The number one goal for most senior citizens entering retirement is relaxation; however, being healthy should also be a priority. It’s important to recognize that being healthy does not mean training for a marathon. Rather, it means some form of physical activity, balanced nutrition, and mental exercises.
The following suggestions can help you maintain your physical and mental well-being:
Exercising your heart
Yoga is a great way to increase or maintain your flexibility while encouraging strength. The best part about this form of exercise is it can be done at any pace and as little or as often as you deem fit. Beginners may find that a 15-minute routine fits them best while advanced individuals may prefer hour-long routines. Check out a local gym or yoga studio to find the best classes for your needs. If you’d rather practice yoga in-house, considering the Yoga Studio app ($3.99) available for iOS.
Maintaining physical well-being does not have to mean intense cardio day in and day out. Even walking on a daily basis will improve your well-being. As noted by the Arthritis Foundation, walking has several health benefits including reducing risk for Alzheimer’s, strengthening bones, and improving your sleep.
If you’d like to be more active, consider biking for leisure. Not only does it serve as a good stress-reducer, but any form of cardiovascular exercise will improve your health. Not only does it improve the health of your heart, but it also improves your breathing and the health of your bones.
Exercising your mind
Aside from your physical health, mental health is an important component of maintaining your health. One of the best ways to keep your mind sharp is to do crossword puzzles, sudoku puzzles, or word searches. This kind of mental stimulation encourages critical thinking, improves your memory, and helps combat mental health issues such as Alzheimer's.
Many puzzles are available to print online for free and often come with newspaper subscriptions.
Maintaining balanced nutrition
The first important step into maintaining balanced nutrition is to see your physician. Everyone’s physical needs are different and getting personalized advice from a professional is the best way to start. After visiting your physician, use online resources such as myfitnesspal to gauge your nutritional intake on a daily basis.
It’s also important to remember that counting calories is not an effective way to gauge whether your food consumption is healthy. Focus instead on incorporating vegetables, fruits, and whole grains into your nutritional intake.
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