When you reach the golden years it is extremely important that you take care of your health. Unfortunately, more and more seniors are developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. In order to stay healthier, stronger and happier you will need to work on yourself. Trust us, it is a lot easier than it sounds. Even meeting mature singles, boosting your social life, getting enough sleep and eating properly can put you back on the right track.
Lead an active social life
It may sound silly but dating or having a large group of friends can save your life. Loneliness leads to depression and a lot of health issues. Therefore, staying active and going out with your loved ones is crucial for your health.
Generally, seniors believe that they are simply too old to exercise. This has nothing to do with reality. No one is forcing you to lift weights or run marathons. Even simple things like gardening, dancing, walking, water aerobics, yoga, tai chi and qigong can do wonders for your health. Exercising for just 30 minutes a day can lower the risk of falling, improve your balance and strengthen your muscles.
A healthy diet based on fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats is essential for good health. Speaking of healthy fats try to switch to fish twice a week. We understand that mashed potatoes and gravy are so delicious, but try to leave more room on your plate for vegetables like broccoli, kale, carrots, and tomatoes.
Get enough sleep
Yes, even by just sleeping you can boost your health. Believe it or not chronic sleep deprivation can lead to conditions like obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even premature death. So just pamper yourself and take long baths, read your favorite books or listen to soothing music. All of these things can help you sleep like a baby. Ensure that your bedroom is dark, quiet and cool, which will further enhance your sleep.
Forget about your tan
The sun can really damage your skin and make you look older than you are. Therefore, when you are outdoors use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15. Always avoid getting too much sun and dress in layers.