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Age-Related Health Problems and Sensible Solutions

By Genevieve Cunningham

Age tends to creep up on us rather unexpectedly. It's not that we don't know we're getting older because, of course, we do! But the effects don't show up all at once. It seems like one day we're young and wrinkle-free, and then suddenly, everything hurts and we're tired all the time. The good news is that we can get ourselves -- both body and mind -- prepared for the inevitable process of aging. If you've noticed the aging process catching up with you, take a look at these common age related health problems plus some tips for feeling better starting today.

Pain and Stiffness

As we get older, we tend to lose flexibility. We lose a little bit of our range of motion. It probably seems normal when you can't reach your toes or when you're stiff getting out of the bed. But is it normal? Or is it just common? The truth is that pain and stiffness can come about because of aging, but they absolutely don't have to make all the rules in your life. It might be common to lose flexibility and movement with age, but it's not necessary. The solution? Start exercising and stretching right now, and don't lose the habit as the years go by. 

Insomnia

Everyone has trouble sleeping from time to time. We either can't fall asleep or we can't stay asleep, but either way, it greatly affects our ability to be productive. Is this a simple side effect of aging? It can certainly show up as we get older, but it's not necessarily a direct consequence. More likely, there's something in our lifestyle that is preventing sleep. The solution? Take a good look at your routines. Wake up on time, go to bed on time, exercise daily, and wind yourself down before you crawl into bed. 

Stress

If you're an adult, you're definitely not going to escape stress. It comes with the territory. Too much stress can add years to your life -- as in, you look and feel years older than you are! But we don't have to let stress win. The solution? We have to learn to manage it. Use coping techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, exercise, and similar habits to keep your stress under control. As the stress wanes, you'll likely feel stronger, younger, and better able to tackle the world as it comes. 

Getting older is hard. It's wanted and appreciated, but it comes with some tough situations. If these problems are present in your life, use the tips provided to manage your health and improve your life starting today and lasting through each year that passes. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Folsom, Calif.

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