What you need to know
Life is not so much about length as it is about quality. Living through happy, healthy and comfortable senior years is the best each of us can hope for, so it is truly important to adhere to certain “rules” when it comes to our lifestyle in order to get to that coveted destination. If you feel as if you are not engaged with healthy habits quite enough, here is a guide to healthy and happy ageing.
Be picky about your accommodation
Every person that approaches retirement years should work out one major dilemma: whether to live in a privately owned household (with family or alone) or in a resort for seniors. The answer to this question lies largely in the financial department – somewhere between economic stability and access to the top quality resorts and the exclusive retirement living accommodations that offer all the amenities seniors might require. As a matter of fact, if you play your cards right and check if you are viable for certain programs, your senior years might end up being the best time of your life when it comes to comfort.
Boost your water intake
Dehydration is a thing that tends to creep up on people. As life goes on and countless obligations turn into an unbearable weight on your shoulders, you will start to forget to take care of yourself. It begins with simple matters – a few meals skipped here and there, eating fast food to save time, taking up bad habits such as smoking to curb your anxiety – but it all stacks up to create a real mess in one’s body.
Still, one of the most apparently innocuous habits, not drinking enough water, translates to the worst possible health side effects. Without enough water, your body will not clean out toxins as effectively, your brain will not be fed with enough blood flow which leads to dementia, and you will look significantly older than your age. Therefore, try to keep a bottle of fresh water nearby and sip whenever you can.
Diet is crucial
While we are on the topic of bad habits, the aforementioned fast food should be thrown out of your diet. Every now and then, none of us can resist a tasty slice of pizza or a juicy hamburger, but this should be more of a “special occasion” kind of a deal than a regular habit. In order to stay energetic and in a good mood, you have to make sure you are eating a balanced diet that will have a bit of everything (unless you are intolerant or allergic to a particular food).
Furthermore, even if you do not get to have a day-full of diverse meals and snacks, there is a set of vitamins that you simply have to take in every day. These vitamins are C, D, B-12, as well as Magnesium, Selenium and Zinc. Try to get enough vitamin D from soaking up the sunrays. Add a banana or two to the mix for the proper intake of Potassium, chug it all down with a glass-full of water and you are set.
Keep on moving
While spending most of the time in the sunny outdoors is the best way to keep your spirits up, it is also important to keep your blood pumping. You do not have to go on extensive and serious fitness programs and you do not have to acquire discipline when it comes to exercising. You just have to adopt an age-old philosophy that says: life is movement. Dart around town every day, visit your friends and have a few laughs, but try to get to your destination on foot or on a bicycle. Keep walking or even jog every morning for good measure to stay in good shape and enjoy the benefits of a healthy and happy retirement for as long as you can.
It is true that aging brings many changes to the life of each person – and these changes are not merely physical. Behavioural patterns tend to alter as well as cognitive abilities. However, when it comes to physical and mental deterioration, not everything should be left in the hands of fate. As a matter of fact, with some of these tips for healthy and happy aging applied to your lifestyle, you can ensure your senior years are a true delight.