Cultivating Healthy Habits as a Senior

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Helping Seniors Cultivate Healthy Habits

As we age, it’s vitally important that we do our best to keep ourselves healthy. When our loved ones begin to show the signs of age, they may need extra support in order to fulfill their wellness goals. That’s when you can step in and help them continue a good quality of life as they age!

Not only do healthy habits prove beneficial for us, but they are beneficial for seniors too. Living a healthy lifestyle complete with exercise, good nutrition, and knowing proper ways to manage mental health can all go a long way into helping your senior loved one reach and maintain their health and wellness potential.

Whether you’re searching for yourself, or for ways to help an aging loved one, we’ve got some tips to help keep you and your loved ones healthy and stay on a path to wellness.

By fostering health and independence, you’re doing yourself or your loved a HUGE favor!

  • Let yourself or your loved one “be a beginner.” A major reason people may fail at keeping themselves healthy or in attaining their goals is because they expect so much from themselves. They don’t let themselves fail or be a beginner at something and simply give up.

Regardless of age, there is always something to learn and goals to be reached. In order to be successful in health and wellness, start with small, attainable steps in the right direction and you will see improvement.

  • Encourage yourself or your loved one to pick healthy food choices. Regardless of age, many people tend to gravitate to the easiest, most reliable source of food to eat. Unfortunately, many “quick and convenient” meals and snacks tend to be highly processed and loaded with sugar and additives.

By purchasing convenient snacks and meals, and putting them in the fridge or cabinets right in front of your face, you are setting yourself up to fail. You will likely reach for the first thing you see when you’re hungry. If the first thing you see is unhealthy, that’s what you’ll probably eat. Repeated consumption of that food will eventually have a negative impact on your health so be mindful of what you eat. If you buy a healthy snack such as fruit or a bag of tree nuts, and set it on the counter, you’re more likely to reach for that healthy choice!

  • Promote brain and mental health by keeping yourself or your loved one engaged by choosing stimulating activities and seeking out opportunities to socialize with others. Attending a lecture or participating in a group activity that interests you, such as a book club or art class, can help you feel more connected to others while also promoting the health of your brain, memory and mental wellness.

As the old saying goes, “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” Many people unfortunately get in their own way and allow themselves to become isolated and stagnate, diminishing their quality of life and hurting their wellness in the long run.

Stay engaged, and we promise it will make you feel younger!

If you would like some more tips on how to cultivate healthy habits as you or loved one ages, we recommend you check out the link here and here.