Are you in your golden years and want to lead a full and fulfilling life? If you do, you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and here is how you can do so now.
The first part of a healthy lifestyle is to take care of your physical health. And that means to be physically active and engage in exercises. Specifically, it is recommended that mature adults should exercise for at least 30 minutes, 3 to 5 times a week. But remember to start slowly, and talk to your doctor first. For the best results, you need to be motivated. And to keep motivated, pick something you love and try taking a class or exercising with your friends or loved ones. Not to worry, there are many types of exercises that are suitable for those in their golden years too. For instance, you could go for a walk in the park. Simply walking 10,000 steps a day can decrease the risk of heart disease, colon cancer, stroke, and diabetes.
Alternatively, you can opt for the low-impact chair yoga exercise. Not only is it easily accessible, but it also can help to improve your flexibility, mobility, balance, and muscle strength. Research has also found that chair yoga can boost your mental health and encourage better sleep. Pilates is another great option. It is low-impact and can help to build your muscle strength and improve your flexibility and balance too.
The next, but equally important part of a healthy lifestyle is to ensure good nutritional health. And that means you need to eat a balanced diet of nutritious ingredients and foods. Apart from that, you should also look out for nutritional facts labels and take note of serving sizes, eat smaller meals, eat slowly to encourage better digestion, and stay hydrated. You should also avoid drinking alcohol if possible, and avoid empty calories food like soda and junk food.
Taking probiotics, minerals, and vitamins can also boost your nutritional health. What about specific ingredients that can help your nutritional health? Opt for ingredients that are rich in fiber to improve digestion. For instance, broccoli, beans, and whole wheat pasta have high levels of fiber. You should also avoid food that is high in sodium because it can cause hypertension. Instead, go for fresh fruits, unsalted nuts, or brown rice. Next, you can also eat more food with omega-3 fatty acids. Eggs, Spinach, and fish are all examples of food with omega-3 fatty acids, and they can help to reduce the risk of stroke, and heart disease, and improve your brain function as a whole.
To maintain a healthy lifestyle, you need to also nurture good mental health. Here is what you can do. You can socialize more, and stay connected to your friends and loved ones. At the same time, you can play games or do crossword puzzles. Alternatively, you can learn a new skill or language, read new books, or write something. Sleeping sufficiently can also boost your mental health.