Did you know September is also Healthy Aging Month? As we each celebrate a new birthday, we are aging. As the decades’ progress, we must remember how our bodies will change. Our minds will feel the impacts, too. Today, we’re talking about ways to enjoy the journey.
Dr. Anant Joshi at Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC works with patients of all ages, including senior citizens. He has a few suggestions on ways to improve lifestyle habits. The changes today can make a difference tomorrow. We encourage you to keep reading along if you think it’s too late.
Here are three ways to age well:
More moving, less sitting
Who says you have to stop exercising after your 50th birthday? That’s a myth. As podiatrists, we continue to encourage our patients to exercise. Many low-impact exercises are gentle on the joints but get the job done. Have you considered water aerobics, for example? If you or an older loved one has gotten too comfortable on the couch, it’s time to make a change. If you are looking for a starting point, aim for 20-30 minutes of movement per day.
More maintenance, less skipping appointments
Please don’t skip doctor’s appointments. We understand it can feel like there is a doctor’s visit every week, but these appointments are often for regular check-ins. Remember that early detection offers the best opportunity for treatment. Whether you have a podiatry or an eye appointment, keep the date on your calendar. We encourage you to bring a friend or schedule a fun lunch after your appointments.
More healthy food, fewer artificial choices
Enjoy your water, eat fruits and veggies, and stay away from artificial food choices. It’s true – what you eat will affect your body. That includes your feet. Aim to have more color on your plate and avoids high-cholesterol choices and food with processed sugars. If you have questions about making the right food choices, we’re here to help. We can connect you with a nutritionist or another resource in the community.
At Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC, Dr. Anant Joshi treats various conditions, including Achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains, athlete’s foot, complications from diabetes, fractures, fungal toenails, and more. He also performs foot and ankle surgery. He is a board-certified podiatrist in Woodland Park, NJ. Contact the office at 973-256-0002.