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Blog Takeover: The Best Advice for Seniors Seeking Better Quality of Life

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Image courtesy of Pixabay

by Guest Blogger Jason Lewis, Strongwell.org

As the primary caretaker for my mom and a personal trainer specializing in helping the senior population, I spend a lot of time thinking about senior wellness.

Naturally, as a personal trainer, I’m concerned about their physical health. Many are facing a loss of mobility that can make some exercises difficult for them, and they simply aren’t sure how to safely get fit.

And then there’s seniors’ mental health. There are approximately 34 million Americans over the age of 65 in the U.S. More than 2 million of them are depressed. - Jason Lewis

How are your experiences shaping you, and how are you shaping your life? Many people associate growing older with growing wiser, but you can also be healthier and happier in your senior years. Here is important information about taking control of your physical and mental condition so you can be your best self in your golden years.

Keep on keepin’ on

Being physically active and fit is something many people associate with youth. However, exercise offers important benefits to older adults as well. Engaging in a regular workout program can keep your strength and energy levels optimized, as well as improve your flexibility and balance. A fitness regimen can help lower your risk for a number of health conditions, such as heart disease, dementia, colon cancer, and diabetes. Even if you never exercised before or have limited mobility, it’s possible to start an exercise program in your senior years. There are seated exercises you can do, stretches, and gentle aerobics to improve your muscle tone, range of motion, and cardiovascular health. You don’t even need a gym membership to get started. You can set up a home gym in a spare room so you have a place to workout anytime, especially when weather is disagreeable. Clear out an area so you have plenty of room to stretch and bend, and think about investing in a few pieces of gym equipment. When you’re removing furniture and other items for your workout area, avoid adding clutter to other parts of your home, since that can equate to tripping hazards. If you aren’t sure about whether to keep or rehome items, consider renting a local storage unit to house your things while you decide. The overall average price of a self-storage unit booked in Seattle over the past 180 days is $84.65.

Enjoy good eats

What you eat is important at any age, but Healthline points out a nutritious diet is particularly important in maintaining your health and vitality as you grow older. As we age, our bodies tend to need fewer calories. It’s best to consume an appropriate amount in accordance with your level of activity. Make sure you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Choose foods rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and limit your intake of foods high in processed sugars, salt, and saturated and trans fats. One way to ensure you enjoy an interesting and balanced diet is with a health-oriented meal delivery service. It’s convenient, and there is a wide variety of options available to meet your specific dietary needs. You can base your choices on foods, styles, frequency, and amounts. Healthful meal delivery service subscriptions cost around $7 per meal and up.

Adopt a furry friend

Many people consider pets part of the family and take the role of their animal’s caregiver quite seriously. You might be surprised to find out pet ownership is a reciprocal relationship, with a number of important health benefits to be gained from Fido and Fifi. Having a companion animal to come home to improves your outlook on life and helps relieve stress. People with pets tend to have lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol levels, and lower risk for cardiovascular disease. A furry family member appears to reduce the risk of depression and anxiety as well. Money Under 30 estimates the annual cost for owning a cat or dog at around $700. First-year expenses tend to average over $1,000 if your pet isn’t already vaccinated and neutered, but if you adopt from a shelter or rescue those needs are usually already met.

As you grow older, life can keep getting better. Simple practices like staying active, enjoying good food, and having a furry friend can make all the difference. Your senior years will be your best ever, thanks to your healthy lifestyle choices.

To learn more about Jason or to ask questions please email him at: jason_lewis@strongwell.org

Posted on February 1, 2019 .