2019 is around the corner which means it is a great opportunity for fresh starts.
Setting goals that focus on improving your overall health, both physically and mentally is easy, but if you are passionate about making a change you need to follow through and actually achieve them.
Here are 5 smart and healthy new year resolutions for seniors that are easily achievable with a little effort.
1. Dedicate 10 minutes every day to exercise
The key to healthy aging is staying physically active. Even if you are diagnosed with Diabetes, Arthritis or even Heart diseases these conditions can improve with mild to moderate physical activity.
Exercises using Thera-Band resistive exercise systems provide both positive and negative force on muscles, improving strength, range of motion and cooperation. Thera-band academy recommends this simple Exercise Program for seniors for the new year.
2. Challenge your brain regularly
Giving your brain a regular workout is as crucial as daily physical exercises. Challenging your brain regularly keeps your cognitive skills sharp and reduces your chances of experiencing memory loss.
In the new year make some time to challenge your brain - try Sudoku, crossword puzzles or simply socialising for a quick brain boost. Call up your old your friends to play cards. Did you know that at SHHC we have Giant Low Vision Playing cards for those with low vision. It’s time to deal the cards and revive old friendships in the new year.
3. Update or create your legal documents
The new year is a good reminder to update legal documents and make sure everything is in order. These includes Estate plans, Wills, Testamentary trusts and powers of attorney. Contact an attorney or consider a low-cost technology solution for your assistance. It is important to prepare for your family’s future.
4. Eat healthier
With a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, less fatty meats such as chicken or turkey, heart healthy fish like Salmon or tuna, vow to make smart choices in what you eat.
Add flavor to your cooking by using herbs and spices which also helps to reduce the need to add salts or fat. Also, don’t forget to make healthier dessert options with fruit or dark chocolate.
We often share healthy recipes on our Facebook page. Follow us at Statewide Home Health Care Facebook.
5. Learn to use new technology
Don’t be left behind in a digitally driven world. Becoming a tech savvy senior is fun, exciting and easy. Start your new year by learning how to be safe online, use a digital device, shop online and to use Facebook or video calls to stay connected with friends and family.
Happy holidays and happy 2019! Have a smart and healthy year ahead!