Try these quick tips to make sure you’re maintaining your health as you get older:
1-Minute Tip: Floss your teeth regularly. Flossing will help to remove the plaque and bacteria that builds up between your teeth over time. This will keep your gums healthy and clean, and will also help keep your breath smelling fresh.
5-Minute Tip: Sort through expired products. Check your health products like sunscreen, bug spray, and antiseptics to make sure they are all still within their usable time frame. Expired products won’t be as effective at protecting you and your family’s health. You can also double check any makeup, hair, and skincare products by finding the period-after-opening symbol, which tells you how long they can be used after the product is opened.
15-Minute Tip: Train your brain. There are plenty of brain-healthy activities online that you can use to help keep your memory sharp. If online activities aren’t your thing, you can stimulate your brain the old-fashioned way with crossword puzzles, sudoku or by simply reading a book.
30-Minute Tip: Hone your balance. It’s normal to experience declining balance over time. Luckily, there are at-home exercises you can do to noticeably improve your balance and coordination in just a few weeks. Read last month’s Honing Your Balancing Act article for a list of balance-related exercises that you can try.
This article first appeared in the September 2019 edition of the HealthPerks newsletter.