As we ring in the New Year, now is the perfect time to start fresh and establish healthy habits. Whether your goals are to eat better, get more exercise, or even learn a new skill, sticking to a resolution can improve your health and wellness beyond your retirement years. Here are four New Year’s resolutions for seniors that are positive and attainable.
Engage in regular exercise
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions involves getting more exercise. Engaging in regular physical activity has numerous health benefits for older adults, including better cardiovascular health, weight management, and improved strength and balance. In a retirement village, it’s easy for older adults to meet their fitness goals. Many communities offer group fitness and balance classes and have paved walking trails that are perfect for biking or light walks.
Commit to healthy eating habits
Eating a well balanced, nutritious diet is an important aspect of healthy aging. However, many older adults no longer have the ability or desire to cook for themselves, leading to unhealthy eating habits and even malnutrition. While some changes in appetite and metabolism are a normal part of aging, a physician should address any drastic changes in your weight or appetite. In a retirement village, balanced, nutritious meals are prepared each day, meaning seniors have the option to not grocery shop or cook that day. Many communities also have registered dieticians on staff to work with residents and develop meal plans that fit their health needs.
Try a new hobby
Your retirement years are a wonderful time to explore a new hobby or even revisit old pastimes. Whether you take up painting, knitting, or card games, it’s never too late to learn a new hobby and spend time doing what you love. Many seniors find that trying a new hobby or joining a club boosts their social interaction and leads to new friendships.
Challenge your brain
Research finds that regular mental exercise can stimulate the brain and may even slow the rate of age-related cognitive decline. This year, commit to challenge your brain by playing problem-solving games, joining a book club, playing an instrument, or taking continuing education classes. Any activity that stimulates your brain can sharpen your mental skills and may slow the effects of cognitive decline.