Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? If you haven’t made any or haven’t been able to stick to the resolutions you made, consider focusing on achievable goals to boost your health and quality of life. A few small daily adjustments can have a surprisingly big impact on your health!
Here are several ways you can help yourself feel good and age well:
We need fewer calories as we age, but just as many nutrients. Eat more nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seafood, lean meats and poultry, beans, nuts, and seeds. Limit consumption of fatty meat, sugar, butter, salt, and pre-packaged foods.
Drinking water to stay hydrated is essential to good health. Keep a container of water nearby and take frequent sips throughout the day. Make sure to refill often!
Incorporate physical activity into your schedule
Staying active is key to healthy aging, and can also lead to a longer life. Regular exercise promotes weight management, strong bones and muscles, and decreased risk of disease. Add aerobic exercise, such as walking, swimming, or yoga into your routine.
Have a positive attitude
A positive mindset has been linked to faster and better recovery from injury or disability, and a lower risk of chronic disease and memory loss. Stress less about the things you cannot change and focus on those you can. Remember what is good in life, practice gratitude, try to laugh more, and banish negative thoughts whenever they pop up!
Stimulate your mind
Regularly challenging your brain is one of the best ways to stay mentally sharp. Try fun and different activities like crossword puzzles, Sudoku, reading, writing, or simply learning something new, to ensure your brain stays active.
Social interaction leads to better cognition, lowered risk for depression, and overall better health. Spend time with family, connect with old friends, and participate in social activities, virtually or in-person.
Have a sense of purpose
It’s important to feel that you are making valuable contributions. Volunteer or dive into a project you are passionate about. Purpose is motivating, provides a sense of accomplishment, increases self-confidence, and brings fulfillment to life.
Kick bad habits
Whatever your vice is, it’s never too late to quit as it will reduce your risk of developing health problems and improve your overall quality of life. Quit smoking and/or reduce alcohol intake to improve your well-being and reduce serious health issues.
Get enough sleep
We all should aim for seven to nine hours of sleep per night. This amount of rest helps to maintain our immune systems and improves memory and concentration. To fall asleep easier and quicker at night, avoid using your television or cell phone before bed, don’t drink caffeinated or alcoholic beverages in the evening, and stay active during the day.
Be conscious about your overall health
Visit the doctor annually, if not more, to be proactive about your overall well-being. And take the personal advice and guidance he or she gives during your visit.
Try to make a few small changes in order to have a healthier new year!