As the years go by, it can become increasingly difficult to stay healthy. However, by falling into basic routines and habits, you may be limiting your fitness potential and increasing the risk of illness. To help you stay fit, Choice Health Management Services offers these tips for healthy and happy aging.
- Stay Active
Staying energetic can help relieve chronic pain, maintain strength, improve mental function, lower blood pressure, and reduce health risks. Additionally, increasing muscle mass allows drugs to metabolize quicker so medicine can be cleared from your body more effectively. By incorporating a new hobby or workout routine, such as gardening or yoga, you can keep your edge and avoid future complications.
- Load Up on High Fiber Foods
Since your digestive system slows as you age, eating fiber is a way to combat this common problem. Try eating beans, peas, seeds, nuts, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and grains to give your body needed energy. Fiber also helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, and some cancers. To avoid uncomfortable side effects, introduce fiber slowly into your diet. Additionally, be sure to drink plenty of water to help your body digest the new foods.
- Try Variations of Things You Like
Games are an important tool to help keep the mind sharp. Try doing different kinds of puzzles and finding challenging crosswords. Another way to exercise your brain is by using your non-dominant hand. If you write with your right hand, try eating or brushing your teeth with your left to help improve brain function. You could even try learning about a new topic or different language. By challenging your mind, you can decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s and improve cognition.
National Nutrition Month serves as an important reminder to reflect on our habits. However, essential health and interaction are important year-round. If you need help caring for your aging loved one, Choice Health Management Services offers a variety of services such as skilled nursing services to assisted or independent living. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.