The Active Senior

Studies show that people who stay active for their whole life are likely to stay healthy. Staying active increases your overall mental, spiritual, and emotional health. But how do you stay active as a senior?

 

Here are four ways to help you stay more active as a Senior:

 

1. Never Lose your Curiosity

 

This simply means that you never lose your desire to grow as a person. It means that you never lose your desire to learn more! There is an endless amount of knowledge and skills to learn. Do what you are interested in – make them your hobbies, make them your passions. Doing what you love gives you energy.

 

And with that energy, the more you will be able to do what you love!

 

 

2. Help More People

 

“It is better to give than to receive” is a saying for a reason. Stay active in something that is fulfilling. Giving back and helping others is the best reward a person can have. It is a privilege to have a time in your life where you have the ability to give back.

 

Volunteering and giving back to your community helps not only the people around you, but yourself as well!

 

 

3. “Take your Vitamins!”

 

We may be used to hearing this phrase, but we forget how vital daily supplements are to our health and energy. It is scientifically proven that multivitamins other supplements fight cancer, reduce stress and anxiety, reduce heart attack risk, and much more! Vitamin D itself helps muscles move (helping prevent falls and fractures), regulates cell growth, carries messages through the nervous system, and fights infection.

 

4. Keep Everything in Balance

 

We sometimes imagine life as seniors as a leisurely time of life: one with endless flexibility. There is some truth to this. There are times when it is nice utilizing the lack of a 40+ hour workweek tying you down to a routine. But there is something to be said for having a schedule and a routine and sticking to it. Depending on our personalities, it is easy to fit too much (or too little!) into our week. Sticking to a plan and a routine is easy on the body, the mind, and the spirit. Pushing yourself too hard taxes you physically, slows you down mentally, and can easily drain you emotionally.

 

On the flip side, not being active enough has detrimental effect on your mental and physical health. Balancing your life is everything. Staying active is important, but needs to stay in check.

 

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