We all get older and expect some changes to occur in our bodies as we do. Not all changes that are brushed off as “normal aging” actually are though. In fact, there are many changes that people pass off as normal that are actually signs from the body that’s it’s time to do something different to avoid problems down the road.
In many cases, the so-called signs of aging are actually the body’s way of saying it is time to change diet, get more active and even learn how to manage personal stress a bit better. The signs to watch out for that are not “normal” and don’t have to go along with getting older include:
• Consistent annual weight gain – Most people expect to gain weight as they get older. Expecting it is one thing; accepting it another. Consistent annual gains are not necessarily normal. They actually signal a need to get more active, eat better and take better care. There’s no reason to accept weight gain with aging as a fact that cannot be changed.
• Lessening of breath – Walking up a flight of stairs, taking a long walk, playing with kids and other activities that didn’t wind you when you were younger, should not wind you now. If you’re having trouble on this front, it’s time to make some positive changes. Getting more active can make a big difference and prevent problems later.
• Loss of flexibility – Flexibility issues often go along with aging, but they are not normal. The body can remain very flexible even well into advanced years if stretching and exercise stay a part of the routine.
• Increase in blood pressure – This is a serious sign that it is time to change the daily routine. Blood pressure increases are not a normal part of aging and they can be rather dangerous if left unchecked. Changing diet and becoming more physically active can help stop this problem before it becomes a serious issue.
• Increases in stress – Everyone deals with stress in their daily lives. Increases, however, are not normal parts of aging. Stress is a silent killer that can be battled effectively with a few minor changes in routine. Exercising, eating healthy, getting enough sleep and even learning how to meditate can stop this problem in its tracks. While stress will never go away, its impacts can be curtailed when the right measures are taken.
While some changes are expected with aging, many of the “symptoms” are actually signs that people should not ignore. When the right actions are taken, health can be improved and those nagging signs just might go away. Ask the professionals at your gym or work with a personal trainer to devise a plan to stay on top of the signs.