As winter approaches, so can healthcare challenges for seniors. This can be challenging, especially with COVID-19 cases hitting an all-time high. Whether you’re a senior looking for some guidance or a caretaker trying to find ways to minimize health risks, it’s still important to make this an enjoyable and fun season.
You might have heard the phrase, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but creating positive habits are the foundation of living a healthy and longer life. Habits grow stronger over time, so make sure you’re developing the right kind. One way to create healthy habits is to make a plan and identify areas where you struggle. This will give you a better idea of what unhealthy patterns are affecting you.
Exercise is an essential part of maintaining your health, but it also plays a major role in maintaining your mental health. If you have spent the majority of the pandemic indoors, you might have found yourself becoming somewhat of a couch potato, which can have a negative impact on your overall health.
Start small with your exercise goals, especially if you struggle with movement. With the winter months approaching, you might find it too cold to go for a walk around the neighborhood but you can walk around your house. You can even set up a home gym to help create some motivation. Equipment such as exercise bikes and treadmills are great for targeting that cardiovascular exercise you might need.
You are what you eat, and if your diet consists of overly processed and fatty foods, you are doing yourself a disservice. Proper nutrition is an area where most seniors struggle to get right. Especially if you require a specific diet due to your medications or health restrictions, and although it might seem easier to go to your favorite fast food places for dinner, you should be prioritizing healthy foods.
What makes you happy? If you’re stuck at home with nothing to do, then this is the perfect time to pick some old hobbies or start new ones! Journaling or knitting are all fun ways to express yourself while at home. You can even find virtual events like a book club online to meet new people and socialize.