Staying Healthy and Active as a Senior

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It’s a fact of life that our health takes a decline as we get older. But that doesn’t mean that we have to give in to “Father Time” and accept diminishing health as just something to deal with.

Instead, seniors need to stay healthy and active for as long as possible so they can fight the gradual decline of aging. The main problem is that as we get older, we have less energy, which leads to inactivity, which leads to poor health, which leads to having less energy. This turns into an endless cycle.

If you want to break that chain, here are some tips on how to stay active:

Don’t let retirement end your work—Many of us look forward to that beautiful day when we can retire. But statistics show that many retirees have a sharp decline in health immediately afterward. The problem is that work gave you a purpose, a reason to get up in the morning. Keep that purpose going by finding something else to work on. This can be home projects, volunteering, or a part-time job. If you stay active, you will hold back the decline in your health.

Travel—If you don’t want to take on another job (and who does), then travel can be that activity that keeps your mind and body going. There are many tour groups for senior citizens that hit local, national, and international tourist destinations so that you can see the places you’ve always dreamed of.

Diet and Exercise—You’re probably tired of hearing this, but good diet and exercise go hand-in-hand and are even more important as a senior. With diet, cut back on fats and artificial sweeteners and eat more naturally enriching foods. This includes lots of lean protein (especially fish), leafy green vegetables (spinach is amazing), whole grains, and milk/dairy (especially for women to prevent bone decay). With exercise, you should try to get in at least 30 minutes a day. It may seem cliché but join a group of friends and walk around the mall together. This gives you a chance to be social and get in a workout.

 

In order to beat back time and decreasing health, it is important to set daily goals for yourself. This should be in the areas of work, exercise, diet, and socialization. All of these combined will help you stay healthy into your golden years.

 


 

 

 

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