Many people say that their senior years are the best time of their lives. The kids left the nest, you’re getting a nice retirement check every month and you have all the free time in the world to pursue your hobbies and relax! So, don’t let doctors and health issues ruin your best years and take care of your health. Here’s a little guide to healthy and happy aging.
Eat like a boss
As you age, it gets a lot harder to maintain that effortlessly-good figure. Your metabolism will slow down and store more fat, and it can be difficult to get rid of it. So, pay special attention to what you eat! Ditch the junk food and welcome more fruit and veggies into your diet. Sure, you can still have some sweets and snacks, but eat them in moderation. Sugary drinks and snacks like chips are empty calories you really don’t need.
Getting regular physical activity is one of the key elements of staying healthy and strong as you age. This will not only keep you looking fit, but also lower the risk of heart issues, stroke, diabetes and even cancer. Of course, you’re not expected to run a marathon or spend hours in the gym lifting weights. A few bodyweight exercises and some moderate cardio three times a week (swimming, walking or elliptical) is all you need.
Loneliness and depression are not only mentally exhausting, but can also cause all sorts of physical issues like cardiovascular disease and stroke. So, make sure to stay in touch with your friends and family, even if they live far away. Today, we have phones, Skype and all sort of social networks that are easy and practical to use. Another great way for seniors to stay social, especially if they have complex needs, is to move to a modern aged care community like NewDirection Care with plenty of like-minded people, fun activities and well-trained staff that’s always ready to help! There, seniors can feel like they belong and play an important role in a community, which can do wonders for their self-esteem and overall health.
Catch some sun
Many older people have a vitamin D deficiency without even knowing it, even though it’s connected to bone problems, cardiovascular issues, cognitive impairment and even cancer. To prevent it, make sure to go out and catch at least 15 to 20 minutes of sun every day. It’s going to do your body and mind a lot of good, but remember to wear sunscreen to protect yourself. There are also foods that contain vitamin D like fish and eggs, and if you have a serious deficiency you can ask your doctor to recommend you some supplements.
Take sleep seriously
As we get older, we often start experiencing sleep issues. Unfortunately, not many people take these problems seriously, even though lack of sleep can cause mood swings, lethargy and haziness. However, by establishing a good bedtime routine, going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, and limiting naps, you can normalize your sleep. A nice cup of warm milk or chamomile tea can also help!
Be best friends with your doctor
Avoiding your regular doctor’s appointments is a huge mistake! Your doctor can catch all health issues in their early stages, give you the right medication and spare you a lot of pain and serious health complications. Also, they can make your life so much easier by getting you prescription glasses or a hearing aid should you need it.
If you keep your body and mind strong, healthy and sharp, you’ll get to enjoy your senior years and have a fun, happy and peaceful retirement!