By Dr. Gerd Mueller, Chairman & MD, AktivOrtho™
There is nothing like ageing gracefully. With a right combination of exercise and a healthy lifestyle most of us should be able to live active and independent lives well into our retirement. All over the world you see older people living life to the full – realising dreams that they may have put off when they were working due to their professional commitments. Retirement gives us the perfect opportunity to do the things that we’ve always wanted to do. Do not let avoidable health issues stop you! Retirement is not a signal to stop exercising. The key is to find what works for you and what you enjoy. It is vital to take care of your physical and mental well-being and exercise has been proven to help fight depression, as well as keeping you fit and mentally alert. In our maturer years we can be more vulnerable to various conditions such as diabetes or hypertension, some of these can be avoided or managed through sensible lifestyle choices.
Get active: At AktivOrtho we have designed special programs for our maturer patients. Our AktivSeniors™program helps older people achieve or maintain greater physical independence, confidence and vitality. If you are embarking on a new exercise program, it is very important to do so in a safe, medically supervised environment to avoid injury. It is best to work with trainers or therapists who you can trust and who constantly monitor your progress so that they can motivate you to achieve your full potential. A strong body will help you remain active and confident.
Get social: Family and social support is crucial for your happiness, so keep yourself engaged.Play with your grandchildren, join a social group to meet like-minded people, make new friends and keep up with your old friends by doing things together. A group exercise class is a good way of seeing friends regularly. You are far more likely to attend it regularly if it’s fun.
AktivOrtho recently launched the AktivSupport™Group to offer our maturer patients a common platform where they can share their experiences and knowledge to benefit each other. It also gives them the opportunity to ask for advice from our expert panel of doctors, nutritionists and physiotherapists.
Watch your diet: It is good at any age to be careful about one’s food and to eat sensibly. This is equally important in later years. Try to have 3 wholesome meals a day. Each meal should include a highbiological value protein like any one of these: eggs, legumes, mushrooms, nuts, milk, cheese, meat, etc. It should also include adequate amount of wholegrains, vegetables, fruit and essential fatty acids. It is also very important to keep yourself well hydrated. Drink sufficient water. It helps to flush away toxins and keeps your metabolism healthy.
Metabolic balance®, the German weight management program exclusive to AktivOrtho in India, can help you with individualized diet plans to prevent or manage lifestyle diseases.