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3 Healthy Habits to Keep Seniors Going Strong in 2022

The new year is a great time to start implementing healthy habits, especially for seniors.

The new year is a great time to start implementing healthy habits, especially for seniors. Adopting healthy habits for Arizona seniors is a great way to keep going strong in 2022 and beyond that. We understand that it can be overwhelming to wonder where to start or which healthy habits you should start adding to your daily or weekly routines. To help make things easier for you, here are three healthy habits for Arizona seniors to start that will help you keep going strong in 2022.

1. Eat Well

As you get older, your nutritional needs change along with your body. One common change is that there is a decrease in appetite. This can be because your body is not moving as much or because of the medications you are on. Because of this, it’s even more important to make sure that the foods you are eating are filled with the right nutrients to keep your muscles and body strong.

Eating sufficient protein can help prevent muscle mass loss, as well as decrease the chance of bone fractures or infection. Reducing your salt intake can decrease your risk of high blood pressure or heart failure. Also, increasing the number of minerals in your diet is of great benefit. For instance, calcium helps maintain healthy bones and decreases the risk of fractures.

2. Get Enough Sleep

Getting the appropriate amount of sleep is always important no matter what age you are. Healthy sleep has so many health benefits, such as improving memory and concentration, promoting the repair of any cell damage, and decreasing the likelihood of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and weight problems. One way to help make sure you get enough sleep is by having a regular daily routine. Have a set time you go to bed every night and a set time you wake up every morning.

3. Move Your Body

Being physically active will not only increase your physical strength, but it will help your immune system too. Moving your body does not need to be intense. Doing any moderate-intensity exercise for 20 to 30 minutes a day, or a total of 150 minutes a week, will keep you going strong. Good ideas of exercises for seniors are walking, swimming, biking, low-impact aerobics, yoga, or light weightlifting. Swimming is great because it puts less pressure on your joints, and walking has been linked to giving you a lower risk of stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and falls.

As you can see, there are some easy healthy habits that Arizona seniors can start adding to their routines. These habits will keep them going healthy and strong. If you are looking for a senior living community that makes sure its seniors take part in healthy habits, look no further than Solterra Senior Living. Reach out to us today to learn more about our communities and all our offerings. We want all our residents to keep going strong in 2022 and beyond.