With each exciting and passing decade we enter a new stage of life, full of its own unique discoveries, challenges and priorities to be aware of in order to make sure our bodies and minds can keep going strong well into our 60s, 70s and beyond. Here are 5 things you should be doing at 50 — and if you haven't started, then begin today.
Put down the alcohol and pick up some weights.
As we age, excess alcohol can contribute to belly fat and a much slower metabolism. Instead of reaching for an extra glass of wine, grab a set of dumbbells and believe in yourself. Fitness is key and strength training becomes even more important after your 50th birthday! Strength training benefits include an increased metabolism and reduced heart disease as well as a reduced risk of diabetes. At 50, everyone should begin making adjustments to their diet, if you haven't already. Drink plenty of water BEFORE your meals, not during or after. Eat 70% water content foods - a salad at EVERY meal. Eat organic as much as possible. Drastically reduce or eliminate processed fats and drastically reduce or eliminate dairy products.
Get screened for colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. among men and women combined, claiming more than 50,000 lives each year. Through early detection, nine out of 10 people survive as opposed to only one in 10 if the cancer is caught in the latest stage. Remember, you are only as healthy as your colon is.
Make an appointment with a periodontist.
Often an oversight as we age is oral healthcare. Research has shown a link between gum disease and a variety of health problems, from diabetes and autoimmune conditions to cardiac disease among others. The mouth is a gateway to total body wellness. Keeping your mouth and gums clean is imperative for maintaining overall health, and keeping your teeth shiny and bright forever.
Let’s chat about sex.
Many people will tell you that sex after 50 is as good as it was before 50. (if not better, for some!) Just because you’re older doesn’t mean the chances of pregnancy or contracting an STD are not possible. While fertility starts to decline in the 30s for women and the 40s for men, conceiving a child can still happen later in life. According to the Centers for Disease Control, cases of syphilis and chlamydia in adults aged 45-64 have been on the rise in recent years. Be responsible! Use a condom!
Refine your skincare routine.
No matter how much you took care of your skin in your 20s, 30s, and 40s, in your 50s, you’ll likely start to notice some fine lines and wrinkles. There are three simple products you can use to minimize age related skin changes: sunscreen, a high-quality moisturizer and a gentle cleanser. While the cleanser, which you should use routinely before bedtime, will remove the grime that accumulated throughout the day, the moisturizer will replenish the moisture your skin begins to lose as you age. Also consider using a retinoid (or retinol), the gold standard anti-aging cream and a topical antioxidant serum to brighten your complexion.
The Ageless Generation in numbers:
96% of 40-plus women don’t feel middle-aged
80% feel that society’s assumptions about middle-aged women do not represent their lives
67% consider themselves to be in their prime of life
84% say they don’t define themselves by their age
91% don’t believe advertisers understand them