By guest author Karen Weeks
Health doesn’t have to be complicated. Too often, taking care of yourself is presented as an all-or-nothing situation. The reality is simpler and far more powerful: Small steps can add up to big results. This is especially good news for seniors who want to savor their retirement and not spend every minute worried about what they are or aren’t doing. Read on for some small but mighty ways seniors can keep their health in check.
Asking for Help
One of the most powerful things you can do for yourself is to recognize and ask for help when you need it. Pride can be a good thing, but it can also get in the way of doing what’s best. There’s no shame in advocating for yourself and getting assistance when you need it.
This can be as simple as asking a friend or family member to help you carry in the groceries. Help can also be more involved. For example, you may want to speak to a doctor or social security representative about Medicare. Or, if you feel like you’re struggling to take full care of yourself on your own, it may be wise to consider an assisted living facility.
Assisted living facilities come in a gamut of shapes and styles, so researching your options online can help you find a situation that’s right for you, but before you settle, be sure to visit in-person. There is a little something for everyone, whether you enjoy strolling gardens, daily outings, or time with a pet. As an example, A Place for Mom partners with 50 assisted living communities in Little Rock alone, with all different price points, care types, and amenities. By getting the help you need, you can ensure you live as healthily and happily as possible.
Regular exercise is important at any age, but it gets even more important during your golden years. The CDC explains slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of serious injury in seniors. One of the very best ways to prevent these kinds of accidents is by keeping your balance and dexterity up through exercise.
This doesn’t have to be an intense workout. Simply taking a 30-minute walk around the neighborhood every day will make a massive difference. This simple act can decrease your chances of developing major heart problems, muscular issues, and dementia, among others.
Not only does exercise keep you physically healthy, Psychology Today explains that it has a huge impact on your mental health, as well. Studies have shown that regular exercise reduces rates and intensity of depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. By getting out and staying active, you’ll keep your mind and body in great shape.
If you have difficulty staying motivated to exercise on your own, consider asking a friend to work out with you. You can also join a group fitness class. By adding a social aspect to exercise, you increase your likelihood of enjoying what you do – and therefore, your likelihood of sticking with it.
It can feel like there are new rules for eating every week, but a few simple guidelines will do the trick for most people. Make sure you’re hitting the basics. If every meal includes some kind of protein, some form of fat, and a plant, you’re probably on track.
Your doctor may recommend more specific guidelines depending on your situation. For example, if you’re diabetic, you may need to be choosier about what kinds of carbs you eat. Or, you may need to include a daily multivitamin to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need. Follow your medical guidelines, and focus on simple, wholesome recipes. For instance, pan-fried tilapia and stuffed peppers are filling, delicious, and nutritious, and suit most diet plans.
Caring for your health needs to be a consistent process and cannot be made or broken by a single moment. You’ll go off track at some point, but go easy on yourself. Do your best to take small, regular steps toward improving your health, and you’re sure to see results.
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