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Healthy and Fit Beyond 55

As we age, our bodies go through changes, and we need to modify our lifestyle for healthy aging. A healthy diet and regular physical exercise are essential to good health at any age. Making lifestyle choices could prevent some health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, and even some cancers.


· Select high-fiber foods like whole-grain breads and cereals, beans, unsalted nuts and seeds, deeply colored vegetables (like green beans), and fruits.

· Avoid fried foods. Choose broiled, grilled, or boiled options instead.

· Drink vitamin D-fortified low-fat milk; milk products; or nondairy soy, almond, rice, or other drinks with added vitamin D and calcium to help keep your bones strong as you age.

· Drink fluids throughout the day. You may feel less thirsty as you get older, but your body needs fluids to stay healthy and keep you regular.

Always consult your health care professional prior to altering your diet or beginning a physical fitness routine. Strive to be active! Plan physical activities that you enjoy and can do on your own, with a friend, or supportive group of peers. Stay connected with family, friends, and your community. That way, you can live young and feel great at any age!

By: Brendan Skeen

55 Fitness

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