Making healthy New Year’s resolutions can help you to get healthier and feel better for many more years to come. Experts in Aging recommend some great healthy New Years resolutions for seniors to help achieve their goals of becoming and staying healthy, including the following:
- Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grain, fish, low-fat dairy, and healthy fats
In the older years of life, your body still needs healthy nutrients, but fewer calories. Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, and look for varieties with deep colours such as dark green, yellow, and orange. Include nuts and legumes in your daily menu, and choose fiber rich breads and low fat meats such as chicken. Include sources of calcium and vitamin D in your daily diet, to keep your bones strong and healthy.
- Take a Multivitamin
Consult your healthcare provider to discuss an appropriate multivitamin for your health needs. Ask about nutrition issues that may need over the counter vitamins or nutrition supplements.
- Remain Active
Physical activity is safe and recommended for older adults – many conditions will get better with exercise and mild activity. Gentle exercises can help you to control your weight, build your muscles and bones, and improve your balance, posture, and mood. Discuss with your doctor what kinds and how much exercise is suited to your current health status.
- See your Doctor
You should plan to see your doctor at least annually for wellness visits, and to discuss health screenings and any changes to your health. Tests may include checking your hearing, vision, and other conditions such as breast cancer, osteoporosis, or other cancers. Talk to your doctor about all medications and supplements you may be taking and whether or not they are still required.
- Reduce alcohol consumption
Excessive drinking can lead to depression, trouble sleeping, and can contribute to other health problems. Talk to your doctor about the recommended weekly limits for alcohol consumption for your age group.
- Get enough sleep
Older adults need at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night – avoiding daytime naps may be necessary to help you to fall asleep at night.
With the new year just around the corner, now is a good time to decide what your resolutions for 2018 will be – start with this list to ensure a healthy and happy 2018!