Everyone, no matter their age, has at least one habit that could probably be considered unhealthy. Even as a child, we tend to develop habits that, if not discouraged, can end up being bad for us. Through the years, more unhealthy habits develop and, if not dealt with, they can eventually affect our mental and physical health.
By the time people enter into their golden years, unhealthy habits have not only completely developed but may also already be ingrained in us. Do you have bad habits that are considered unhealthy? Perhaps you have been depressed or sick, and the habits were developed during or after that period in time. Then again, maybe you’ve just been doing something for so long that it’s become commonplace and you don’t even give it a second thought anymore.
Regardless of how unhealthy habits developed or what they are, it’s important to break the habits if you want to live a longer, happier life. Let’s take a look at some common unhealthy habits in older adults.
When people reach retirement age, they may start cutting back on their eating. They may not feel like cooking, they may say they’re not hungry, or they may have some other reason for not wanting to eat.
It’s never a good idea to skip a meal. Healthy meals, three times a day, are recommended. If you need help putting together a menu, or could use some assistance with meal preparation, try to reach out to your family for help.
Some people love to exercise. Others, not so much. As a person gets older, it may be harder to exercise, and even painful. Though you shouldn’t push yourself past your capabilities, you must get some kind of exercise regularly. Getting up and walking for half an hour a day can be a great start!
Pushing Too Hard
People of all ages sometimes tend to push themselves beyond their capabilities. In some people aged 65 and over, this could present a serious risk to not only their health but their life. Wanting to exercise is a good thing. Wanting to exercise beyond one’s capabilities or ignoring your doctor’s advice is harmful and risky. Make sure you don’t push yourself more than you should.
Chances are, you already know that smoking is bad for you. We also understand that it’s an extremely hard habit to break. Numerous health issues are caused by smoking. Discuss with your physician some possible methods through which you may be able to kick the habit.
Drinking in Excess
Though there’s nothing wrong with a drink or two, drinking alcohol in excessive amounts can lead to any number of physical ailments. It can also affect a person’s psychological health. If you feel that you have a drinking problem, you should speak to your doctor about possible treatment options.
Not Going for Regular Check-Ups
Many people try to avoid a visit to their physician if they can help it. This tends to be more prevalent among some older adults. You may not want to visit your physician for a specific reason, so it’s important to find out why you’re avoiding it.
Spending Too Much Time on the Computer
One may think that too much “screen time” would be a habit more closely associated with a teenager. However, that’s not the case. To help pass the time, many older individuals have taken up Internet surfing. What’s more, with social distancing being needed in many cases these days, more and more people are relying on virtual Internet visits and meetings. If you are spending too much time online, you should start trying to reduce your screen time and engaging in healthier pursuits. You can consider taking up a new hobby or volunteering at an orphanage or youth center.
Enjoy an Active and Healthy Lifestyle at Conservatory At Keller Town Center
No matter what your interests or hobbies, there’s always some enjoyable form of socialization or event in which you can participate at Conservatory At Keller Town Center. It’s easier to stay physically and mentally healthy when there are lots to do in our retirement community.
What’s more, three nutritious and delicious chef-prepared meals are served every day in a fine dining atmosphere. Dietary restrictions are never a problem and though you can cook to your heart’s content in your kitchen, being treated like a guest can be a nice change once in a while. To get more information about our programs, feel free to call us at 682-688-9753!