Wellness first is always a good prescription. Not only does investing in wellness often lead to longer lives, it leads to healthier and more fulfilling lives too. Fewer aches and pains, fewer medications, and fewer problems. So you can live your best life! But, there is so much advice and information out there, it can be hard to know exactly what to do in order to age gracefully with a wellness-focused lifestyle.
Simple advice that can help you age gracefully and live a wellness-focused lifestyle
Living your best life, and aging gracefully in the process, doesn’t require a complicated plan. In fact, the steps to take are very simple and easy to add to your daily life.
Here are some of the easiest ways to age gracefully while investing in a wellness-focused lifestyle:
Many experts agree that meditation is good for your health. But how can it help you age gracefully? It can help you reduce stress and anxiety, which can lead to a host of health problems, let alone decreased quality of life.
Some data shows that it can impact brain health, reducing your risk of age-related cognitive decline. It has been shown to help lower blood pressure, promote a sense of calm and kindness, and many other benefits. Health benefits. Emotional benefits. All of which help your mind and body age more gracefully.
Eat the right foods
This one is a no brainer. Of course you need to eat the right foods! But, the food you eat plays a massive role in how you look, feel, and age. It significantly impacts your quality of life, and the effects are only magnified as you age.
The simplest way to distill nutrition advice for seniors is this: Eat whole foods, mostly plants. Eat less of the packaged stuff, and less added sugar, salt, and fat. Enjoy those things, but in moderation. Load up on the whole grains, leafy greens, fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins.
Add movement to your day
A little bit of movement makes it easier to keep moving! Talk to your doctor if you haven’t exercised in awhile or if you have any health conditions. But, if you get the green light, it’s time to start moving. From walking every day to yoga and light stretching. Tennis or badminton, golf or even jogging. There are so many activities out there that are good for your mind, body, and soul.
If you try any or all of the options on this list and don’t enjoy them, drop them and try something else. Movement and exercise are supposed to be fun!
Meeting with friends, and making new ones, is good for our health, and can help us age more gracefully. Whether it’s getting together for a board game, grabbing a cup of coffee, or eating dinner, spending time with friends and family is an important part of our mental and physical health.
The impacts of socialization are especially important as we age, as loneliness in seniors is extremely common (and unfortunately linked to a host of health ailments, including premature death).
Try new things
Adding new activities has been shown to keep your brain healthy, which can help reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other dementias. From singing a new song to picking up a new skill or hobby, trying new things is a fun and healthy way to age gracefully.
Live a wellness-focused retirement lifestyle and age gracefully at Winnwood Retirement Community.
From a range of activities and healthy dining options to opportunities to make new friends and cherish old ones, Winnwood Retirement Community offers you the opportunity to enjoy a happy and healthy retirement. Age gracefully and live your best life as a Winnwood Retirement Community resident! Contact our team today to learn more.