4 Health Mistakes Women Over 50 Make
1. Thinking Balance Training Isn't Important
You may think 50's are too young to concern yourself with balance training. Not true. You're never too young to begin working on balance.
Here's a simple test...stand on one foot with your eyes closed. If you can't stand 10-30 seconds on each foot, balance work is in order. I did this recently and was surprised to learn my balance was not great.
Regular balance exercises greatly reduce the risk of falls. Improvements in reaction times, more strength, and even increased cognitive function are all benefits of better balance.
2. Losing Our Sense Of Purpose And Positivity
Purpose provides structure to our lives. Having purpose doesn't mean we have to change the world, it's more finding joy and fulfillment in our day-to-day activities. Having purpose in life is described as having a sense of meaning and direction, and a feeling that life is worth living.
Studies show having “purpose” later in life slows cognitive decline by about 30 percent. Other studies show “purpose” reduces your risk of heart failure, Alzheimer’s disease, and leads to a healthier lifestyle and longer life.
3. Not Knowing You Are Vitamin Deficient
If you have a lack of necessary vitamins and minerals in your system it can lead to a variety of health complications.
Low levels of Vitamin D in a woman over 50 can drastically impact our physical and mental well-being.
Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency can include muscle weakness, pain, fatigue and depression. To get enough Vitamin D, look to certain foods, supplements, and carefully planned sunlight (with sunscreen on your face of course :-).
We recently learned my husband is Iron deficient. This leads him to be short of breath after a short walk (post knee surgery). It could also cause him to faint.
Extreme fatigue can be due to a lack of Iron. Headaches, dizziness, and feeling weak too. A simple blood test can detect vitamin deficiencies. Be sure to have blood work done once a year.
4. Ignoring Your Mental Health
It's common for women to experience depression during perimenopausal years, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. This is partially to do with all the hormonal changes occurring in the body. Symptoms of perimenopausal depression can include struggling with irritability, anxiety, and sadness during the menopause transition.
Stay proactive about your mental health! If you start feeling unusually down, talk to friends and family about it and seek professional help. Depression isn't normal and it shouldn't be something you just live with.
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