Senior Wellnes The Best Tips For Health In Spring
After a long and dark winter, you might feel inspired to make changes to enhance your health. If that is the case, read on to find out how you can rejuvenate your life this spring. Whether you're living in a senior community already, living independently, living with a family member, these spring health tips are worth taking into account.
Take Yourself in for a Tune Up
To keep your body running at peak performance, it needs regular maintenance a spring tune-up, so to speak. Get your weight, blood pressure, and glucose and cholesterol levels checked out by your primary-care physician.
In addition, if it's been a year since your eyes were tested, schedule an appointment with your optometrist, and see your dentist if you haven't been examined for at least 6-9 months.
Finally, if you are finding it difficult to catch what people are saying, especially in a crowd of people, it's probably time to get your hearing tested.
Put on Your Walking Shoes
If you're no fan of winter, your whole world may expand once the spring sun settles in. And there's no better way to explore the season then by walking. Walking is one of the best physical activities for seniors its considerable benefits include controlling blood sugar, supporting bone, heart health and improving sleep.
Get Outside and Garden
Gardening brings a multitude of health benefits. For starters, tending to a garden can boost your level of Vitamin D, which can, in turn, help reduce the risk of bone problems and fractures.
On an emotional level, getting outside and breathing fresh air, listening to birds chirp, and watching worms crawl through the dirt can be as calming and relaxing as an hour of meditation. On a physical level, digging, planting and weeding can improve strength, flexibility and agility.
Lighten Up Your Diet
Many healthy fruits and veggies, like asparagus, peas, lettuce, and strawberries come into season in the spring, making it the perfect time to replace heavier winter meals with salads, light soups or other lightly cooked fare. In fact, cut down your chances of developing conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis, by making a complete dietary overhaul.
Consider cutting down on red meat and processed foods, replacing white flour with whole grain flour, and increasing your intake of produce as well as healthy fats such as olive oil and avocados.
Drink Lots of Water
As you age, your ability to notice thirst may decrease, so it's important to keep an eye on water intake, especially when you've been exercising outdoors in the sun. Dehydration can adversely affect memory and concentration and increase fatigue; it can also lead to serious complications such as increased risk of falls. Aim for at least eight cups of water per day, and be conscious about the type of fluid that you ingest.
Watch for Allergies
Springtime can mean the beginning of allergies for people who react badly to grass and pollen. Keep an eye on weather reporters and websites now offer allergy predictions as well. Untreated allergies aren't just uncomfortable they can lead to breathing problems, sinus infections, and colds.
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