As a senior, you have much to look forward to after retirement and time to do what you want to do most. By taking good care of yourself, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle well into your golden years. September is “Healthy Aging Month,” the perfect time to take stock of your life and see if there are ways you can change it for the better. It’s never too late to “reinvent” yourself to live a healthier and happier lifestyle. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
A positive mindset will enable you to face difficulties that arise without getting down in the dumps. It will help you find solutions to problems rather than complaining about them. Make it a habit to smile more and look on the bright side of life. Surround yourself with positive, happy people, and it will rub off on you.
An active lifestyle will help you stay healthy and fit in your senior years. Take brisk walks with a friend, play sports or join an aerobics or dancing class. If you want to improve your balance and agility, start practicing yoga or tai chi. Daily exercise reduces stress, keeps you in shape and promotes healthy aging.
You may find yourself alone in retirement, but you don’t have to be lonely. If you’re battling loneliness, take action. Invite friends for lunch or a game night. Volunteer your time. Take a class (or two) in your local community college. Spend time with the grandkids, travel, take part in social functions and make new friends to share your life with.
Get Regular Health Checkups
As you grow older, it’s even more important to get annual checkups and screenings to see how you’re doing health-wise. Through annual checkups, your doctor can catch problems early on, making them easier to treat in the long run.
Tantalize your taste buds with new cuisines that are good for your health. Experiment with new dishes or add different herbs and spices to your diet. Be sure to balance your meals with hearty portions of fresh fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet. Depending on your weight, you may need to downsize portions to avoid health problems.
Get Enough Sleep
Be sure you’re getting quality sleep time at night and sufficient rest during the day if you have to. Your body needs rest for strength and recuperation.
Bolster Brain Power
Many people equate aging with slowing down and doing as little physical activity as possible. Lethargy, however, could lead to loss of physical and mental capacities. Staying active will bolster your brain power to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. You can boost your memory by reading, conversing with others, playing games, learning new skills or partaking of other activities that engage your mind on a regular basis.
For help or companionship to live the lifestyle you want in your senior years, call us at Sunny Days In-Home Care at 724-260-5186 today.