Healthy Aging Tips for Seniors
Our older years can be some of our most rewarding. You’re more confident, wiser, and you hopefully can look back at your earlier years with satisfaction.
But our bodies and minds are not permanent. It can be difficult to maintain good physical and mental health with age, yet these are the important to enjoying life in our later years.
It’s not impossible to stay healthy, though. Maintain your health as you grow older by following these tips.
Eat a Healthy Diet
The other side of health and fitness is the food you eat. A healthy diet helps you maintain a healthy weight, boost your energy levels, strengthen your immune system, and minimize inflammation, to name a few benefits.
Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and some lean meats. Minimize your intake of sweets, highly-processed foods, and salty foods.
With those in mind, everyone’s dietary needs vary – talk to your doctor about what you should be eating to stay healthy.
Get Adequate Sleep
Sleep is one of our most critical bodily functions – during sleep, our body heals and restores itself to prepare for the next day.
Without enough quality sleep, you can experience depression, memory problems, irritability, and an increased risk of falling.
Set a regular bedtime schedule and routine. Create a sleep-friendly bedroom by keeping it dark and quiet.
About an hour before bedtime, turn off all electronics and minimize your exposure to blue light. Avoid caffeine and other stimulants later in the day.
Get Regular Exercise
Regular exercise is the secret to staying healthy and independent as you age. By exercising, you can strengthen your muscles and bones, reduce pain, and give yourself more energy. Exercise also lowers your risk for various diseases like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and dementia.
Find a fun way to incorporate strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and balance training into your routine. Whether it’s walking, biking, sports, weight lifting, or yoga, find something that you like so that you’ll stick with it. Try to find an exercise partner, too – they can make your workouts more fun as well as hold you accountable.
As always, talk to your doctor before starting a new workout routine.
Stimulate Your Brain
Some cognitive decline is completely natural during aging. However, stimulating your brain can slow this decline down and keep your mind sharp and present.
Like exercising your body, give your brain regular “exercise” by challenging your mind every day. Read books, pick up a musical instrument, express yourself through writing, learn a new language, or sign up for a local college class.
Reduce Your Stress
Chronic stress can wreak havoc on your body. Too much stress can contribute to depression, memory loss, fatigue, and it can even weaken your immune system.
Now, stress isn’t exactly easy to eliminate from your life. However, you can learn good coping strategies for stress. Learn to accept and let go of things you can’t control. Talk through your stress with a counselor or loved one.
Lastly, when you’re stressed, make sure to keep eating healthy, exercising, and sleeping. These can reduce stress and keep you healthy.
Start and Grow Relationships
Humans are social creatures. Yet as we age, we can easily become isolated from others due to retirement, grief from the loss of a spouse, and health problems.
Thus, it’s of the utmost importance that you cultivate your relationships with others. Schedule a regular time and activity at which to meet up with family members or friends, such as coffee, lunch, a hobby, or even your exercise.
On top of that, reach out to friends and acquaintances that you think might be isolated. Your effort to reach out will mean the world to them.