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After 60, give up these "unhealthy" habits.

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By Shashini ThennakoonPublished 2 years ago 3 min read
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It's time to let go of certain negative habits and embrace a lively, meaningful life if you want to live a happy, healthy, and thriving life well into your 60s and beyond. "Leading a life of purpose not only feels good and meaningful existentially," says Carol D. Ryff, Ph.D, "but it might also be an area of great potential where intervention research and public health education initiatives could help to enhanced health of our ever-growing elderly population." According to experts, there are five things you should not do in your 60s. Continue reading—and don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID to guarantee your health and the health of others.

1 Don't Allow Your Weight to Increase.

Obesity is associated to a number of severe health concerns regardless of age, but being overweight after the age of 60 can result in a much reduced quality of life and a loss of independence. "Physical function of the upper and lower extremities, as well as the ability to perform activities of daily living, are important indicators of health among older adults," says Dr. Rahul Malhotra, Head of Research at the Center for Aging Research and Education and Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School's Health Services and Systems Research Programme.

2 For a Healthy Brain, Eat a Healthy Diet

For a healthy aging diet, now is the time to limit junk food and concentrate on a nutritious, well-balanced diet. "While we can never guarantee dementia prevention, we do know that people who eat more in line with the Mediterranean or MIND diets – for example, lower saturated fats, more fruits and vegetables, and fewer processed foods – have better cognitive or thinking outcomes as they age," says Jessica Caldwell, Ph.D.

3 Don't Abuse Alcohol

"We've seen a significant increase in the number of people needing evaluation for liver transplants—at least here in our facility because our team does those evaluations," says Alna A. Balasanova, MD, director of addiction psychiatry education and co-director of the University of Nebraska Medical Center's addiction psychiatry consultation-liaison service in Omaha. "You can definitely get liver disease and eventually need a transplant if you don't take care of it. "Alcohol-related liver disease is a primary cause of transplant need," she continued, stressing that excessive drinking might "also have an impact on your heart." Cardiomyopathy and high blood pressure can occur, which increases your risk of stroke."

4 Don't Get More and More Sedentary

Retirement should not be used as an excuse to live a sedentary lifestyle; instead, use the extra time to engage in active new hobbies and exercise on a regular basis. "The fitter and more active you are, the longer you will live and the less heart problems you will have," says Dr. Aaron Baggish, a cardiologist and fitness expert. "I always remind people that the first thing they can do is be aware of their decision to move or not move. They should try to move around as much as possible. Simply choosing to take the stairs rather than the elevator or walking through an airport rather than taking the moving walkway can add exercise to your day."

5 Don't Smoke

Smoking is harmful to your health, but quitting is never too late. "The longer a person refrains from using any tobacco product, the healthier they will become," explains Katelin Hartigan, LMHC. "When people quit smoking after the age of 60, their health improves and their mortality decreases. Smoking cessation benefits older persons by slowing the progression of respiratory illness and improving lung function. Dementia will be prevented and cognitive impairment will be reduced in older persons. In fact, quitting smoking lowers your risk of dying from any of the leading causes of death! Improved safety, quality, and length of life is a clear benefit and one of the most significant."

6 Ways to Stay Safe While Traveling

Get vaccinated or boost your vaccinations as soon as possible; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear a N95 face mask, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you aren't sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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