Active Older Adults Improve Their Health and Well-Being

ENSURING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE 

Maintaining good health goes beyond regular medical and clinical care. It’s important as we age to establish routines that allow us to stay active and practice good health every day. Here are the top three ways to ensure a healthy lifestyle:

1. STAY FIT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults over age 65 get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate activity. This can include 30-minute brisk walks or more strenuous exercises like jogging for 75 minutes a week. As you seek to keep your body and mind active, you also should practice balance and muscle-strengthening activities.

 

 

 

 

2. EAT HEALTHY, NUTRITIOUS FOODS

The National Council on Aging says the definition of healthy eating changes as you age. For example, as you grow older, your metabolism slows, so you need fewer calories. Your body also needs more of certain nutrients. That means it’s more important than ever to choose foods that give you the best nutritional value.  Choose a variety of foods to get all the necessary nutrients. Your plate should look like a rainbow—bright, colored foods are always the best choice! A healthy meal should include:

Lean protein (lean meats, seafood, eggs, beans
Fruits and vegetables (think orange, red, green, and purple)
Whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat pasta)
Low-fat dairy (milk and its alternatives)

Remember to choose foods that are high in fiber and low in sodium or salt. Also, look for Vitamin D, an important mineral as we age.

 

3. GROW SOCIAL CONNECTIONS

Companionship plays a vital role in the well-being of seniors. Social engagement creates new and valuable friendships and keeps us mentally and emotionally stimulated. There are endless types of social groups to match your personal interests from golf to book clubs, wine tastings, and travel groups.

 

 

 

 

Discover ways to incorporate the recommended amounts of physical activity and other components of health like wellness, diet, and companionship to ensure a long and healthy life.

 


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