The golden years are the years that follow retirement. It's the time of your life when you can travel, relax and enjoy each day. In order to make the most of these great years, you'll need to stay healthy. You don't have to be incredibly fit to stay healthy. However, there are a few tips to follow that can help keep you golden for those golden years.
It's important to exercise. Seniors need to incorporate both cardio and strength training into their exercise plans. A brisk walk each evening, lifting light weights or practicing yoga are great ways to get your blood flowing and keep your muscles strong. Avoid pushing yourself too far or over-exhausting your body.
For tips on working out for seniors, check out our blog post: Creating a Safe Exercise Routine for Seniors.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Try to consume lean meats, fruits, veggies and whole grains daily. Since fish is loaded with omega 3 fatty acids known to help with brain function, it's an excellent meal option. Try to incorporate these super foods into your diet. As long as you don't have any dietary restrictions, you can still enjoy your favorite meals or tasty treats in moderation.
Many seniors struggle with dehydration. As we age, our body's ability to conserve water is reduced. In addition, our sense of thirst also diminishes. It's especially important to consume plenty of fluids throughout the day. You need about 64 ounces of fluid each day, with that amount potentially increasing if you live in a hotter climate or have certain medical conditions.
You don't necessarily have to drink water to get the necessary amount of fluids. You can eat foods with a high water content, such as watermelon. Smoothies, popsicles, and milkshakes also help keep you hydrated. If you prefer more savory options, warm chicken or beef broth provides fluids and electrolytes.
Make Good Lifestyle Choices
Don't smoke, practice good hygiene and reduce the amount of stress in your life to keep your body and mind healthy. Taking safety precautions, such as eliminating potential hazards in the home, can prevent injuries.
We need social interaction. Humans are social beings by nature. Staying connected with others helps to maintain a sense of purpose. Spend time with family and friends whenever possible. If you don't have anyone close to you, visit a local senior center to meet peers.
Meet with Your Healthcare Provider
See your doctor regularly for checkups and screenings. Your doctor can identify any potential health problems in the early stages and you can take the necessary actions before it becomes an issue.