We hope everyone has had a safe and fun holiday season! Now that the new year has rolled around, we think it’s the best time to kick off the new year with some new, positive changes!
Here are some of our New Years Resolutions we would like to share with you in hopes to benefit a happy and healthy New Year:
1) Stay Active
It is important to stay active all year round. We know it can be a little more challenging to do so in the colder months, but don’t let the weather prevent you from staying active! You can still get moving inside while staying warm, try a light aerobics DVD or just crank up the music and get groovin’ in the comfort of your own living room.
Go for a stroll, even if it is inside your home it is important to keep moving! Get up every hour and stretch out your legs by walking a couple laps down the hallway. Even if you are doing things such as light cleaning, like folding your laundry that counts as physical activity! A body at rest tends to stay at rest, while a body in motion tends to stay in motion!
2) Stay Social
Staying in touch with family and friends can easily prevent depression. Depression in seniors is a high concern especially if they live alone. Even if it is just a quick phone call every day, or sending a card Just Because, keeping a connection with others should never be a bother.
3) Eat a Healthy Balanced Diet
Even though the occasional splurge doesn’t hurt, it is important to maintain a healthy diet. Not only can this prevent digestion and other physical problems, it can improve your mood too. Cut back on the fat and salt and talk to your doctor about changing your diet.
4) Try Something New
Check out your local senior center to see what new activities are available, it will help you stay active and plus you might even make a new friend. Explore a new hobby or craft or try a new game. Getting out in the community can be beneficial to staying active and social, however if getting out isn’t an option then finding new things to do at home can help you keep busy. Start a new book, or have routine visits with loved ones who can share a book with you. It will give you something to look forward to and you two an have something to compare and discuss.
No matter what you decide to you, we hope you keep these ideas in mind! Always seek assistance from your health care provider to make any changes to your diet or exercise. We hope you all have a wonderful New Year!