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As we get older, it becomes far more important to take care of ourselves. Health and wellness are always worth devoting time and energy to, but they become absolutely vital once you cross the age 50 mark. This week, we take a look at some of the common health issues that men face as they enter middle age and beyond, as well as tips on how to avoid or alleviate their signs and symptoms.
 
Joint trouble is one of the first things to sneak up on a man once he gets into his 50s, and anyone who suffered ligament tears or fractures at a younger age is more susceptible. Overuse injuries, poor form during workouts, and osteoarthritis are other leading causes. One of the best ways to keep fit without unduly straining your joints is to ride a bike. An Arcadia University report found that cycling for 25 minutes three times per week improved pain relief.
 
25 minutes three times per week improved pain relief 
 
As men age, minerals in the bone begin to be depleted faster than they can be replaced. In fact, this process begins at 35 but only shows its effects after 15 or 20 years. Combined with other issues such as joint pain, it could be a real problem. The solution: stress! Putting weight on unbroken bones actually makes them stronger. And while swimming is often advised for those suffering from osteoarthritis or recovering from injury, it’s not the way to go when you’re still fit. Opt for walks and jogs while you still can. Calcium also becomes more important, so fill up on 1,200 milligrams a day.
 
Without movement and activity, your spine can become tighter along with your pelvic muscles. A weaker core means your knees and lower back need to take on weight that they shouldn’t, which is why they hurt so much if you’re prone to a sedentary lifestyle. Foam rolls and core workouts are the best ways to fight this menace. The former loosens up muscles around the torso and pelvic region, while exercises that require you to train the abdominal and back muscles will improve balance and strength in equal measure.
 
  the average male body will be 54% water rather than the 61% average of younger men
 
Once you enter your late 50s, your body begins a process of drying out. By the time he reaches his 80s, the average male body will be 54% water rather than the 61% average of younger men. Sweat glands disappear, and while this may seem like a boon that manifests itself through reduced body odour, you will be more prone to issues like overheating and sunstroke. The only way to counter this is by drinking more fluids to keep the body hydrated. If you find your task made tougher by the body’s confusing tendency to decrease thirst when it’s most required, add lemon and mint to your water to make it a bit more palatable.
 
Men everywhere are on a constant journey to shed flab and lose weight. And while it’s always easier to do this when you’re younger, older gentlemen still compete in fitness competitions. However, there are changes that come as you get older. The body seems to start dropping fat by itself, but you may also lose muscle mass – as much as 35% of your younger self’s muscle between 50 and 80. Lifting weights is the only way to stop this. Go heavy to retain mass and improve bulk, alternating with weeks where you lift light but more often to maintain those gains.
 
Eating a balanced diet low in carbohydrates, exercising regularly 
 
Unfortunately, men who are entering their 50s may find that their sex lives aren’t as great as they used to be. A lack of energy, reduced libido, decreased endurance, mood changes and lower virility are all too common issues. Eating a balanced diet low in carbohydrates, exercising regularly (combining resistance training with cardiovascular movement), and abstaining from smoking and drinking will go a long way to help alleviate these problems. But if all else fails, consulting a professional can often be very helpful. Science has given us medication that can allow a man to enjoy a healthy sex life well into his 70s and even 80s!                                             ..... Ashwin