For many, the New Year is a fresh start for new beginnings, a time to set new goals and adapt changes to improve productivity or better your mental and physical health. Everyone loves their daily routines, but breaking old habits can create fulfilling and positive rewards. It’s always best to focus on what makes you feel happy, and not set goals that are unrealistic. Whether you want to focus on enhancing your fitness, eating healthy, engage more in the community, or even taking up a new hobby can leave your senior years more enhanced than before.
Here are a few easy senior-focused resolutions you can benefit from in the new year. Allow yourself to take these small steps, which can help make that big step towards a better self in the New Year.
Get Connected Online
More and more seniors are connecting on the internet. Not only on the world wide web but on different technological platforms and social networks. Learning a new skill has many cognitive and mental health benefits. From sending an email, posting a picture on Facebook to Skyping with grandchildren. Learning to navigate a computer, smartphone or tablet is a skill that will keep the mind sharp and allow the heart to grow fonder. Retirement Life Communities have free computer lessons that cater to seniors. Take a look at our recent “Cyber Seniors” for how our seniors learn the ability to connect online using iPads!
Get Fit, Stay Active
As we age, muscle mass decreases up to 15% of our lean muscle. Maintaining muscle strength and mass with exercise helps burn calories to maintain a healthy weight, strengthens bones, and restores balance. Furthermore, studies have shown that exercise is a great way to boost balance, memory, and concentration, which help reduce dementia. One the best ways to stay fit is by walking! Take a brisk walk around the neighborhood with a partner or friend, to keep you company and enjoy the scenery. In the wintertime, we suggest to avoid going outside when it’s icy or snowing, but we have great winter walking tips for those more adventurous.
Eat More Healthy
Eating healthy is essential to receiving the proper nutrition your body needs, especially when significant health changes occur. Whenever new foods are introduced to a diet, it can be a struggle. Don’t over do it immediately, instead take it slow – introduce more fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains to your daily meals. This will improve your health without requiring you to make any significant alterations to your diet. Find it difficult to eat your greens? Whip up a smoothie with your favorite fruits and vegetables, like spinach or kale; for a quick and easy way to get the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
Volunteer/Give a Helping Hand
There is no greater feeling in the world than having a sense of purpose by helping others. There are endless opportunities for volunteering: online or right in the heart of your community. Whether it be a local food shelter, community kitchen, or simply visiting a less mobile senior. You don’t have to embark on a fundraising mission to make a difference. Volunteering can be as simple as visiting a new or shy senior in your community who might appreciate a friendly face. There are many ways seniors can give back, right here at Retirement Life Communities!