What are you doing to stay active?
It’s a good question for those over 50 to ponder as we celebrate Active Aging Week from Sept. 23 to Sept. 29.
It serves as a reminder that remaining active covers more than just the physical or mental aspects of aging. Active Aging Week is promoted as a way to draw attention to the physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, vocational, and environmental aspects of aging.
It provides a complete framework for our seniors to aspire to, and promotes the benefits of living a full life.
Make Simple Dietary and Lifestyle Changes
As we age our bodies don’t process certain foods the way that they used to. Eating healthy foods that are higher in essential vitamins and nutrients can give our bodies the fuel they need to remain active throughout the day.
It may be time to research the right diet for you. Diets such as the Mediterranean, or DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) may provide some value. It may be time to research and talk with your health professional about which is right for you.
In addition to changing your diet, it may be time to incorporate a light walking regiment into your day. It may not feel like it’s doing much but the benefits are astounding.
Walking helps you:
- Lose or maintain weight
- Prevent or manage health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease or type 2 diabetes
- Become stronger
- Improve your mood
For more active seniors, bicycling, swimming, or running can provide tremendous benefits. The activities you choose depend on your fitness level.
Active Aging Week: What Activities Can You Incorporate into Your Routine?
Are you doing everything you can to remain active? Go ahead and explore what you can add into your routine to make it more fulfilling. When your diet and exercise routines are in place, you have more energy for all of your activities throughout the day.
For some, having the right equipment around their home may be standing between them and a more active lifestyle. If you are searching for a wheelchair ramp, stair lift, or other home safety equipment, we’d love to help.
What changes can you make in your daily routine to live a more active lifestyle? It’s a question you’re best fit to answer.