If you ask a person what the most important ingredients for a happy retirement are, he/she would definitely answer good health and a sound banking account balance. If we have a good amount of money but not good health, the money will be spent on medical bills. Therefore, the most important thing you need to have during your retirement is good health.
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It is a fact that the risks of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease increase as we age. Therefore, in addition to saving money for your retirement, you should also take steps to make your retirement years healthy and disease free. Here are a few tips that can help you plan for a healthy retirement:
Keep cholesterol under control
A healthy cholesterol level should not be more than 200mg/dL. Medical experts suggest that any person over 20 years of age should get his or her blood tested regularly for checking cholesterol levels.
Smoking is directly dangerous for the heart. It raises your blood pressure and damages your blood vessels. It promotes fatty plaque build-up in your arteries and reduces good cholesterol levels in your blood. It increases the risks of blood clotting and starves your heart of oxygen. Therefore, if you smoke, quit as soon as possible.
Keep a check on your blood sugar
Keep your blood sugar level checked and maintain it at a normal level. Higher sugar levels in your blood can indicate that you are heading towards diabetes, which can ultimately lead to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease and many other health related complications.
Keep your body weight under check
Eat high fiber foods like vegetables, fruits, legumes, oatmeal, and whole grains. Avoid fad diets. Other healthy foods include egg whites, chicken, barley, brown rice, whole grain bread, baked fish, and low-fat yogurt etc. Obesity can lead to several health related problems, including blood pressure and diabetes.
If you have never exercised in your life, start developing a habit of exercising and get adjusted to it by your retirement age. Talk to your doctor about which exercises are suitable for your body requirements and age.
Problems in life keep coming and going. Try to stay away from unnecessary stress, as it may lead to depression and may ultimately impact your health in a negative way.
By following these tips, you can plan to have a healthy and happy retirement.