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2. Wind down before bed
If you struggle with having enough energy, it can boil down to sleep. Sleep disorders are prevalent among older adults as sleep patterns change and central aspects of lifestyle are
altered. Try to develop a routine before bed. Limit the amount of screen time you have and participate in relaxing hobbies that will help you wind down.
3. Leave the house a couple times a day
Studies have shown that simply leaving the house each day is linked to longevity. Sometimes the air inside a house can be more polluted than the air outdoors, so try leaving the house a couple of times a day.
4. Eat at least one healthy meal a day
Research has shown that eating a diet which is low in sugar and sodium can promote healthy aging at a cellular level. Start by eating at least one healthy meal a day. It can be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s easier if your mealtimes are the same each day so you know what to expect and can get into the habit. Include fruits and vegetables on your plate.
5. Spend some time reading
Reading a little bit each day can help reduce stress and strengthen memory. Reading as therapy can be very effective and help you escape reality for a little while. It’s also an opportunity to dive into books you’ve heard about but have never taken the time to read.
6. Do exercises you enjoy
You’ve heard all the data on how exercise is good for you, but it can feel like a chore instead of something that will genuinely improve your life. Finding ways to make exercise enjoyable is a vital part of getting into a regular habit. If you don’t like running, you can walk instead. You can join a yoga studio or work out from home by using online videos. Go at your own pace and just enjoy it.
7. Make time for friends
The National Institute on Aging suggests a positive association between socializing and overall health. Humans have always needed each other, which is why it’s just as important to socialize as it is to exercise and eat healthy. Reach out to friends and loved ones and spend a little bit of time with them. In-person contact can go a long way.
Improving quality of life is becoming easier as technology creates tools that can monitor our health in real time. You can use technology to meet people with similar interests, track your fitness and eating habits, read books, or meditate. There are many easy and safe ways to get healthier. The trick is to start with small improvements.
Jason Lewis is passionate about helping seniors stay healthy and injury-free. He created StrongWell to share his tips on senior fitness
Brent Tibbetts (Me)