As we grow in age, it becomes more important to upkeep a healthy lifestyle to continually enjoy an active and fulfilling life. This can be done by making habits like exercising regularly, eating right, and being socially active. Here’s how you can stay always active and healthy.
Eat A Well-balanced, Healthy Diet
Your lifestyle has a huge influence on your ability to lose weight. Weight loss can involve more than just exercise and diet. Read the labels of products before purchasing them, this way you’ll know what exactly is put in your body. Stay away from artificial and high sodium ingredients, try to consume fresh foods, and avoid processed foods.
Swap refined grains for whole grains to lower the likelihood of cravings and increased appetite. You should eat more low-calorie density foods like soups, fruits, and leafy vegetables. These foods contain a greater quantity of water, hence reducing the calorie intake while keeping you full.
Instead of eating out at restaurants daily, try to prepare your own meals at home since you’ll know what goes into your food. Restaurant servings tend to contain excessive sugar and salt, portion sizes can also be larger than required.
Stay Physically Active
Leading an inactive lifestyle can inadvertently result in weight gain. As such, engaging in more physical activity can help to keep within a healthy weight range and in the process aid in lowering blood pressure.
Regular exercise can help to decrease the risk of developing heart disease in older adults, lower the risk of developing high blood pressure as well as high cholesterol. It can assist in reducing fatigue and shortness of breath which allows one to continue and enjoy daily living activities. Finally, exercise helps to lower stress, which is associated with an increased risk of heart issues.
Stay Socially Active
It’s important to remain socially connected with family and friends during old age to maintain mental and physical wellness. An increased social interaction can result in greater feelings of positivity and lower stress levels. As such, adults who actively socialize typically experience a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Add Strength And Balance Training
Strength training or resistance training has several health advantages. It can result in greater blood pressure control while resistance training helps in increasing muscle mass to control weight better. The routine or program should comprise of exercises that strengthen all the major muscle groups, including planks, push-ups, lunges, squats, and the varying core building exercises.
For those with balance issues, balance exercises can improve coordination by strengthening the muscles within the target group. It can also help lower the risk of osteoporosis, improve posture and reduce the effects of sarcopenia.
Live An Active Lifestyle at Conservatory At Plano (CAP)
If you or your loved one want an affordable and active lifestyle, our senior independent living community represents an ideal option. At Conservatory At Plano, we provide our residents with a diversity of services from having private transportation, daily activities and events, chef-prepared meals, private transportation to housekeeping. Our residents are also given access to complimentary health screenings for blood pressure, hearing, and even vision!
Contact us to find out more about our programs.