The new year is here, a perfect opportunity to reevaluate the way you live and make some healthy changes to your life. New year’s resolutions are a way for you to improve your lifestyle and for seniors it is a way to ensure that the later chapters of your life are spent living healthy and happily.
New year’s resolutions don’t have to be too hard, they don’t have to be a complete deviation from your current way of life. Doing something simple like eating more vegetables or trying to go on a walk a few times a week can be all it takes.
Coming up with resolutions may be difficult, but creating a plan and sticking to it can be very rewarding and can provide a sense of accomplishment. Here are a few resolutions that can help you live a healthier and maybe even happier life.
Change in Diet
As we age, our bodies dietary needs change. For example, seniors generally need fewer calories and more nutrients and vitamins. Obtaining nutrients and being sure you’re getting the daily recommendations things like potassium, calcium, Vitamin D and B12, and fiber are important for overall health, especially for seniors. Implementing a full-blown dietary change isn’t necessary. You can continue to eat the things you like, just being sure to get these specific vitamins and nutrients in your diet is just a good goal to set for yourself.
Eating healthier can help keep your body healthier, not only with weight management, but it can reduce the risk of chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Similarly, eating well can help to manage chronic diseases if you already have one.
Some foods that you should try to incorporate in your diet in order to meet some of the nutrient and vitamin goals include:
- Vegetables, especially dark green veggies like leafy greens and broccoli and orange vegetables like carrots
- A variety of proteins, including fish, nuts, and beans
- Whole-grain foods like cereals, breads, rice, and pasta
- Low-fat or fat-free dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese
Making sure to drink water instead of sugary drinks is another way to make a healthy change to your diet. Implementing a few of these changes into your diet is a good goal that you can set for yourself, and it is measurable. Visiting your doctor and checking your weight is a good way to track progress when it comes to making dietary changes.
Along with creating a healthy diet, exercise is a great way to manage weight, improve physical and mental health, and to maintain energy levels.
It is recommended that adults at any age exercise at moderate intensity for 150 minutes each week, and being active at least 3 days is a good goal to set. Thinking about meeting that goal may be hard for some, however, just trying to be more active and making attempts to exercise more often can be a good way to reach that goal. Exercise, like many other things, is more likely to stick if you start slow rather than diving headfirst.
Most exercises for seniors are divided into four categories: flexibility, balance, endurance, and strength. There are a number of exercises that you can incorporate into your daily schedule, all of which will help to improve your physical health, and can actually go a long way in improving your mental health. A few exercises that you can participate in to get started include:
- Walking, or even a slow jog
- Tai Chi
- Balance exercises like standing on one foot and heel-to-toe walks
- Weight training if your body can handle it
Making a simple resolution like walking a couple times a week or going to the gym a few times can help you stay healthy. Similarly, creating a more ambitious goal like losing some weight or running a certain distance is a good way to create an achievable goal that you can work toward all year.
Not all resolutions have to be work, some can be fun. Traveling and staying active as we age is a good way to continue to live a fun and exciting lifestyle. Travel doesn’t have to be across the globe to a different county, it can be if you are looking to experience different cultures, cuisines, and people. But traveling can be as simple as going across the country, or even the state, to visit a landmark or visit family that you haven’t seen in awhile.
Visiting family is an easier resolution that you can set for yourself, however, if you are feeling more adventurous, creating a goal to visit a different state, or even a country that you’ve never been to, is a good way to keep you excited about the upcoming year. Traveling is a good way to get out of your comfort zone and try something new, something that should be sought after each and every year.
As the new year gets in full swing, creating a few goals for yourself that can help to improve physical and mental health, and maybe help uplift your mood, is a good way to stay excited for the future. There are a number of resolutions that you can set for yourself this new year, small things like eating more vegetables or going on a walk a few times a week is a good start, but if you are looking for a more difficult goal, you can always set a weight goal for yourself or choose to visit a different state or country to experience a new culture. Regardless of what you end up doing, setting a goal for yourself and achieving that goal is a good way to stay motivated, healthy, and happy during 2019. Working on these goals, like exercise and diet changes may be difficult if you’re living independently, it may be beneficial to look into hiring a caregiver or moving into an assisted living facility. At Landmark Senior Living, out staff has the tools and staff that you or your loved one requires to live a peaceful and happy life. If you are interested or would like more information and a walk through of one of our independent living facilities, please contact our admission staff today.