New Year’s Day is fast approaching and makes a great opportunity for older adults to begin the year with positive changes that will improve their physical and mental health. Whether you wish to engage in more social activities or add some physical fitness to your routine, the new year is a great time to get going. Below are some ideas you might wish to incorporate into your New Year's resolution list.
New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors
Take A Daily Walk
Give yourself 15 to 20 minutes a day to go out and take a daily walk. Doing this provides you with a lot of health benefits. Walking keeps you active, and staying active helps older adults to reduce high blood pressure, lower their risk of diabetes, and reduce their chances of heart disease, according to AmericanTrails.org. Your independent living community might even offer a walking club that you can join with friends which will help you stay social while keeping active and healthy.
There are a number of feel-good activities that an independent living community has to offer whether it is taking part in various educational, recreational or social programs or hopping on their courtesy transportation to enjoy the various organized excursions available. The great thing about your independent living community is that it offers so much opportunity for you to enjoy life enriching, social activities.
Senior nutrition is important. To ensure you are eating healthy, consume a minimum of 5 servings of vegetables and fruits in your daily diet. Include beans, nuts, or legumes and choose foods that are rich in fiber like brown rice, whole grain bread or whole grain pasta. Eat turkey and chicken to lower your fat intake or consider heart-healthy fish such as shrimp, salmon, or tuna. Don't forget about Vitamin D and calcium which keeps your bones strong.
Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms are a great way to stay in touch with family and friends. You can share pictures, send updates on your current activities, and even rekindle those friendships you had before you moved into your independent living community.
Keep in mind that although New Year’s resolutions are a good thing, you have to make them attainable. Don't be tempted to set huge resolutions that could be too difficult to stick with. Instead, make smaller ones like hitting the treadmill every morning or joining in on the community's social activities. Then celebrate the small wins and enjoy the benefits they bring.