If you’re over the age of 30, then you know you’re getting older. If you’re over the age of 40, then you know you’re going to be getting older the rest of your life. However, that doesn’t mean your health has to fail as you age. There are people in their 70s who can lift weights better than folks half their age, and even people in older generations running races and occasional marathons.

The right kinds of preventative care can add years to your life, as well as enhance the quality of those years. Keep reading to learn 10 specific kinds of preventative care that you should practice to enrich your life.

1) Caring for your skin: Nothing is going to show your age more than your skin, so preventative care for it now can mean looking a decade or two younger later. Even if you don’t, you can be a smooth-skinned beauty proud of how you look in the mirror.

2) Keep up with the dentist: Visit every six months like you’re supposed to and you can be chewing your 90th birthday cake with your own teeth. Stick with the flossing, rinsing, and brushing too in order to prevent tooth and gum decay or spreading disease into your body.

3) Cardio exercise: Even if it doesn’t keep your weight down as much as you’d like, you’ll maintain your metabolism and good vigor, as well as prevent heart disease that kills so many millions.

4) Stretching exercises: Yoga, tai chi, pilates…you have many choices. Staying limber reduces pain and prevents age-related injuries and soreness.

5) Muscle-building exercises: You don’t have to bulk up much in order to keep the testosterone flowing, and that’s actually important for both genders. Keeping lean muscle tissue helps you burn fat and protect your bones and joints in your older years.

6) Diet: Eat clean when you can, but remember this covers everything that you ingest, be it alcohol or drugs. Everything you put inside yourself becomes you, and some of it is there forever.

7) See your doctor: An annual physical is the single-most step in successful preventative care just because it’s a chance for a medical professional to identify things that need to be addressed and dealt with.

8) Maintain the right insurance: Having a sufficient umbrella of medical, vision, and dental insurance is good in keeping your preventative care affordable, as well as making sure you can deal with things as they arise.

9) Talk to a professional: Don’t forget to take care of your mind. See a counselor or psychiatrist regularly in order to keep your head clear and balanced.

10) Talk with those you love or like: Keep a robust circle of friends and family. Relationships mean companionship and comfort in any stage of life.

The right commitment to preventative care won’t just keep your health in good shape and your body looking good, it can actually save you a lot of money. Citizens in their senior years sometimes spend up to a million lifetime dollars on medical care, but those who prevented many things spend far less, meaning they have more to spend while also having more ambulatory years to enjoy life too. Practicing these 10 kinds of preventative care means you can join those ranks!

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