5 Tips for men on aging well

Diet and Fitness


You're going to get older. What can happen to your body as you age? You might be thinking about your prostate. And, let's face it, that hair on your head is not going to grow back. But these changes – and aging – are inevitable. What's not inevitable, though, is incontinence. Incontinence is not a normal part of aging. Changes that occur as we age may contribute to incontinence, but incontinence can be treated, managed, or even cured. Manage your incontinence so that it won't interfere with the life that you want to live.

While you're managing your incontinence, you should also take other steps to age well and healthily. Here are 5 tips:

  1. Stay connected. Social interaction is very important in aging well and has a positive effect on general well-being and on how you cope with changes in life. Older adults can live longer, healthier lives by staying socially connected. So stay connected to others: get the guys together for a poker night, sign up for group guitar lessons, and throw a party (especially great during BBQ season)! Stay connected with family, too - grab dinner with the kids and grandkids, or use digital tools like Zoom and Facetime to connect like never before.
  2. Exercise regularly. Physical activity can benefit you physically, mentally, and socially. Exercising also helps you reach a healthy weight, which is important because a healthy weight reduces symptoms of incontinence. You should aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every week, in intervals of at least 10 minutes. Try brisk walking or swimming. If you've always wanted to run a marathon - there's no better time to start training than now! Falls are the major cause of injuries among older adults in Canada. Improve your strength, balance, and flexibility through activities such as weight-lifting and yoga to help reduce the risk of falls.
  3. Eat healthy. As we age, we require fewer calories but more nutrients to promote and protect our health. Healthy eating reduces the risk for chronic disease, and contributes to independence and quality of life. Start eating healthy today: give a pass on that salt shaker, choose a salad over fries, and have at least one or two fruits as your afternoon snack. Limit yourself to a maximum of 2 drinks per week and no more than 2 drinks per occasion to reduce your risk of alcohol-related harm.
  4. Quit smoking and avoid second-hand smoke. Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke is linked to many chronic diseases (e.g., heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, lung cancer) and problems such as erectile dysfunction. It's also linked to disability and decreased mobility. The good news is that it's never too late to quit. Quitting smoking can improve your quality of life and longevity, and reduce the risk of disease.
  5. See your doctor regularly. Men are more likely than women to put off seeing the doctor. But your body is not invulnerable to disease. So don't put off that doctor's checkup. A checkup can help detect problems early, and in general, the earlier problems are caught, the more likely you are to have better outcomes.

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