While there are certain unavoidable instances that happen as we get older, many of the things chalked up to “old age” can be prevented or at least managed. Through nutrition, activity, and adopting a lifestyle of overall wellness, it’s possible to look and feel younger in just weeks.
In numerous studies, researchers have asserted that mental and emotional health has a direct link to physical well-being. By keeping your mind sharp and focused (and your mood and general demeanor positive and welcoming), you’re helping promote a longer life.
Discover how these subtle lifestyle changes add up to major health improvements:
Revamp Your Routine
Some people find it difficult to focus without a morning cup of coffee. While there’s certainly noting wrong with that, health experts recommend drinking at least one glass of water for every cup of coffee you have — especially in the morning. Since coffee is a diuretic, many people feel sluggish and experience difficulty focusing after drinking many cups of coffee. Drinking equal amounts of water will counteract those effects.
It’s also wise to create a sleep schedule and stick to it. Researchers have found that going to bed and waking at the same time each day contributes to increased mental alertness and physical ability.
One way to ensure sticking to a routine is to include regular programs and activities. There’s always something fun and exciting happening at our four Volusia County senior centers. View our event calendar to find interesting things happening at a COA senior center near you.
Focus on Nutrition
Give your refrigerator a makeover by putting fruits and vegetables in a more prominent space. Rather than hiding these foods in drawers, consider eye-level placement. Health experts say this makes it more likely to choose a healthy option over sugary drinks and snacks.
It’s nice to have a little something sweet after meals. Consider substituting dark chocolate, frozen yogurt, and fresh fruit (such as berries) for richer and calorie-heavy options. When those treats are saved for special occasions, it makes enjoyment of them all the better.
Make Activity a Habit
Many people shy away from exercise with the idea that it’s only beneficial if you’re huffing and puffing and breaking a sweat. The fact is, even gardening counts as activity.
In addition, there are many low-impact options, including yoga, water aerobics, weight training, and more. A brisk walk around the block provides near-instant improvement to cardiovascular health.
Some opt instead for indoor activity, such as strolling in the mall or home exercise videos. These are all fine options. So long as you’re moving according to your capacity and ability, you’ll quickly see improvement to your physical, mental, and emotional health.
At any of our four Volusia County senior centers, you can get involved in exercise classes, dancing, games, and many other social and physical programs.
Increase Social Contact
Humans are social creatures and we need regular contact with other people in order to maintain optimal physical, emotional, and mental health. It’s important to make time to interact with others in meaningful ways.
We have three dining sites where you can get a nutritious meal. Our four Volusia County senior centers also serve as dining sites. Here, in addition to eating, you can engage in social activity such as games, movies, and simple conversation and fellowship with like-minded people.
Contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. Better yet, stop by one of our convenient locations to get involved today.