Time to ring in the New Year! It’s a time of celebration, renewal, and goals for the year ahead. And what better resolution than maintaining or even improving your own overall well-being? Here are some ways to help keep your health—or that of a loved one—in tip-top shape this year.
The holidays are a wonderful time to enjoy being with friends and family. That often means sharing great food, including treats that can derail us from good eating habits. Getting back on track is important for healthy aging. Luckily, this can be achieved pretty easily using just a few simple tips:
- Add or increase fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably at every meal.
- Choose soups for lunches and dinners; they’re great this time of year and can be low-calorie, highly nutritious options.
- Be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and avoid sugary drinks as much as possible.
We all know regular exercise, even mild exercise, is good for the body, mind and spirit. It’s not unusual for the holidays to get so busy that we stray from our usual routines. The new year is a great time to re-engage in regular activities such as walking, swimming, and golfing, or starting a completely new exercise. These are all activities that balance the four components of well-rounded fitness: endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) especially recommends this approach for seniors.
While diet and exercise are important to overall health and wellness, so is staying active socially and keeping up with activities or hobbies that you enjoy. The new year is a perfect time to make a regular “date” for lunch or a movie with friends or family members. It’s also a great time to explore something new such as taking a community ed class in something that’s always interested you.
The Goodman Group extends warm wishes for a joyful new year, filled with success and fulfillment in your pursuits and aspirations. We're committed to being a resource for you and your family, offering information and support for senior living. Recognizing that well-being and contentment can be consistently enjoyed, we're here to assist you in navigating the journey, especially this year.