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Making Healthier Choices in the New Year

February 11, 2015

2015 has just begun, and like every year, millions of people have resolved to get into better shape. This very common resolution usually involves people swearing to eat healthier, exercise more and lose weight; it's also usually broken within a month or so. Living a healthy lifestyle can be difficult, and it becomes harder as you get older. That doesn't mean it's impossible, however.

A healthy lifestyle is important for every stage of your life - from childhood to old age. As a senior citizen, there are plenty of things you can do in 2015 and beyond to improve your overall well-being. Here are just a few simple things that will make a difference.

Get Plenty of Exercise

While many kinds of physical activity do get harder as you get older, you can still get plenty of exercise as a senior citizen. By the time you get to a certain age, it's best to stick to low-impact exercises such as walking, biking and swimming. All of these activities are easy on your joints, yet they help keep you flexible, prevent bone loss and keep your muscles from becoming too atrophied. Some light weightlifting helps as well, but you need to be careful about attempting something beyond your physical means; trying to lift something too heavy is a quick way to injure yourself severely. Always consult with your doctor or health professional before making any changes to your lifestyle, like starting a new diet or exercise regimen.

Find Hobbies

One of the hardest parts of living as a senior citizen in the United States can simply be keeping busy. The stereotype of an older person never leaving their home is an unfair one. Many senior citizens should and do have engaging hobbies, and these activities are great for one's mental and emotional health. There are bound to be activities that you enjoy, and your age shouldn’t prevent you from finding opportunities to become involved in them.

Join a Senior Living Community

A senior living community can provide you with all the resources you need to live a full life. Not only can these communities provide you with many of the health-related services you may need, but they also provide opportunities to socialize with others and get involved in a number of activities. There are senior living communities of all types, and there is bound to be one near you that can suit your needs.

Stay Busy and Stay Positive

One of the most important parts of remaining healthy as a senior citizen is to stay busy and stay positive. This encompasses everything mentioned above, but it cannot be stressed enough. As long as you find ways to keep busy, socialize with others and enjoy life, you can stay healthy in your later years.

Staying healthy and positive as you age is the key to a happy life. Make the most out of your senior years and consider how the senior living services and facilities of Concordia Lutheran Ministries can help add enjoyment to your later years. With a variety of service offerings from personal care services to retirement living solutions, Concordia offers seniors a unique opportunity to live in an environment free of stress and worry. At Concordia, we continue to adopt and develop services for seniors to create the most comfortable living environments possible. Contact us today and discover how we can add comfort to your everyday life!

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