’t already. As always, you should eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep. You should also take care of your heart by making sure your blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight are all in the normal range.
The 70s and up – This is where all those good choices made earlier really pay off. It’s important in these later years to stay connected to friends and family. Keep your mind and body active by volunteering in the community, joining a club, or taking up a new hobby. Walking is a great way to improve your health. Be sure to seek treatment for any emotional trauma that may come with the loss of family members and friends.
When we take steps to actively improve health and everyday well-being, we move from being reactionary to preventative.
“We have a disease-based model of health care as opposed to a wellness model,” Upton says. “We need to ask how we can stay well. Health care is not just about extending life, but improving quality of life – we want health span. Regardless of age, we should all consider foundational things that we can do and probably do better.”
There are no magic bullets or even beads, pearls or serums that will make us younger than we actually are. There’s only the evidence and logic of taking care of your body with plenty of exercise, healthy food and rest that will not only extend the quantity of your days but the quality as well.
PRO Medical physicians, geneticists and health professionals use breakthrough gene science to translate your unique genetic blueprint into actionable programs that are personalized to your body’s specific needs.