Blog: The Senior's Advocate
Posted on: Aug 26, 2013
The older we get, the more we start becoming aware that lifestyle changes may be on the horizon. For people who haven’t always spent their life in the gym or eating an all-natural diet, this transition may be difficult to make. Especially when you are already facing more changes and challenges of aging than you can manage.
Changing your lifestyle does not have to be hard work! Take the opportunity to stay healthier, longer with a partner or spouse. The mutual determination will make a lifestyle change that much easier. These three tips below are simple, but effective in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
1) Stay Active!
Whether you take a daily walk or swim, or even just take the stairs instead of the elevator, staying active is essential to living a healthy lifestyle. Joining a club or a team can also encourage an active lifestyle. My 72-year-old grandmother is enrolled in a water aerobics class and a Mahjong team in her community’s clubhouse. She is always staying active, even in the preparation of these events. The more active we are, the better our bodies will work and feel.
2) Eat Right!
It seems obvious, but eating better is always one of the biggest challenges to overcome when trying to be healthy. But it doesn’t have to be! Finding creative ways to use fresh ingredients and having fun in the kitchen can change your perspective. Using what I call “flavor freebies” such as garlic, lemon and fresh herbs, is a great way to add immense flavor to your dishes, without adding fat or calories! Finding healthier alternatives to your favorite foods is probably easier than you think! Love pasta? Substitute a whole grain or wheat linguini for regular old pasta at your next spaghetti night. Love pizza? Try using a whole grain pizza dough and fresh veggie topping with reduced fat cheese. Healthy can be tasty and easy!
3) Listen to your body!
Pay attention closely to the way your body works and handles your daily activities. Adjust your fitness based on your capabilities, eat foods that address particular health concerns and most importantly, visit your health care professional regularly to encourage preventative care. Being an older adult puts you at risk for many health concerns, so instead of dealing with them when they happen, prevent them so they don’t. Your body is designed to tell you when something is wrong! Pay attention to the signs and always contact a healthcare professional should you think something is wrong.