September is one of the busiest times of year for health observances, but no matter how old you may be, Healthy Aging Month has a message that can resonate with anyone. Whether you’re feeling the first signs of aging or you’re approaching your golden years, it’s never too early (or too late!) to make positive life changes that can help you feel your personal best for years to come.
Ready to get started? Here are 10 quick tips to start living a healthier lifestyle this September!
- Get up and moving!
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that healthy adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (including 75 minutes of heavy aerobics) each week. Exercise is beneficial not only for the body, but also the brain, so make sure you schedule time for physical activity each week. Your flexible spending account can help pay for supportive products too!
- Stimulate your mind
A healthy mind is an active mind, so never stop learning and challenging yourself! Take dance lessons, attend a lecture at a local university, learn how to cook something new or read that book you’ve been putting off. You can learn a lot about yourself by trying something new.
- Stay social
The best way to try new things is to bring a friend along! Staying social by visiting old friends or making new ones can boost your mood and broaden your horizons.
- Improve your balance
Slips and falls are far more serious during old age, so improving your flexibility can work wonders for your long-term wellness. Tai chi classes and yoga can assist with this, you may want to look into foot cushioning insoles when you get started!
- Improve your sleep schedule
Not getting as much shuteye as you used to? The National Sleep Foundation suggests sticking to a regular schedule, avoiding electronic use one hour before bed and creating a darker sleep environment to enjoy a better sleep cycle.
- Aid your memory
Memory loss is a fact of life, but you can begin to make steps to stop it in its tracks. As you get older, try getting more organized; making lists and following routines can provide a helping hand to your memory.
- Eat smart
You are what you eat, and if you haven’t made the switch to unprocessed, natural foods, you are doing yourself a disservice! Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH, director of geriatrics at the Oregon Health & Science University, told WebMD that the Mediterranean diet is a great way to get started.
- Enjoy the great outdoors
Not only is this a great opportunity to get some extra exercise, but being outside is a great opportunity to start a conversation with a neighbor, explore a new place or simply soak up some vitamin D!
Whether you’re looking for a way to give back or a new way to socialize, volunteering is a wonderful way to get back into the community and connect with new and old friends.
- Schedule a physical
The easiest way to live a healthier life is to be as informed as possible about your overall wellness. At the very least, schedule a yearly physical so you can go over your recent health history and prepare for whatever may be coming down the road.