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Lately, every publication that comments on eating healthy foods stresses the importance of eating organic fruits and vegetables. Granted the arguments for eating organic foods are very strong the question can be asked is this true in the case of all fruits and vegetables. Might it be possible to find some common, popular fruits and vegetables that are very healthy, but not necessarily organic? This possibility is very important to seniors who are concerned about their senior health, but who are watching the cost of food as a large part of their budgets, because organic foods are generally considerably more expensive than non-organic foods.
It turns out that there is some good news for seniors who are concerned about taking preemptive aging steps to foster their senior health. A number of fruits and vegetables qualify as healthy, because they are not covered with harmful pesticide residue. Seniors can eat these fruits and vegetables in place of organic ones and use the money they save to buy the other vegetables and fruits in the organic category. Among the vegetables that qualify as healthy in the non-organic category are: Sweet corn, sweet peas, asparagus, cabbage, eggplant and sweet potatoes. The fruits that meet the healthy criteria are honeydew melon, watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, avocado, and kiwifruit. Seniors can afford to eat non-organic fruits and vegetables from the above lists and foster their senior health.
Although contact sports are clearly off limits, there are a number of games that can be played well into middle age and beyond. Tennis, for example, is often touted as a heart-healthy pastime that is one of many cardiovascular activities for seniors. A good doubles match can help you maintain your competitive edge while also indulging your social side. But don’t forget about one of the most important aspects of a solid tennis technique: flexibility.
It takes a considerable degree of flexibility to reach low volley and hit fast-paced serves. As such, you need to give your joints a high-quality workout, just as you would your heart and lungs. By incorporating some yoga flexibility training into your everyday fitness regimen, you can ensure that you’re in great shape when it comes time to hit the court.
It’s been sad to watch as so many of my old friends begin to suffer from serious health problems. Although sometimes those conditions are caused by genetic factors, I can’t help but think that a lot of it has to do with one’s lifestyle decisions. I made a vow when I turned 50 that I would live long enough to watch my grandchildren grow up and maybe even get married.
That meant staying in shape, of course. I do stretches each morning to stay limber, and I swim and play tennis more often now than I ever have in my life. The key has been to stick with low-impact exercises that are easy on the hips. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve placed more importance on cardiovascular health, as well. By working my heart and keeping my cholesterol down, I honestly believe I’ve added years to my life.