Good Health

Most people in their fifties and sixties find that they can't physically do all of the things that they did in their twenties and thirties. Unless they are physically active on a regular basis, they sometimes end up with sore or strained muscles, if they overdo it. That doesn't mean that you shouldn’t exercise, but keep in mind that your body is a precious physical resource: become familiar with the warranty and read the small print in the instruction manual.

Whether or not you need maintenance, you should regularly take your body in for a check-up. People do this with their cars, so why not their bodies? Having a check-up once a year, will help ensure that you'll make it to retirement, and be able to enjoy years of energetic and trouble-free living. One of the most important steps is to ensure you have a good family doctor, one who has your confidence and who is familiar with your medical history.

Exercise is important. Studies have shown that those who exercise regularly retain more of their bone structure than those who don't. Exercise is extremely important to your physical posture, particularly as you age. There are many exercise programs available. The key is being comfortable with the exercise program you select. It should result in a body that doesn't ache or groan when you use it.

Diet and nutrition are important too. Exercise and proper food intake help you avoid weight problems. If your weight is over 110% of the recommended weight for your body type, height and age, you should do something about it. How many 80-year-old overweight people do you know?

People differ in the number of calories that they need to sustain a given weight. Very simply, if you take in more than your body needs, you add weight. To lose one pound (or kilogram) you must either consume fewer calories or do physical activity to burn calories off. Naturally, it would be prudent to do both.

With a varied menu and the food mix available in Canada, people generally get all or most of the vitamins and minerals that are needed to meet their bodily functions and protect them from physical or mental disease. A daily multiple vitamin or mineral pill is not harmful. However, there are some vitamins and minerals that, if taken in excess, can be harmful. If you’re in doubt, speak with your doctor.