Sometimes, it can seem like the older you get, the more complicated life is. That can be especially true when it comes to staying healthy. However, there are some simple and effective solutions for healthy seniors, and you can get started by checking out the tips outlined below.
Fitness on the Fly
How much exercise do you really get these days? Staying fit can be challenging if you have any health setbacks or simply are busy and on the go. However, exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and as Livestrong points out, as little as 15 minutes a day can benefit most older adults. Two sessions of 15 minutes apiece is even better!
Make it a point to mix up your routine; do some stretching, strength building, and balance exercises to keep you in good shape. You don’t need to spend a lot on equipment — a chair, some dumbbells, and resistance bands are all you really need to get in a full workout.
To liven things up, consider purchasing a streaming device to add upbeat music to keep you moving or to stream fitness shows and various workout channels. You just need access to WiFi and a streaming device that’s compatible with your television to make it all work. Even better: your Roku remote can take the place of your other remotes, so you just have one that operates all your devices.
Exercise Your Mind
Many seniors worry about keeping their minds sharp and agile, but there are some fun ways to help your brain stay fit. One idea is to play fun brain games, such as crosswords or Sudoku. Think of it as a fitness regimen for your mind!
Another idea is to play a musical instrument. Whether you’re picking one up you set aside years ago or learning something new, SBS News explains playing a musical instrument can enhance how your mind processes information, and can sharpen coordination and dexterity.
Lastly, there are benefits associated with other kinds of learning as well. For example, some studies indicate the process involved with learning a new language can potentially delay the onset of dementia, as well as enhance problem-solving, improve your memory, and boost your ability to focus. You’re never too old to learn, so be sure to feed your brain with something new!
Enjoy Mindful Meals
It’s important to make proper nutrition part of your lifestyle at any age. Older adults need to become conscientious eaters. Your nutritional needs can change as you age due to a slowing metabolism, and it can be more difficult to absorb nutrients from your food. Poor nutrition can impact your health, potentially reducing organ function, impairing cognition, lowering immune function, and making you frailer.
Aim for meals with foods that are nutrient-dense, such as spinach, raspberries, cauliflower, and asparagus. Ensure you have plenty of fiber in your diet, which you can get from foods like black beans, broccoli, and lentils. Also enjoy some whole grains, such as corn, oats, and brown rice. When choosing meats, aim for lean proteins, like skinless chicken, fish, nuts, and seeds.
To keep your digestion going strong, try to consume probiotics and prebiotics every day. Probiotics can be found in aged foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and traditional buttermilk; prebiotics are in things like bananas, apples, and garlic.
One way to incorporate all those wonderful foods into your diet is through dishes with varied ingredients. Dishes such as healthy casseroles and soups. If you don’t want to cook too often, make batches and freeze portions for later. It’s a convenient and easy way to keep eating right.
There are some simple tricks older adults can use to stay healthy. Ensure you’re exercising both your body and mind and enjoy balanced, nutritious meals. These simple and effective solutions can keep seniors feeling their very best.
A caregiver that is thoroughly trained and is certified as a CNA can ensure that the elderly client is encouraged to exercise and to eat healthily. Having a caregiver in place will also assist with brain exercises that can exercise the mind.