Whether you are searching for ways to set your own goals for the upcoming year or supporting the people you care about to think about their year ahead, here are some easy and practical new year’s resolution ideas to live your best life in 2020!
Revisit an old hobby
Do you think back with fond memories to when ou enjoyed attending a local art class or got together with friends to play bridge?
Creating a new year's resolution that allows you to reconnect with some of your old hobbies and skills can be valuable for senior citizens. These types of activities can reduce social isolation and boredom as well as create unique experiences that can be shared with family and friends.
Exercising, Stay Fit!
Incorporating exercise into your daily or weekly activity is important for both physical and emotional wellbeing. Depending on your level of physical fitness, even walking for 10-15 minutes each day provides a great opportunity to get fresh air, move your body and stay healthy.
If required, having appropriate ankle or knee braces can also help stabilise your joints to avoid injury.
A pedometer can also be a great way to create goals for added motivation and gradually increase our step count every week.
Look After Your Health
Although an apple a day should keep the doctor away, a better way to avoid getting sick is to visit the doctor for regular check-ups. Look after your health by scheduling a yearly checkup - a great way to stay on track and ensure any necessary preventative measures are in place.
Catch up with old friends. Be Social!
There is something so special about reconnecting with old friends. The feeling of sharing memories of events that happened years ago that feel like they happened yesterday.
Why not set your new year's resolution to reconnect with these people? Visit some of the old restaurants that you enjoyed or spend time walking along the beach reminiscing about the past.
If you need a helping hand to get out more set walkers, walking sticks or mobility scooters can help you explore new cafes or neighbourhoods with more safety and comfort.
While eating healthy can be an important new year's resolution for someone at any point in their life, it becomes a particularly important new year's resolution for seniors.
Eating vitamin-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables, lean protein, nuts and seeds can help keep bones strong and skin looking clear and healthy. Once these nutritious items are purchased, using a variety of kitchen aids can help to make food preparation easier and quicker.
Spend time with grandchildren
The final new year’s resolution idea for seniors is to focus on spending time with grandchildren. Whether they are school-aged and off for the summer, or older, having longer days and warmer weather is a perfect time to enjoy spending quality time with family.
If you struggle to find things to do with your grandchildren, why not share your life story or work together to research the family tree. These types of experiences become invaluable memories as your grandchildren grow up and will prove to be a great topic of conversation and bonding with their own children one day.
Research has shown that it takes about 66 days for a new behaviour to become automatic. while this means that the first two months of creating new year's resolutions for seniors, will be the most difficult; by the beginning of March, new habits should feel more natural and easier to continue. so hang in there!
Above all, enjoy every moment and make sure you live your best life in the year 2020.
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!