Have you ever considered improving your lifestyle, but then quickly gave up because you thought it was too late to start? Don’t worry, it’s never too late to start working on your health. There are many easy ways for retired adults to gain healthy habits, such as quitting smoking, eating healthy, and getting regular exercise. Continue reading to learn how to start a healthy lifestyle if you are over 50!
Exercise is an important activity for people of all ages to engage in, even for those who are above 50. Even if you suffer from health conditions or are wheelchair-bound, there are a wide variety of safe and simple exercises you can engage in to maintain your physical health.
By working on your physical health, you can enjoy a reduced risk of getting high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancers. In fact, exercise can also help to prevent cognitive decline and reduce your risk of getting dementia! Overall, exercise allows you to enjoy a healthy life in your late years rather than a life spent combating chronic pain and illnesses. It’s time to get moving!
Improve Your Diet
Nutrition is a key part of maintaining a healthy body and mind. Having an adequate diet doesn’t only mean staying in the recommended weight range, but it also involves the consumption of the nutrients and vitamins you require for your gender and age group. Make sure to get lots of leafy vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, while reducing your intake of processed foods and sugars. By eating right, your body will be able to improve its function and defend against illnesses and diseases.
Getting proper sleep is often neglected when it comes to having a healthy lifestyle. Did you know that a lack of sleep will negatively affect your weight, memory, mood, as well as appearance? You should try to get seven to eight hours of sleep every night. If you suffer from insomnia, it could be due to an underlying reason such as medication side effects or medical conditions. Make sure to visit a healthcare professional to seek help so you can get the rest you need.
You can also try to improve your sleep by engaging in meditation and relaxation before bedtime. Also, make sure to limit screen time before you sleep as blue light can make you feel less drowsy.
Live A Healthy Lifestyle at Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge is a retirement community that offers both senior assisted living and memory care options. Residents who stay with us are able to enjoy well-designed amenities, engaging recreational programs, health and wellness initiatives, as well as an exciting calendar full of activities, classes, and events. Meanwhile, our professional team takes care of all the housekeeping, maintenance, cooking, and cleaning for our residents so they are able to fully devote their time towards doing the things they love.
If you’d like to retire in a resort-style community, you can find out more by contacting us at 706.309.5621 or scheduling a tour today!