The start of a new year brings more than a new calendar. While any time is a good time to make a positive change, the start of a new year seems to spur people in that direction. It may be relaxation after time off at the holidays, the thought of "out with the old" or the constant media attention to resolutions. Whatever motivates you to make a change, what is the right resolution for you? Our list of resolutions for Boomers has some exceptional suggestions.
1. Increase Physical Activity
You may think you are active already but increasing the amount of movement in your life is ALWAYS a good idea. From desk jobs to cold grey days, this time of year can be a hard time to keep moving. The data on the benefits of physical activity is everywhere. It is good for your brain, your spirit and your body. Either increase an activity you already enjoy or...
2. Learn Something New
Novelty is good for the brain. Try a new physical activity to meet our first suggestion. If you are a runner or walker, try yoga. If you were an team athlete in the past, find an adult league and rekindle your passion for a favorite sport.
Maybe you have always wanted to learn photography, or to write a book, or ride a motorcycle! Whatever your desire, where there is a will, there is a way. From You Tube videos to books and classes in your community. There is always time to learn something new. Go for something that seems crazy to you - something you have been curious about but never tried. It may just be your favorite thing.
3. Meet New People
While becoming more physically active or learning something new, you might just meet this suggestion to meet new people. Increasing socialization has been proven to increase physical health, decrease depression and pain, increase immune function and increase overall happiness. If your interests lean toward more solitary endeavors, make an effort to get out and meet people. Ask a friend to lunch, check out your local community center or church or start volunteering.
4. Try Healthier Foods
Take a hard look at your current eating habits (with a little leeway for the holidays!) and see where some positive changes can be made. Decreasing the use of processed foods and adding more fruits and vegetables will have benefits on all aspects of your health. Start small and change one thing at a time. Simply adding 1 serving of fruit or vegetables a day to your diet will provide health benefits. Or start with cutting out 1 thing you know isn't benefiting your health and go from there. You will be amazed how good you can feel!
5. Get Your Paperwork in Order
Our first 4 suggestions were resolutions for you. This one is for your family. Having experienced the death of too many loved ones in recent years, I can personally attest that having assets, trusts and wills set up makes things so much easier for those left behind. Talk to a lawyer and a financial adviser to make things are set up to honor your wishes. Even if it costs some money on the front end, it will save time, money and heart ache for those in charge in the end. Health care power of attorney papers and medical directives are also important to set up before they are needed. Don't leave your loved ones guessing and arguing about your desires when it comes to end of life issues.
Here is to a Happy and Healthy 2016!