As we welcome the milder days of spring, most of us have long forgotten our New Year’s resolutions. Although we were determined to eat right and exercise more in 2023, many of us have backtracked into our previous habits.
The best news is a lifestyle conducive to healthy aging is attainable and simple. When we focus on overall lifestyle changes instead of short-term diets or workout programs, we can more seamlessly integrate healthier choices into our daily lives. Try making some of these changes in stages, and you will be on track for a more active and enjoyable life.
Embrace Daily Movement
As we age, it’s most important to keep moving. Regular exercise keeps your bones, joints, and muscles strong while boosting your mood and energy levels. Whether you enjoy walking, swimming, yoga, tennis, or golf, the idea is simple: pick an activity you genuinely enjoy. When you are having fun, exercise won’t feel like a burden, and you will find ways to move your body every day.
Eat More of the Good Stuff
We all know the importance of eating well, but sticking to that commitment is difficult for many. Focus on the small steps you can take to up your nutrition game. Aim to fill at least half of your plate with veggies. Also, slow down! Savor each bite to notice the delicious flavors and when you are feeling full. Staying hydrated by drinking water will also keep you alert throughout the day.
Stay in Touch with Your Doctor
Make – and keep! – your regular doctor’s visits to put you in the best control of your health. By monitoring certain health indicators regularly, you can intervene earlier and prevent or slow the onset of chronic conditions. You can also talk with your doctor about your mental and emotional health, which are critically important as we age.
As a model of healthy and active aging, every Brightview Senior Living community is committed to holistic wellness for all residents. Between our SPICE in Motion fitness classes, daily programs and events held throughout the community, and outside trips, residents are encouraged to leave their apartments, socialize, and be engaged daily. Our chefs use seasonal produce and fresh ingredients to provide delicious and healthy meals, with various menu options catering to everyone’s needs. We also like to host daily happy hour for residents to wind down from an eventful day and enjoy a fabulous dessert.
Brightview associates work with a trusted network of providers and therapists to bring care services directly to residents. We look at every aspect of wellness and seamlessly incorporate them into community life, leading to better outcomes for all our residents.
This year, don’t feel the need to start a restrictive diet or intense workout regime. Adopt a healthy lifestyle compatible with active aging. We encourage residents to keep it simple and fun; and a vibrant future is yours to make!
Brightview Senior Living builds, owns, and operates award-winning vibrant senior living communities in eight states along the East Coast: Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. We offer senior Independent Living, Assisted Living, Enhanced Care, and Wellspring Village®, a specialized neighborhood for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Schedule a personal visit to experience our communities firsthand.