How are you celebrating this day? More important, what do you do during the year to ensure on this day you’re healthy and fit? Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and keeping mind and body active help keep everyone fit. Many community centers offer special activities focused on seniors. May 28th is an excellent day to explore those. It’s never too late to change lifetime habits that lead to better health. Why not celebrate your health every day of the year and be at your fitness best?
- Start each day with a small meal to break your fast. A high protein smoothie first thing in the morning will work wonders for your energy level.
- Walk at least 20 minutes a day, preferably 5 to 6 days a week.
- Do not overexert yourself; consider your overall physical condition including age, sex, muscle mass and medical conditions.
- Drink at least 5 cups of water a day. Although other fluids contribute to hydration, water is best.
- If you’re still smoking, stop now!
- If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation, and if taking medications, consult with your doctor or pharmacist about possible side effects.
- Be aware of your vision and balance. Both contribute to preventing falls.
- Keep your mind alert. Read or listen to the news, listen to a challenging talk radio show, or do puzzles, cross-word puzzles, or play games.
- Maintain your social life. Stay active. Inactivity is not only bad for the body, but may cause depression. Depression can lead to even less activity and overeating.
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