Maintaining your Health and Wellness at any Age
No matter your age, taking good care of yourself will help you feel great and prevent illness. As a senior, the efforts you make to stay healthy will go far in preventing disease, boosting your immune system, and promoting longevity. Practicing wellness might seem daunting if you think about it as an overhaul, but it can be as simple as making a few little changes to your routine. Follow the tips below to ensure that you stay healthy and happy for years to come.
Physical activity doesn’t have to be intense in order to have a positive impact on your wellbeing and your immune system. Research shows that just 20–30 minutes of moderate exercise per day is enough to improve your body’s defense system. Consider adding walking, biking, or swimming to your routine. If you live in a lifestyle community such as The Plaza at Lubbock, you may find that the staff and other residents are supportive and can help you stay on track. If you’re not able to get outdoors, an indoor exercise routine is another great option.
Improve your balance
Many seniors worry about injuries related to falling. The fear of falling may get in the way of enjoying physical activity and actually increase fall-risk. However, there are easy things you can do to reduce your risk and build your confidence. Movement routines and games can improve your overall coordination and body awareness. Consider trying a yoga routine for seniors that includes some balance work. You can also find balance exercises on YouTube and through fitness apps and Wii games.
Try not to get discouraged if you find balance work challenging — it’s supposed to be!
It will also help to practice getting up from the ground regularly, which strengthens your core and lower body. Consider practicing standing on one leg. Start with ten seconds per leg and make sure that you have a wall or stable chair within arm’s reach to steady yourself if necessary. Try not to get discouraged if you find balance work challenging — it’s supposed to be! It’s still benefiting you, even if you feel like you’re not mastering it.
Food is your medicine
Your immune system will stay strongest on a diet that is rich in fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, and lean meats. A good rule of thumb is to ‘eat the rainbow’. Try to add 2–3 bright colors (such as dark leafy greens, bright red or purple fruits, and orange veggies) to every meal. Aim to avoid white starches, sugar, and fried foods as much as possible as they can make the immune system sluggish.
Your immune system will stay strongest on a diet that is rich in fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, and lean meats.
Keep in mind that a nutrient-rich diet doesn’t have to be boring. Treats like dark chocolate, coffee, and red wine are great in moderation and have even been linked to improved heart health. Just be sure to talk to your doctor or dietician if you have specific dietary needs or concerns.
Practice good hygiene
One of the best ways to stay healthy year-round is to practice good hygiene. Be sure to wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face if you’ve been in a public space. You can also protect yourself by carrying pocket-sized hand sanitizer, regularly disinfecting the surfaces in your living space, and staying current on vaccines, including COVID-19.
You have the power to prevent illness and improve your quality of life.
Your daily habits add up each day to influence your health and wellbeing. You have the power to prevent illness and improve your quality of life. By staying active, working on your balance, eating well, and practicing good hygiene, you’re off to a great start.
The Plaza at Lubbock believes that healthy living is key to seniors’ overall wellbeing and supports residents’ in creating a happy and fulfilling lifestyle. To learn more, get in touch. 806-740-0800.