Getting older doesn’t mean you should be bogged down by your age. Even if you’re not as flexible or agile as you used to be, you can still maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle! HarborChase Senior Living knows the importance of staying active and we want to give you a few essential tips to help you maintain your health, vitality, and improve your quality of life.
You Are What You Eat
Dieting doesn’t sound like the most fun activity to partake in, but as you age, your body needs a healthier diet to maintain your body/lifestyle. This doesn’t mean you have to switch to a bland, boring diet! Foods like sweet potatoes are one example of a nutritional anomaly. Sweet potatoes are a food that tastes great and sweet, but also contain plenty of nutrition. Foods rich in calcium such as milk, yogurt, cheese, and leafy green vegetables are also essential as we age to help our bodies build and maintain strong bones. Plus, calcium has been known to lower blood pressure!
A healthy diet is one of the critical components of living a healthy and longer life. You can read more about healthy foods for seniors by visiting our HarborChase blog!
We know that this one sounds hard. Exercise is challenging at almost any age and while your marathon days may be behind you, you still need to exercise regularly. The CDC states that physical activities for older adults don’t have to be strenuous or intense. The most important part is to get you up and moving around. Exercising could be as simple as taking a walk in a local park or enjoying some relaxing time swimming with friends or family members. Your workout can be whatever you want, and it doesn’t have to hurt to help. Senior health is delicate, and it doesn’t always require a heavy-handed approach.
Maintain Your Mental Health
Focusing on your mental health is an essential part of maintaining your senior health. The better the mental state, the better the living state. Exercise and eating healthy are known to help one’s mental state of mind. Improving your state of mind may be one of the most challenging yet worthwhile tasks. Mental health doesn’t just take a toll on your mind - it also takes a toll on your body. If you are showing signs of depression, then you likely will feel less motivated and more stressed. Stress affects the body in many negative ways. Taking care of your body is one of the best ways to combat stress and improve your mental health!
Another big concern for many older adults is security and safety. You may start to feel uneasy about taking on so much alone. The good news is that you’re not alone! Senior living communities, like HarborChase Senior Living, are proud to be taking steps to improve senior health care. We offer a relaxing life, with plenty of luxury and security. If you would like to learn more, we encourage you to contact us - we would be happy to answer them!