As we grow older, it is important to maintain a balanced diet and exercise for seniors, whether you are just entering your senior years or are an older adult. With this base, add on checkups and safe choices for optimal health.
Stay (or Become) Physically Active
If you don’t have physical limitations, be active at least 30 minutes per day. If needed, you can build up to this activity level. Add a few minutes of walking or stretching each day, lengthening the amount of time gradually.
Of course, you should talk to your healthcare provider about what kind of activity is right for you. There may be a way to stay healthy with low-impact workouts that you hadn’t thought of on your own.
Be Aware of What You Eat
Junk food is called junk food for a reason, steer your shopping cart toward foods that are whole and nutritious. It’s absolutely necessary as the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported older persons are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition.
When striving for balanced diet and exercise for seniors, choose healthy foods think back to the basics. Choose sweet potatoes, quinoa, and oats for your carbohydrates, fish and legumes for your proteins, and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. If you have been relying on fast food and frozen dishes for your meals, talk to a nutritionist to build a meal plan.
Benefits of Activity and Healthy Eating
If you are wondering what the results of whole foods and exercise will be, know that a healthy lifestyle can add years to your life. And, all of those years can be improved by feeling great throughout.
- Improve your immune system. When people exercise, their immune system improves. This can result in better bone density and a lower risk of some diseases, including Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, and more.
- Get a good night’s sleep. Consistent exercise results in enhanced sleep quality, meaning active individuals can fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
- Release stress. Exercise produces endorphins, hormones secreted within the brain that can help to improve your sense of wellbeing. Endorphins also reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.
- Have better balance. With more strength and increased flexibility, an active body is better coordinated to avoid falls.
Stay Safe in Your Home
Along with maintaining a balanced diet and exercise for seniors, try to identify and solve safety problems in your home before accidents happen. There are things that don’t seem to be an issue when we are younger that can be truly hazardous as we age.
For instance, you may need additional handrails and banisters. Or, maybe it is time to take care of inadequate lighting and loose cords. Kendall can make house calls to those in the Santa Monica area to assess issues and complete any handiwork that might need to be done.
Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.