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Introduction

We all want to be healthier, but the task can seem overwhelming. As you age, you can start seeing some common health concerns in seniors. Good health is the foundation of independent living throughout your lifespan. Independence means having the autonomy and ability to do what you want when you want. And it is never too late to start Improve Your Health.
 

Improve Your Health: 10 Tips that Will Change Your Life



Any improvement in life takes time, effort, and patience. Sometimes progress is hard to see or feel. Have faith that the effort you make will eventually have a positive impact on your life. 
 

1) Take Stock of Where You Are.

To the extent possible, evaluate the areas of your life that need improvement. This will help you prioritize your goals and provide direction. For example, you may have a good diet, but need to incorporate more activity into your day.

2) Set Realistic Goals.

Doing too much, in the beginning, is likely to be self-defeating. Most people abandon exercise programs because it is too painful or difficult. By setting small, achievable goals, you are much more likely to stick with the changes you want to make. Write your goals down. Tell someone what your plan is to keep you on track.

3) Make Time.

Improving your health should be a priority. That means it will take time and commitment. Think of this effort as your part-time job.

4) Start Low and Go Slow.

Avoiding injury is critical. Before increasing activity of any kind, or changing your diet, check with your doctor. Once you have received clearance, start changes slowly.

5) Focus on Activity, Not Exercise.

Exercise can be an intimidating word. Images of aerobics classes or marathon runners can instill fear. Think more in terms of activity. The activity can mean walking, or housework, or gardening. When you park your car to go shopping, park further away so that you have to walk more. Take the stairs when possible. Look for older adult exercise classes that have a gentler approach. Incorporate gentle stretching to increase flexibility. 

Two seniors exercising in the park to maintain their health

6) Follow a Plant-Based Diet

To say that there is conflicting information about diet is a vast understatement! To avoid confusion, adhere to a plant-based and Mediterranean diet. The research has been consistent in demonstrating that this is the healthiest approach.

You can check out intermittent fasting. Whichever you choose, make sure to consult with a dietician to avoid any health concerns.

7) Drink Enough Water.

As people age, their thirst mechanism decreases. This means that you may not feel thirsty. Dehydration is a serious concern for older adults. Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, drink enough water to equal about eight, eight-ounce glasses a day.

8) Include Balance Work.

Falls are the leading cause of death and disability for people over the age of 65. Fall prevention includes working on balance. A good way to start is to work with a physical therapist who can teach safe balance exercises.

9) Keep Track of Your Progress.

Keep a journal of your efforts and progress. Without this, it is hard to assess where you have been and where you need to go. 

10) Be Flexible and Expect Set Backs.

Don’t be afraid of changing your approach. You may find that you have taken on too much, or need to focus more on another area. There is no such thing as failure! Only re-adjustments.

Conclusion

Change your life starting now. There is no better time to begin the journey to better health! Visit us today at BoomersHub for other information on health, senior living, and home care

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