The new year is well under way, and that means it’s the perfect time to take a look at what goals we should have that prioritize our wellness. And this goes beyond losing a few pounds or eating more vegetables (although for some those can be great goals!) Wellness also means considering our emotional and mental health too.
Everyone’s goals need to be as unique as they are. For instance, some people may want to actually eat a bit more to maintain weight and get proper nutrition while others may want to cut back on snacking. It’s important to consider what’s right for you.
For seniors, this can be especially important as we age and may need to prioritize strategies that benefit our body and mind. Here are a few ideas for goals to set at the start of this year that look after your holistic health.
Goals for your body
Exercise regularly: Regular physical activity is important for seniors in order to maintain strength, flexibility, and balance. This can help prevent falls and other injuries, and can also improve overall health and well-being.
Many community centers offer a variety of exercise classes specifically designed for older adults, such as yoga, tai chi, and low-impact aerobics. Walking, swimming, and cycling are also great options that are easy on the joints and can be enjoyed outdoors. Just make sure to check with your doctor to make sure a new activity is right for you.
Eat a healthy diet: This is a big one for us here at Heart to Home Meals. A healthy diet is important at any age, but it becomes increasingly important as we get older. Eating a balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins can help seniors maintain their strength, energy, and overall health. Our meals are clearly labeled so you know you’re getting the nutrition you need.
Limiting sugary drinks and snacks and limiting saturated and trans fats can also help you maintain a healthy weight and lower their risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. This doesn’t mean you have to cut out all sugar! Having something to look forward to eating is a healthy practice too.
Drink plenty of water: Hydration is extremely important for seniors, as your body's ability to regulate fluid balance can decline with age. Without enough water, you risk problems like fatigue, confusion, and an increased risk of falls.
Water is the best choice for hydration, but you can also get fluids from other sources such as soups, fruits, and vegetables. It's also a good idea to carry a water bottle with you so you can easily stay hydrated throughout the day. In fact, keeping a water bottle on hand is a great, easy, and straightforward goal to set this year!
Goals for your mind
Get enough sleep: Getting enough sleep is good for every part of your body, but can be especially good for your mind. It can help you feel more rested and alert, and can also improve mood, memory, and cognitive function.
Establishing a regular bedtime routine and creating a comfortable sleep environment can help you get the rest they need. This may include setting a consistent bedtime, avoiding screens before bed, and making sure the bedroom is cool, dark, and quiet.
Stay mentally active: Engaging in mentally stimulating activities such as puzzles, reading, or games can help you give your brain a boost and prevent memory loss that’s related to aging.
Many community centers and libraries offer classes and programs specifically designed for seniors, such as language classes, art classes, and computer classes. Learning a new skill is a great way to stimulate your mind and can be fun as well!
Goals for your emotional wellness
Stay socially active: Social connections and activities are important for everyone in order to stay mentally and emotionally healthy. Participating in activities such as volunteering, joining a club or group, or simply spending time with friends and family can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
Even if your mobility is limited, using technology to stay in touch with friends and families, or joining an online community is a great way to keep up a social life.
Manage your stress: Stress can have negative effects on both physical and mental health, and it is important for everyone to find ways to manage it. Engaging in activities such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing can be helpful in reducing stress. Seeking support from friends and family, or seeking professional help if needed, is also a great idea.
A Healthy Outlook for the New Year
It’s hard to deny the motivation we feel at the beginning of a new year. Leveraging that to set goals that prioritize our health is a great way to increase our wellness now, and down the road. One place you can start is with Heart to Home Meals, where eating well is made easy (and delicious). Get in touch with us today, and we’ll show you how we can help you reach your wellness goals this year!