Top Tips to Improve Your Health as a Senior – Guest Blog by Virginia Cunningham
Taking steps to be healthy is important at every age, but as you age, it becomes increasingly important. As the body gets on in years, it naturally wants to start slowing down, which can result in several health issues. Your best offense is always a good defense, and this is particularly true when it comes to your health and well being.
In order to battle the effects of time, without letting it get the best of you, keeping fit and healthy needs to be a top priority. And hey, while you may not be in your senior years yet, it’s never a bad idea to keep yourself in the best possible physical shape–starting now will make you that much more fit when you do reach those golden years.
Need some tips to improve your health as you age? Here are some simple, yet really effective suggestions:
It’s no secret that being physically active is one of the cornerstones of staying physically fit. Being active at any age is important, but as you get older, an active lifestyle provides you with a number of benefits. Things like dexterity, flexibility, and keeping weight gain in check, as well as keeping the mind active are all added benefits of exercise.
While you may not find running a long distance marathon something that you can–or even want–to do, there are several ways that you can keep physically active in your older years. Heading to the gym and making use of the machines there is always an option, however, if that isn’t your cup of tea, try a number of the following activities:
· Jogging, even at a slow pace
· Playing tennis, Frisbee, softball, bowling, or any other physical game
Eating right may be just as important as getting enough physical exercise. While burgers and fries may have gotten the better of you in your formative years, try being a little bit more conscious with your diet as you age. Fill your diet with healthy foods, like colorful fruits and veggies, legumes, dairy products, proteins, and the like.
You remember learning about eating a well-balanced diet, and if you’re a mom, you’ve probably tried drilling good eating habits into your children. Well, you should be recalling what you have learned and practice what you preach. Sure, a burger and fries once in a while is alright, but your regular diet should be full of nutrient rich foods.
What’s that word? Relaxation? Has it been a long time since you have uttered that word, much less even tried to experience what it means? While your life may be extremely hectic, if you want to remain fit and healthy, it’s time to relax a little. Clear a spot on your calendar at least once a week to devote to some relaxation time for yourself.
Take a hot bath, curl up on the couch and read a book while sipping some tea, or head to the spa to get a massage. Relaxation is imperative to a healthy lifestyle. Without it, you’ll become nothing more than a ball of stress, and overtime, stress really takes a toll on your health and well-being.
So, what are you waiting for? While you may want to avoid thinking about it, you will reach senior status eventually. It may not be tomorrow or next year, but it will happen one day, and although you can’t avoid aging, you can certainly lessen its effects by putting these tips into practice.
Virginia Cunningham is a freelance writer in Southern California. While not having reached her senior years yet, she tries to practice these habits regularly, to stay healthy and fit. As a health writer, she often contributes to the Presidio Home Care blog.