As we age our body endures far more wear and tear and this happens to us all no matter how healthy we might be. There are few people who will get old without experiencing any aches and pains, but if you take good care of your body, you should be able to minimize the amount of discomfort, illness and injury you experience, especially if you pay even greater attention to the following body parts which are even more sensitive to aging than most:
Taking good care of your joints, and especially your knees which work so hard for you for so long is essential when you’re young and even more so when you get older because cartilage wears away and becomes thin and brittle over time, as does the connective tissue found in your joints. This can make them stiffer and more likely to be injured. Luckily, exercising regularly, choosing low-impact activities if possible, is a great way to take care of your joints and minimize any danger.
I think we all know just how important toothcare is. From the moment we grow our first baby teeth, our parents drill it into us that we must brush and floss regularly if we want our teeth to grow and remain strong and healthy. Again, this is even more vital when we age because the more we use our teeth, the more likely they are to be damaged and who wants to end up wearing dentures or having gaps in their smile when they don’t have to? Brush twice daily with an electric toothbrush, floss at least once every day or two and cut down on the sugars and sodas that do so much damage and you can expect to still have your own teeth when you’re 80, don’t and it’s unlikely.
As we get older, most of us will notice a gradual decline in our hearing, and for most of us that decline will be minor, However, there are some of us who will experience it much more severely and need to have hearing aids so we can hear if we can hear at all. If you want to be one of the people with few hearing issues as you age, limit the volume at which you listen to music, wear ear defenders when you’re going to be exposed to very loud noises, and see an ear doctor regularly.
As we age, our cognitive functions are likely to deteriorate, but we do have some say in how much that happens. If you stay active, regularly do crossword puzzles or take classes to keep your mind engaged, and eat a healthy diet, there is every chance that you will be almost as sharp in your twilight years as you are now. If you isolate yourself, do very little to engage your mind and eat a diet of junk, well you may have greater cognitive impairment as you age.
Exercise, eat well, stay on top of your personal hygiene and dow hatever you can to protect your body and you are going to be in much better shape as you age than your peers who don’t take this stuff seriously!