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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Senior Citizens
By: McKenzie Hamby
The beginning of January is the time that everyone begins their New Year’s Resolutions, whether that be eating better or exercising more. There is no better time than now to make a fresh start to your life. It is best to make these goals attainable and realistic. Use this time to reflect on your life as a whole and answer some pressing questions such as: “Am I healthy both physically and mentally? Am I spending enough time with my family and grandchildren?”
Here are five resolutions that we came up with that will benefit your life in the upcoming year.
- Exercise 30 minutes a day: As we have said before, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight is ideal for senior citizens. There may have been some setbacks in previous years, such as medical problems or fear of falling during a workout: however, in the new year it is best to put those worries aside. Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day can increase stability and flexibility as well as maintain a healthy weight. Try taking a walk around your neighborhood or playing with your grandchildren. Just be sure to do what is reasonable and possible, and check in with your doctor first before making significant changes to your exercise routine.
- Talk to an old friend: Sometimes, as we age, we don’t make time for the people that we used to. Everyone gets in a routine and life sends challenges, but contacting an old friend that you haven’t talked to in awhile can be extremely beneficial. Making a quick telephone call, sending an email or even writing a letter can help you stay connected. This year, make it a priority to stay in contact with friends and family.
- Make healthy eating choices: Aside from working out on a daily basis, it is important to eat a balanced diet. Consider adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet and eating less carbohydrates and sugars. You might also consider not eating late night snacks or cutting one specific food item out of your diet. It could make a huge difference!
- Start a new hobby: Join a book club, play cards, pick up gardening or start painting again like you used to; whatever it may be, starting a new hobby could be the key to happiness in the new year. Try something new with your friends or family and create more memories.
- Work your brain daily: Being healthy physically is only step one in overall health; you also have to mentally apt. Challenge your brain with puzzles, games and keep your cognitive skills sharp! There are many apps on smartphones available, or you can buy a crossword puzzle. In this new year, make time to exercise your brain.
Consider adding these five resolutions to your list this year. Being physically and mentally healthy is important in old age. Making time for friends and family, starting new hobbies and making healthy choices can all contribute to a happier and healthier life!