Welcome Spring! It’s the wonderful time of the year when snow finally melts, and the trees begin to blossom. Welcome to the new season, we can’t wait until temperatures start going up, and we see our areas come back alive. Spring is a perfect season to bring your focus back to your overall wellness and recommit to a healthy lifestyle that has you feeling your best.
Take Yourself in for a Tune Up
Check In for a Check Up – After a long winter spent indoors it is time to get back to the doctor for a annual check up! A periodic well-exam for all ages is not just about good medical care, but it also gives you the opportunity to learn more about beneficial health habits, counseling and community support services as well as an overall view of the best ways to take care of yourself and your family for a lifetime. While you're there, ask your doctor for his or her approval on any fitness goals or diet changes you may be ready to make. Once you have the all-clear and a good bill of health, you can move forward into this sunny season without any worries.
Go out for a Walk
As a senior, you may not be able to work at the same pace or rate that you used to, so don't be hard on your self. Work at a comfortable pace that is safe for your physical condition, take breaks and enjoy daily walks to get much-needed Vitamin D. Walking is one of the best physical activities for your body and for your mind, helping you to gain focus, clarity and better overall health as you step!
Eat your Vegetables
Revamp Your Diet with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – Take advantage of the variety of vegetables available during spring. A healthy diet includes adding vegetables and fruit every day. Vegetables like asparagus, peas, cauliflower, strawberry, broccoli, tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, salads, and are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Try to eat about 3 to 5 servings every day. Fruit is also a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. You should try to eat about 2 to 3 servings of fruit each day.
Remember that you should never undertake a new diet or exercise plan without consulting your doctor about what will be safe for your current level of health.
Plant a Garden
To go along with healthy eating, a herb garden provides not only gardening fun, but also healthy and tasty ingredients for your favorite dishes.
Water is an important nutrient too! Don’t let yourself get dehydrated—drink small amounts of fluids consistently throughout the day. Tea, coffee, and water are your best choices. Keep fluids with sugar and salt at a minimum, unless your doctor has suggested otherwise.
The winds are blowing stronger this time of year. Some days are warmer than others.
Even though the weather is getting warmer, make sure you keep that scarf on and refrain from walking around barefoot until the sun is shining more consistently.
Spring is an exciting time of transition, but don’t let your enthusiasm get ahead of you!
For seniors, allergies pose a higher risk than for any other age group. In fact, a growing number of seniors are developing allergies for the first time in older age. Check your local allergy forecast to plan your day. Protect Yourself From Pollen When You Go Outdoors. Take an Exercise Class
In addition to walking, get your endorphins flowing by signing up for a low-impact aerobics or other type of exercise class. Consider Yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi, all of which can improve balance and flexibility and decrease your chances of falling. Aquafit is another fun and social way to increase physical fitness, one that can be especially suitable if you have arthritis or chronic pain.
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