Low energy levels are common amongst seniors, and this can be both frustrating and unhealthy. But there are multiple ways to increase energy, feel more productive and stay healthy.
Keeping physically active is important for a healthy lifestyle. Retirement communities offer a variety of means of exercise that accommodate seniors at any fitness level; group classes or individual programs offer exercises tailored specifically for seniors, and there are even exercises that can be done in the suite. Take advantage of nice weather and get outdoors for a walk, but be sure to apply sunscreen first and wear a hat. Don’t let cooler weather stop you from enjoying the fresh air- just take along a sweater. The important thing is to keep moving in any way possible.
EAT A HEALTHY DIET
The role of diet as it relates to energy cannot be overstated. A healthy, balanced diet, consisting primarily of protein, healthy fats and whole grains while limiting sugars, refined carbohydrates and processed foods, is vital to long-lasting health and increased energy. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are common ailments and of particular importance for seniors. With a doctor’s recommendations, consider adding to your diet a variety of vitamin or mineral supplements curated for your needs. Living in a retirement community is a great way to ensure your dietary needs are met, as kitchen staff are competent and eager to provide delicious and healthy meals for seniors.
People were created with a need for relationship with others. Spending quality time with friends and family are of the utmost importance to a healthy life, and an easy way to increase energy. Socialization is one of the best aspects of retirement living communities, as the communal lifestyle provides relationships and community support within easy reach. Doing leisure activities together, having good
conversation and just knowing that friends and supporters are nearby are all benefits to living in a retirement community and facilitate an enjoyable and healthy lifestyle. However, considering the current health crisis, take appropriate precautions when socializing to keep everyone safe.
PARTICIPATE IN STIMULATING ACTIVITIES
Keeping the brain stimulated and active is vital to health and is a key aspect of keeping energized. Puzzles, crosswords, strategy games such as Scrabble or Chess, and thought-provoking conversations are all great means of having fun and keeping the brain engaged.
CONSULT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Regular appointments with a general practitioner is central to staying healthy-physically, mentally and emotionally. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have. They will be able to recommend the best course of action, whether that be referral to a therapist to speak with, exercise routines or dietary recommendations.
Increasing and maintaining energy levels is important for seniors to help keep a healthy lifestyle. There are a variety of ways of doing this, and living in a retirement living community is a safe and wonderful one.
By Guest Writer Rhianna-Lynn