No one wants illness or aching body parts holding them back. Getting proper nutrition and exercise ensures a gentle aging process rather than a harsh reality check. Keep your meals nutritious, muscles strong, and social circles growing with these nine health and wellness tips.
Stay Fresh with Your Food
Eating a nutritious, well-balanced diet is key to keeping your body healthy and energized. Cut out junk food and reduce excess calories by eating eat low-fat, low cholesterol, and fiber rich foods. To reduce the risk of cancer, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases:
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients like vitamin A and C. To ensure you get all your necessary nutrients, eat a variety of fruits and focus on dark vegetables like broccoli, kale, and leafy greens.
- Take a daily dose of fish oil. Include omega-3 fatty acids in your daily diet. Get your daily omega-3 naturally from eating fish or as a supplement. Fish oil is rich with omega-3 and is proven to reduce risk of heart disease.
- Choose low-fat foods. Unsaturated and low-fat foods not only help you lose weight but also reduce the risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Avoid trans and saturated fats. They raise cholesterol and increase risk of heart disease.
Stay Active with Your Groove
In your senior years, staying active is more important than ever. We become more susceptible to serious injuries and illness the older we get. Regular exercise improves your memory and prevents strokes. Below are a few ways for you to stay active:
- Go for a daily walks. Daily walks increase your cardiovascular fitness and strength. Walking prolongs life expectancy, reduces risk of developing high blood pressure, and increases muscle strength. Plus, you get to enjoy the fresh air.
- Enhance your in-home gym. Want to up your exercise routine from walking, but don’t want to join a gym? Try a home workout system. One of Modern Senior Magazine’s favorite workout systems is the Nustep®. The Nustep is a recumbent cross trainer that’s loved by seniors and trainers alike.
- Swim in the pool. Nothing is more refreshing than taking a dip in the pool on a warm day. Swimming is easy on the joints and strengthens your muscles. Your increased strength and flexibility will improve your balance and reduce your risk of a dangerous fall.
Stay Social with Your People
Social engagement in your community is an important part of maintaining mental health. Sadly, this is overlooked and leads to depression and dementia in many cases. Socializing prevents these disorders by maintaining your emotional well-being and improving cognitive function.
Here are three ways to get more involved with your community:
- Volunteer. Devoting time to your community leads to a new sense of purpose and accomplishment. Not only will you feel more involved, you will also be contributing to an important cause that you believe in.
- Join a club or group. Golf, gardening, and book clubs are an enjoyable way to meet new people and share experiences together. Nurture passion for your hobbies and spend time with other like-minded people.
- Take a class. Learn something new while collaborating with your classmates. Taking classes keeps your mind sharp and allows you to meet new people who also enjoy learning.
Share Your Greatness with the World
We can’t prevent aging, but we can prepare for it. The benefits of eating healthy and staying active both physically and socially are far reaching. Whether it’s joining a club, working out on your Nustep, or cutting out the unnecessary calories, every little step counts.
Don’t let aging bring you down. Stay healthy, stay active, and you will have a long, happy life.