Turning 50 is a big deal, not only for the milestone but also from a health standpoint. Getting your body the help it needs is essential in prolonging your life. When you’ve reached this point in your life, some things are either not worth your time anymore or, for the sake of your health, you should avoid at all costs.
1. Skip Routine Tests
Do not skip any routine appointments from your 50s and on, such as a doctor’s checkup or dentist appointment. These checkups and preventative tests are the best way to prolong your life. A crucial example would be a colonoscopy when you first turn 50; plenty of people avoid this screening for uncomfortable reasons, but this is vital to your health.
2. Poor Sleep Quality
As much as we all love sleep, it is highly vital when it comes to your health. Inadequate sleep has been linked to weight gain, cancer, and even depression. Additionally, while sleeping, your body will repair things such as cellular damage and muscle soreness and re-calibrate your metabolism, which will help you lose weight.
3. Avoid the Gym
Every single part of the gym could be helpful in reaching a goal, such as losing weight, wanting to build muscle, or just staying in good health. Consistently going to the gym and lifting weights has been linked to increasing bone density, which can help later in life when injuries could have serious side effects. The variety at the gym makes it accessible for anyone to start at any time.
4. Put Your Mental Health Aside
Putting your mental health aside may be the worst thing you could do for yourself. Even people who never experienced depression or anxiety when they were younger could struggle with them as they age. Laughter is vital to mental health; it enhances your oxygen intake and stimulates your heart, lungs, and muscles.
5. Jell-O Shots
Save yourself the embarrassment of trying to fit in with the younger generation. Jell-O shots may be a hard-to-tell indicator of whether you are getting too drunk, so it may be better to stick to traditional drinks. Along with that, the sugar within these is very unnecessary as well.
6. Over Restrict Your Diet
Many people believe they either know how to live a healthy lifestyle or think they already live a healthy lifestyle. In an effort to get or stay healthy, many people mistakenly cut out lots of food that may be essential to the human body, especially at an older age. Some of these foods include eggs, red meat, and high-fat dairy.
7. Not Wearing Earplugs
Your ears hold tiny hair fibers that assist with hearing, and those hairs can be permanently damaged by hearing loud noises over time. Wearing earplugs around loud noises and events will lower the risk of hearing loss early on and help preserve those fibers, and might be the only way to protect your ears in the long run.
8. Not Living in the Moment
While it may be sad to hear time is ticking, worrying about something in the future is an enormous waste of time. Living in the moment and appreciating what you have while you have it is a great way to stay stress-free and have more fun since you are only focused on what is in front of you. Studies show that living in the moment will improve your overall focus and help your working memory.
9. Wearing Designer Clothing
Wearing clothing to follow trends will not make you look any better than you do. It may not affect you physically, but your wallet will hurt after visiting a designer store. Put the money towards a vacation or something you’ve looked forward to rather than some clothes you buy to fit in with the crowd.
10. Caring What Others Think
Caring about what other people think is one of the last things you should do. People who take time out of their day to make sure someone else is satisfied can find it hard to find time to make themselves happy. No one should get under your skin; if you want to dye your hair blue, go ahead!
A hazardous activity, this requires a broad skill set that includes running, climbing, and even rolling. Significantly few people above the age of 50 can successfully pull something like this off without serious injury; those that can have typically trained for years. And if you do attempt parkour, make sure you have mastered skills like swinging, vaulting, and even walking on your hands and feet.
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