Like most people, you've probably heard that physical activity and exercise are good for you. In fact, being physically active on a regular basis is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. Studies have shown that exercise provides many health benefits and that older adults can gain a lot by staying physically active. Even moderate exercise and physical activity can improve the health of people who are frail or who have diseases that accompany aging.
We love the good old summer time but sometimes the heat is unbearable. Here are some tips to follow when the temperature (85 degrees and above) and humidity are high: Drink plenty of cool beverages. Increase fluid intake in hot weather, regardless of physical activity. Avoid extremely cold liquids because they can cause cramps. Also avoid fluids that contain large amounts of sugar because they can cause the body to lose fluid. In addition, avoid coffee, tea and alcohol. Eat regular meals. Wear lightweight clothing and rest frequently. If possible, remain indoors in the heat of the day and avoid strenuous activity. Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath. Use fans to stay cool or seek an air-conditioned environment. If you don’t have access to air conditioning at home, visit an air-conditioned public place, such as a store, library or a senior center. Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight and apply sunscreen when outdoors. Wear a hat and sunglasses.
Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. Nutrients include proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water. Studies show that a good diet in your later years reduces your risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart diseases and certain cancers. As you age, you might need less energy. But you still need just as many of the nutrients in food.