One of the most beautiful times of your life can be aging into your golden years. You’re living your best life, you’re not raising children anymore, and you’ve retired from your career. However, both mentally and physically, you must better care for yourself as you age.
As you’re living out your twilight years and enjoying all that goes along with it, you must take control of your health to better improve the quality of your life, as well as quantity. To help you on your way, we’re going to give you a handful of tips.
Remember – You Only Live Once!
Because you only live once, it’s important to make the most of it. Is there something you’ve never tried but always wanted to do? Take some trips to the beach, audition for a play, attend a concert, start a new hobby, visit a location you’ve never dared visit before, wear something a bit risqué! The list is never-ending as to what could or should be included on your bucket list.
Many people of retirement age will tell you that their entire life has been devoted to others. Particularly if that’s the case, it’s time for YOU now! Live your dream! Let nothing stop you.
To access increased opportunities for socialization, make new friends, and get together with people who have something in common, many of today’s older individuals opt for retirement community living.
Get a Pet
Pets make some of the best companions. For the perfect way to ease mood disorders like depression, anxiety, stress, loneliness, etc., a companion animal works wonders – particularly for those who live alone. You get a best friend who will always provide unconditional love and someone who needs you as much as you need them. Adopt an animal from a shelter, rather than purchasing from a pet store, if possible. These animals are in dire need of love and attention.
Important for both your body and your brain, regular exercise is a good idea whether you’re just starting out or have been participating in a fitness regime for years. Particularly if you are leading a sedentary life, even the littlest bit of exercise – just to get you started – will be an improvement. Figure out what works for you, be it swimming, walking, chair yoga, line dancing, or what have you.
Blood sugar and heart problems are not uncommon in retirement age individuals. Balanced nutrition and heart-healthy foods are important to reduce the risk of disease and weak bones. More so than in your younger years, you may find yourself being more easily affected by alcohol, sugar, red meat, fried foods, etc. Though you should allow yourself a little “cheat meal” every now and then – occasional indulgences are the spice of life – make sure that lots of water, fresh vegetables, and fruits, protein, etc. are in your diet.
Your Health Is a Priority
Never ignore symptoms if you notice them, always take preventative actions, and regularly visit your doctor for evaluations and tests. In your younger years, you may have used the approach of “Well, let’s wait and see.” Now, however, in your golden years, that can be risky, at best. If you smoke, quit smoking. Eat well. Maintain a healthy weight.
Here’s what it all boils down to…
Do whatever you can do to control your health – because life, itself, affords us very little opportunity for control, more times than not.