Massively Improve the Quality of Your Senior Years by Including These 5 Simple Things Into Your Everyday Routine.
A lot a focus is put on how to extend the years we live — and rightfully so.
There are plenty of things you can do on a daily basis that will help increase the quantity of your senior years.
Just as important, however, is improving the quality of those extended years.
As a senior looking to live their best life, here are some things you can do to ensure you thrive in your golden years.
Get your gut health in order
Everyone knows a healthy diet is important, but did you know that the composition of your gut bacteria (aka your gut microbiome) plays a vital role in regulating aspects of your mental health?
Having a good balance of the right microbes in your intestinal system can positively affect your mood, and therefore, your overall quality of life.
Some ways to better your gut health include eating more fermented foods (yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi) and taking a probiotic supplement.
Read more books
Picking up a book and reading for just 30 minutes has been linked to a 50-percent reduction in the risk of acquiring dementia or some other form of cognitive disease.
Reading keeps your brain stimulated and promotes the development of new neural pathways — even in older age.
Keep your brain sharp, and your quality of life will skyrocket.
Use technology to increase your in-home safety
Peace of mind knowing you’re safe in your own home can greatly benefit your quality of life.
Feeling safe and secure is a treat for your mental health.
This is especially true of seniors with disabilities or mobility issues.
Medical alert systems have gotten smarter and more affordable over the past decade, and they can help you take control of your safety status inside the home.
Make sure the technology you get is reliable and user-friendly enough to make it worth it.
You should also consider smart home innovations like voice assistants (like Amazon Alexa), smart lighting, smart locks, and total home security as well.
Smart home devices can provide the elderly with entertainment, comfort, and safety.
Exercise at least 3.5 hours per week (but be thoughtful about it)
Instead of pushing yourself to exercise 30 minutes per day, shoot for an average total of 3.5 hours per week.
It sounds like a lot, but it won’t feel like too much if you choose exercises that are enjoyable and don’t cause you additional pain and strain.
Exercise is of the utmost importance for seniors who wish to maintain a high level of physical and mental health, but doing the wrong exercises can cost you, as your bones, joints, muscles, and tendons need senior-friendly activities.
Instead of running and hitting the barbells, try swimming, stationary biking, yoga, and resistance band training.
If you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan through an insurer like Humana, you automatically gain access to the SilverSneakers program, which will get you into fitness centers in your area, as well as around the country.
Join a hobby club
There are billions of people on the planet that are now all connected through the internet.
One consequence of this is that you can find like-minded people wherever you turn.
No matter what you’re passionate about, you can probably find a group of other people dedicated to the same hobby.
As a senior, both socializing and learning new hobbies to keep your mind engaged become paramount.
Finding a hobby club — whether online or in your local community — will help you do both.
And if one doesn’t exist around you, start your own!
Your golden years are largely what you make of them.
You have more control over the caliber of your senior years than you may think, so step forward and claim them as yours today!
Start with some of these tried-and-true ways to boost your quality of life.
Article written by Jason at strongwell.org