6 Healthy New Years Resolutions For The Elderly
It’s that time of year again, a time where we all want to be our best selves. We may have indulged a little too heavily over Christmas and are ready for a healthy kick starter into 2022. We’re here to help you with a few tips on how to make 2022 one of your healthiest and happiest year yet.
We will share more on how to focus in on achievable goals to help boost your health and quality of life. Even small daily changes or adjustments can have a big impact on your health!
Here are our 6 ways you can help yourself feel good and age well:
Welcome More Nutrient Dense Foods
The elderly actually need fewer calories, but just as many nutrients. This is why it’s important to focus in on eating more:
- Nutrient rich vegetables like dark leafy greens, cauliflower, bell peppers etc.
- Whole grains such as brown rice, oatmeal and popcorn
- Lean meats and poultry
- Nuts, seeds and beans
While you may be eating less and consuming less calories, you are eating a good balance of the right foods and keeping your body happy and healthy.
Let’s Get Physical
Physical activity is important for the elderly. It keeps our hearts pumping, joints limber and mind happy. Although it may seem daunting now to leave the comfort of the couch, you’ll be happy you did.
As we age, older adults can benefit from 4 different types of activity on a regular basis. These include:
- Aerobic activities which are also know as cardio/endurance. Try going for a brisk walk or a bike ride
- Physical activity to strengthen your muscles such as an exercise class where you use weights and exercise bands
- Activities to help improve your balance like practicing to stand on one foot or to stand from a seated position
- Activities to help increase flexibility like yoga and Tichi
Challenge Your Mind
Challenging your brain to learn something new is a great way to keep your brain healthy. Lifelong learning can help yo build a strong cognitive reserve which in turn helps with the ability to cope with stress and challenges.
Great ways to learn is through:
- Reading & book clubs
- Taking up a new hobby
- Going back to school
- Working on puzzles/brain teasers
After the last 2 years we’ve all had with covid and lockdowns, staying connected has never been more important. Social engagement and participation are crucial for the elderly. These are linked to better mental and overall health.
In fact, being able to connect with loved ones and friends can help lower the risk of depression. So why not pop the kettle on and enjoy a cuppa and a chat with a friend today?
Lend a Helping Hand
Working at Uccello for me is great because I know my work is helping to make people’s lives easier. I see our customers feedback and read their stories and it always touches my heart to know that I had a small hand in making them feel safer and more confident.
The same can be said lending a hand and helping others. Carrying out a selfless act can help improve your health by reducing stress and depression. It helps keep you physically, mentally and socially active too.
Have a Laugh
One of my favourite new years resolutions to focus on each year is to laugh more and focus on true happiness. Did you know that humor, or a smile, can make you feel good even in difficult times.
Laughter really is the best medicine. It strengthens your immune system, lifts your mood, eases pain and can lower stress according to Harvard Health.
There you have it, 6 of our top tips to help you focus on a healthier lifestyle this year. Please do feel free to leave a comment below on tips you would like to share too.