New Year, New You—Easy Health Tips for Seniors To Start 2019 Off Right
The new year is right around the corner, which for many of us means it is time for those New Year’s resolutions. Resolutions are hard not only because they are difficult to stick with, but because they require you to make a major change in your life and how you are doing things each and every day.
However, if you choose the right resolutions and take the right approach to really sticking with your new plan for the new year—they can change your life for the better. Any senior out there who is looking for some healthy new resolutions for the upcoming year can start seeing some really positive changes in their overall health and well-being if they are just willing to make the effort.
If you want to be inspired by some new healthy resolutions for 2019 here are a few tips to help you get started.
- Starting a new exercise regimen. Starting to exercise doesn’t have to be difficult, it can be fun. For seniors, finding the right form of exercise is all about finding something you enjoy and something that will keep you active. Perhaps it is squash or golf. Many senior centers and retirement communities have fitness classes designed for seniors that can also be a fun social activity. Worried about arthritis and joint pain? Swimming and water aerobics are great options—you just need to find something that works for you so that you actually stick with it.
- Improve your balance. Falls are the number one reason that seniors end up in the emergency room and they can have a serious impact on their health. Many seniors end up hospitalized or worse because of a fall—so in 2019, why not make a resolution to improve your balance? This is a great way to prevent falls. Strengthen your muscles, consider balance ball exercises, and take the time to do a fall-risk assessment to help with prevention—they can all help you make sure you aren’t falling in the new year.
- Take care of your mental health. Being healthy is about more than eating right and exercising. This year, make a resolution to boost your brain and give it the “workout” it requires. If you are able to keep your brain stimulated, it will only improve your brain function and improve your memory. Plus, exercising your brain is easy, you just need to do one brain boosting activity every day. This can be word games, puzzles, Sodoku, or playing a musical instrument.
Sure, they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks—but that doesn’t have to be true! There is no better time than the present to change your bad habits, adopt new healthy ones and make some great resolutions that will change your life for the better in 2019 and beyond.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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