7 Simple Tips For Seniors to Build Mental and Physical Strength
Guest Post by: Jason Lewis http://strongwell.org
Building your mental and physical strength can help you maximize the benefits of being a senior, but sometimes you don’t know where to start. Taking the right steps to make sure that you’re well enough to succeed is important. Here are seven simple tips and reminders that you can use to be mentally and physically strong.
Enjoy Some Breakfast
Researchers and physicians in Spain recently completed a large study that showed people who skip breakfast also experienced an increased risk of heart disease. Many people skip breakfast because they aren’t hungry or don’t want anything. Consider eating a small or light breakfast that is rich with fruit and vegetables. Start a healthy habit of eating breakfast can help ensure that you have enough energy throughout the rest of the day.
Learn a New Skill
Some people feel that learning something new, without connection to a job promotion or increased qualification, is impractical. However, studies have shown that life-long learning can help seniors maintain optimism about challenges they face, develop stronger self-confidence, and maintain an openness to new people and ideas. Whether you choose a structured, class-like environment or an independent learning activity, choose something you’ve always wanted to learn and give it a go.
As you take care of your daily responsibilities and deal with unexpected issues, it can be easy to overlook something as simple as getting an adequate amount of water. However, dehydration is a serious issue that can contribute to falls, and aging can diminish your sensitivity to thirst. Tracking your water consumption or simply planning new hydration methods can help you maintain both physical and mental vitality.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 31 million Americans over the age of 50 are insufficiently active. Physical activity can help promote positive mental health and prevent premature death.
You may not be where you want in terms of exercise, but start now by setting and achieving the goal of slightly increasing your workout time each week. For instance, if you exercised for 30 minutes last week, try to get 40 or 45 minutes this week. Then, try to increase it slightly the week after that. Try to get up every hour and walk for five minutes. Do different activities you enjoy. This simple trend can help you achieve improvements in your strength and energy.
While playing games may not be a panacea to stave off mental difficulties associated with age, recent research has shown that playing certain kinds of digital games help improve cognition or attention. Not all games are created equally, so look for games that require deep focus and complex thinking.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
Now that you finally have the time to golf, swim, or be outside more, you should also be careful to monitor your sun exposure. Damaging rays from the sun can create mutations in your DNA or negatively impact your health. Wear clothing that protects you from the sun and put on sunblock. It can help protect your skin from the sun while still allowing you to participate in all the activities you normally enjoy.
Efficiently Use Technology
The digital divide between older adults and their young counterparts once was very wide, but according to the New York Times, this divide is being closed as seniors embrace different software and technology that improve their quality of life. There are apps and devices that can help track and improve exercise, puzzle games to keep you sharp, and a host of other options that can assist in keeping you mentally and physically strong.
You’ve probably got goals and projects that you still want to accomplish. Staying healthy and sharp will help you maintain or even improve your current quality of life, and doing these simple things will help give you an edge. You’ve got a rich life ahead of you.