As we age, the risk for health concerns increases. But, with a healthy lifestyle, aging adults can remain healthy longer, resulting in a longer lifespan and overall wellbeing. If the pain, loss, and agitation of health concerns can be prevented, why not at least try? In this article, we’ll offer a few tips for aging adults who wish to remain healthy longer!
Get Your Sleep
Never underestimate the power that is a good night’s sleep. As we get older, it’s even more important to get a full night’s rest. That’s because while we sleep, our body and brain recharge for the day ahead. Furthermore, without a healthy amount of sleep, we can experience a number of debilitating side effects like mood swings, exhaustion, and even a weakened immune system. While there are a number of things that can keep seniors from getting enough sleep like medication changes and health issues, aging adults should aim to get 6-8 hours of sleep every night. If this is challenging, talk to your doctor about the effects of insomnia. And, implement a sleep schedule to get your body used to going to bed and waking up at the same times every day.
Get Your Exercise
It’s proven that regular exercise can help to decrease the risk of developing a number of health issues in aging adults. So, focus on getting at least 30 minutes of exercise three times weekly. Don’t worry; we don’t expect you to go run a marathon. There are a number of exercises which can be better for seniors who may have trouble with physical tasks or deal with chronic pain. These may include taking walks, water aerobics classes, and jumping on a trampoline. Whatever you decide, make sure you make exercise a part of daily life to remain healthy longer!
Get Your Nutrition
We’ve all heard the saying, “you are what you eat”. And, while you literally may not be a steak dinner, you can definitely experience side effects from the food you choose to put into your body. While you were younger, you may have been able to process almost any type of food without any consequence. But with years of working to digest all you’ve eaten, your digestive system deserves a break! Your health will thank you in return. It’s okay to indulge every once in a while. But a frequent healthy meal is needed to maintain health, especially as an aging adult. Instead of choosing processed, fatty foods, try implementing more fruits, vegetables, and high-protein items into your diet!
Get Your Water
Our bodies are over 70% water. Without it, we are nothing. And as we age, our bodies may have more difficulty retaining water to use as a needed resource for various functions. So, it’s important to remain hydrated all times of the day. Instead of sugary sodas and juices, try drinking more water throughout the day. Plus, implementing foods high in water concentration can help, too! Cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, and practically any citrus is high in water concentration.
Need Help Staying Healthy as an Aging Adult?
For many aging adults, it can be challenging to keep up with daily health regimens. Fortunately, a home caregiver may be able to help! If you or someone you know needs help around the house, a caregiver referral may be effective in pairing you and your needs to the caregiver you need! Give Florida First Senior Homecare a call today at 561-771-5980 or contact us right through our website!