Healthy Aging Month Tips: 6 Healthy Lifestyle Ideas

fruits_vegetables_shutterstock_AfricaStudioBy Amy Davis, senior housing expert, Mansions Senior Living. These tips are part of the Healthy Aging® tip series.

Take cat naps

It’s proven that naps are not just good for toddlers but for people of all ages. A study revealed people who take naps are 37% less likely to die from heart disease.

Mix & mingle with the right crowd

There is clear link between having the right social ties and living a longer life. Surround yourself around positive people who help lift you up and encourage you to follow your dreams. Continue your old hobbies and find new activities that you can do with your friends or alone.

Stay active

Exercise regularly. It is recommended to get least 2.5 hours of exercise a week. Not everyone likes the gym but how about a nice nature walk or dancing?

Set realistic goals

Make a plan to clearly define where you are going and how you will get there. Research has shown those who have a clear sense of purpose and drive have a less chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

Budget and spend your money wisely

Create a budget. Know where your money is going. Try to cut down your expenses. Not being able to afford the things you want to do in life can add stress your life. Look at ways you can lower regular bills and allocate it to other things like traveling, hobbies or sports.

Eat foods that give you natural energy

Iron Rich: If you feel lethargic it may be worth examining if you are eating iron rich foods. It’s a fact that almost 10% of women are iron deficient. Increasing your iron intake will get more oxygen to your cells by eating more foods like spinach, beans, dried fruit and meats.

Right Formula for every meal: It’s one thing to eat one or two healthy foods a day but if you add the right foods at the right times together it will give you more energy. One example is one fruit or veggie, a whole grain, a lean protein, a plant-based fat food (avocado, nuts, coconut oil) and top it off with a fresh herb or spice.

Healthy snacking: Everyone knows to stay away from processed sugar foods but there are many other snack options out there that are just as bad. It’s great to read the labels to see what you’re eating instead of going for a convenient packaged item like chips try nuts, dried fruit or trail mix. Consider making your own fruit and energy nut bars. You will notice a difference in your energy levels as you continue to make healthier snack choices.

These tips were provided by Mansion Senior Living, a retirement community with locations in Oklahoma and Georgia.

*Photo: Shutterstock. AfricaStudio

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