Having a lifestyle with healthy habits can create a higher quality of life. A lively everyday routine can boost senior energy levels and give a better handle on the inevitable physical changes of aging.
10 Healthy Habits for Energy and Vitality
1. Mental Stimulation:
Playing mind games or learning a new instrument can keep the mind sharp, warding off cognitive impairment. Taking part in these habits can boost creativity and mental energy. Maintaining the brain is mentally healthy and rewarding.
Starting the day with a brisk walk can jump start your metabolism. Meditation and yoga include deep breathing that can activate your core muscles and entire system. Aerobic classes, such as zumba get oxygen moving through the whole body giving the body energy.
3. No Cigarettes:
Quitting smoking can add years back to your life. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable illness and mortality in the U.S. Not smoking will reduce the risk of chronic disease, improve breathing, smell, and taste. Lastly, quitting boosts your overall energy and health.
4. Foods High in Protein:
Eating foods rich in carbohydrates creates a sense of sleepiness because it releases sleep producing serotonin. Meals with lean proteins such as chicken on a bed of greens will give you more energy. Protein helps you stay full longer and gives you more sustained energy levels.
Creating a good sleep routine can help you feel fresh and awake throughout the day. It’s important to have your bedroom be a space that you feel comfortable in, so you can sleep your best.
Ensuring that you are getting the right amount of calcium and vitamin D is essential to retaining energy, flexibility, and strength. Make sure you are avoiding deficiencies in key nutrients that can lead to fatigue or chronic illness.
7. Fun Hobbies:
It’s important to find meaningful activities that bring joy to your life. With more time on your hands it’s possible to try new hobbies, such as volunteering or learning a new language. These enjoyable moments can energize and motivate you in your life.
8. Manage Stress:
Practicing mindfulness can relieve stress in your daily life. Being thankful for your family or your new hobby can bring joy into everyday. An overall positive outlook on life gives us more energy and happiness.
Seniors have an increased risk for dehydration, so it’s important that you get enough liquids everyday. This can be done by drinking herbal tea or water or eating water-rich foods, such as cucumber and watermelon. If you don’t drink enough it can lead to fatigue, so it’s recommended to drink 2 liters daily.
Keeping close ties with family and friends can ward off depression and loneliness. Moments spent with your loved ones can keep you cheerful and vital. It’s also possible to meet new people through fun new hobbies.
Reno Valley Assisted Living and Retirement Community
Reno Valley is an assisted living and retirement community that makes living independently, while at the same time feeling safe and secure, a reality. We strive to provide the best quality of life for all residents including those suffering from loneliness and depression.
We offer a comprehensive activity program that includes both physical and social activities to encourage emotional wellbeing. Our staff is trained to assist those with depression. If you or a loved one are considering assisted living, contact Reno Valley today to learn more about our services or tour our community.