Men over 50 can face a myriad of health concerns if they’re not careful.
Low testosterone levels are one common problem older men face because these levels naturally decline as we age.
Fortunately, there are some things you can do if you’re heading into your golden years and are worried about your health.
Keep reading to find out five things you should be doing if you’re a man over 50 who cares about his health and overall well-being.
Visit Your Doctor
The first thing you need to be doing as a man over 50 is visit your doctor regularly. That means yearly check-ups and doing any other tests your doctor recommends.
If you’ve been feeling run down and have had a lower-than-normal libido, low testosterone levels may be to blame. If that’s the case, your doctor may recommend testosterone replacement therapy to get you feeling normal again.
Eating right could completely change your life. By eating the appropriate amount of food, you can lose excess weight which will leave you feeling happier and healthier.
When you choose a diet plan that works for you, you will have more energy and an improved mood. This is because what you eat affects all of your body’s systems, so you need to pick healthy foods to eat.
Get Enough Sleep
It shouldn’t surprise you that getting enough sleep will have an impact on you. That means not sleeping too much or too little. The average adult needs between seven and eight hours of sleep.
Exactly how much you’ll need will depend on the length of your sleep cycle. The average is 90 minutes. Once you figure out how long yours is, you can calculate how much time you need to get through five every night.
You don’t need to hit the gym every day for hours to be healthy beyond 50. But, you do need to stay active. As your testosterone levels naturally decline, so will your muscle and bone mass.
Exercise will help your body replace muscle mass as it’s lost and can also build up bone mass to prevent osteoporosis. Find things to do that you love, whether it’s hitting the gym, playing a sport, or just walking the dog.
Avoid Excess Alcohol
You probably have already noticed that your body does not tolerate alcohol as well now as it did in your younger years. As your liver ages, it simply doesn’t process alcohol as well which means it can affect you even more.
Enjoy no more than two drinks throughout the day to avoid damaging your body further with alcohol. A drink is either 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.
More Health Tips for Men Over 50
Now you have five things you can start doing today to improve your health if you’re one of many men over 50. By doing all of these things, you’ll start to feel better, be stronger, and can extend your life.
If you want more health tips, be sure to check out the health and fitness section of our blog. There, you can find information on a number of other ways you can live healthier at any age.