• Improve Your Health and Feel Better With a Great Activity and Diet

    Improve Your Health and Feel Better With a Great Activity and Diet

Eating healthy foods and staying fit may help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, improving how you feel. Improving your health with regular activity and a great diet overflows from just fitness to improve your mood and reduce inflammation in joint pain. It’s never too late to start living your best life.

Improve Your Health

Why Should I Improve My Health

Aside from making you feel better, there are many health-related conditions that can be largely prevented by maintaining a healthy diet and activity level. Some of these conditions are:

But improving your health is all about preventing things from happening and enhancing your abilities. Here are a few things that might improve with your new lifestyle:

  • Have more energy
  • Feel better about yourself
  • Reduce stress
  • Set an example for your grandkids

Your friends and family could be a great source of support as you work toward your goal of healthier habits. 

Should I Talk to a Professional

You shouldn’t need to talk to your doctor if you are starting a less intense activity routine, like walking. However, if you have a chronic condition, like high blood sugar, talk with your health care professional about the type of activity and amount that would be best for you.

How Much Activity Do I Need?

To improve your health, aim for roughly 150 minutes of activity per week or 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week. Moderate activities are ones that you can talk, but not sing while performing the activity. You should be breathing more heavily and sweating. This means your heart rate is raised, which is what we are working towards.

Handling Mental Roadblocks

It’s not always easy to just become more active. People have different reasons for finding difficulty in increasing their daily activity. If you hit one of these roadblocks, try some of our tips for overcoming them.

I Don’t Have Time

Can’t find the time to do a full 30 minutes? That’s alright. Just find time to do a few minutes of activity like jumping jacks or planks. You can find a few minutes, can’t you?

It Costs Too Much

Yes, it’s true that gym subscriptions can be costly. However, if you live in a senior community, you often have free access to the gym. If not, you don’t need a gym to stay active. Try walking around your block or find free workout videos online. YouTube is a great resource for finding new routines to keep you interested in your workout.

It’s a Chore

Well, it certainly can be, especially if you haven’t been active for a while as is common after an injury or surgery. However, with some effort, you can get back on the right track and kick it into high gear. Try asking a friend to workout with you. This will help keep you accountable.

How Can I Eat Healthier?

We all know that healthy eating requires fruits and veggies with some small portions of protein and whole grains. These foods provide essential nutrients like fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Whether you are planning meals to make at home or trying to improve your eating habits at restaurants think about including:

  • Salads
  • Fat-free products
  • Different colored fruits
  • Lean protein
  • Whole grains

Handling Mental Roadblocks

Try these tips for handling the mental roadblocks that come with changing your diet.

I Don’t Have Time to Cook Healthy Meals

Eating healthy doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time. Nor do you even need to cook at home, though it might help. If you are living in a senior lifestyle community, many offer healthy meal plans. If you are living independently, here are a few ways you can prepare healthier meals:

  • Buy frozen or pre-cut veggies
  • Make extra when you cook for leftovers
  • Try online sources like YouTube to help you make healthier meals

It Costs Too Much

You don’t have to spend a fortune to eat better, try some of these tips:

  • Avoid buying single portion snacks that cost more.
  • Clip coupons
  • Buy fruits and vegetables when they are in season

You Can Do It!

Really, you can. If you’ve made it this far then you have already taken the first step to a healthier and happier you. Set your goals and start your improved health routine. No matter what happens after this point, just remember, you can do it!

Looking for some other new secrets to living a healthy lifestyle? With this FREE A-Z guide on Living and Aging the Way You Want you can learn the ABCs of aging successfully. Download your PDF and start living the lifestyle you want.

Twin Lakes is a continuing care retirement community in Cincinnati, Ohio, with independent living homes, assisted living, rehab services, and more. We’re focused on supporting the vibrant and active lifestyles of our residents so they can age well. For more information, contact Twin Lakes online or at 513-247-1300.

More Resources We Think You'll Enjoy!

Strong Connections Between Heart and Brain Health Made Simple
Master Your Exercise Routine to Improve Sleep
9 Stretches To Do At Home