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3 Things That Help Seniors Live Healthier & Happier

January 19, 2019 | Posted By: Christopher James In Fitness

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If you are over the age of 65, you are right in the prime of your life! Being a senior means being free to take a bigger role in your health, your emotional well-being, and your overall life experience. So, if you are ready to take on this big adventure, here are the wellness tips you will want to commit to your memory.           

  • Get a Handle on Your Gut Health Through Your Diet

Did you know that the secret to your overall health lies in your gut? That’s right, your gut health is intrinsically connected to all other elements of you physical and emotional health. Those little microbes in your digestive system help regulate your mood, as they aid digestion, so it’s important to help gut health grow. Taking a daily probiotic supplement or indulging in healthy fermented foods are just two of the healthy habits that can lead to a healthier gut.

Try to commit to other health-increasing practices as well, such as brushing and flossing your teeth throughout the day, eliminating excess sugar in your diet, and getting enough sleep at night. Caring more for your body will give you the health and vitality boost you are looking for and keep the beneficial bacteria in your gut healthy. Of course, you can also fine tune your diet to take better care of the microbes in your belly. Saying goodbye to sugar is a good step, but you should also think about ditching dairy and avoiding additives to get your gut health in line.

  • Make a Commitment to Get More Physical Activity 

If you want to get more control over your life, then you need to get moving! Regular daily activity has been shown to be one of the most effective, and least complicated, methods for seniors to preserve mobility and independence. You need around 150 minutes of steady movement throughout the week to keep your body and mind their healthiest, which breaks down to one 20-minute walk each day.

To boost your strength even more and prevent potentially dangerous falls, you should also dedicate some of your physical fitness time to strength training. You can also work out those muscles in a yoga practice, which can have some other wonderful benefits for you. A regular yoga practice helps to decrease the stress levels that lead to cardiovascular disease and diabetes complications. Adding yoga to your daily routine could make life a lot easier — and it could even save your life. A personal trainer is also recommended. A personal trainer will work with you to assure you are exercising correctly and safely. A personal trainer can also put together a fitness plan that is customized to your goals and needs.

  • Get Out and Really Enjoy Your Golden Years 

Being retired shouldn’t mean being bored or stationary. Pursuing your passions is not only essential for a fulfilling retirement, but having interesting hobbies can also have some very genuine benefits for your overall health as well. If your interests keep you moving, you will be adding more protection from chronic disease and health issues that can rob you of your independence. Plus, doing things you love helps to decrease those all-important stress levels. So get out and find a hobby that speaks to you!

If you have issues with mobility, you may need to try some modified hobbies to keep yourself having fun. You can check out a senior center for fun pastimes to try with new friends, or you can look for mobility tools that make moving around and enjoying your favorite activities easier. Finally, don’t overlook the satisfaction that traveling can bring to your life. Just try to plan your trips to fit your abilities and comfort level, and try to check in with your healthcare provider prior to any major trips or travel plans.

It’s time you discovered just how wonderful this time of your life can be! Take charge of your health and take the steps you need to make retirement the adventure of a lifetime. 

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Author:  Jason Lewis

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