When you invest in your health, you aren’t just taking care of yourself physically — you’re also caring for yourself mentally and promoting personal happiness at the same time. Scientists have discovered that health is more integral to happiness than any other personal factors, such as marital status or income. This becomes especially true as you get older. Many seniors agree that health is the key to happiness in retirement. That being said, maintaining your mental and physical well-being doesn’t have to be a burden. Check out the below tips to staying healthy to get started.
Get help through assisted living if you need it
If you find tasks such as cooking and cleaning are becoming a burden, you may consider joining an assisted living community. When you have others taking care of these tasks, you can focus on other things like taking part in healthy habits, which can include everything from gardening to book clubs. You can research your options online. Look for a facility that suits your needs; for instance, if you have a cat, make sure they are pet-friendly. However, keep in mind that prices vary significantly; for example, you can easily spend an average of $40,020 per year on assisted living in Pennsylvania.
Make your home a safer space with technology
If you aren’t ready for assisted living, you can promote your health at home by making some modifications to ease day-to-day life; you might consider installing a walk-in shower, grab rails, and slip-proof mats in the bathroom to help avoid falls. You can also make life easier by taking advantage of modern smart technology. These devices can be used to control in-home entertainment systems, and even control lighting, heating, and cooling in different rooms. You can even see who's at the door by checking the doorbell camera at any time and calling the authorities if something is amiss.
Approach nutrition as a fun hobby, not a chore
Now that you aren’t working, you have plenty of time to spend in the kitchen. Cooking doesn’t have to be a chore but can become a fun hobby. Making your own food saves you money and is healthier for you: Science Daily reveals that people who cook for themselves tend to benefit from more nutritious meals than those who eat out. Look for senior-friendly recipes that include a healthy balance of grains, proteins, vegetables, fruits, and dairy. There are many easy recipes you can make yourself, such as a breakfast frittata or a quick black bean chili. If you want help managing your recipes, just turn to your phone. There are many useful apps that allow you to look up and save recipes, and even coordinate your recipe ingredients needs with your grocery shopping list
Find a senior-friendly form of exercise you love
Regular exercise helps you maintain strength and flexibility as you get older. However, the key to maintaining a routine is finding a form of physical activity that you actually enjoy. Look for options that are easy on your joints, which tend to weaken with age, such as swimming, cycling, and yoga. If you find yourself struggling with motivation, look to group exercise classes. Studies show that people are more motivated and less likely to skip workouts when they have others alongside them. This is also an opportunity to get out and about and socialize with others. You may even be able to get discounts on exercise programs, for example through the Medicare SilverSneakers initiative.
These tips are practical, affordable, and easy to implement. Incorporate them into your regular routine and you will find yourself feeling more invigorating and energized — and better able to enjoy day-to-day life as a result. This will let you make the most of your retirement and stay healthy for years to come.