Dieting Direction: How to Hold onto Your Health in Your Golden Years

After reaching the golden years, most of us really start to appreciate our health. General health is not usually a major concern in younger years, but staying healthy should always be a priority as we get older. After years of bad habits, it might be difficult breaking a lifetime of excuses. Fortunately, starting new healthy habits does not have to be a huge task. It is easy to start a fitness routine at any age, and we can always eat healthier foods. Whether downsizing a home, cutting back on retirement costs, or just trying to get a healthier mindset, we can all achieve our fitness and health goals with a few of the below ideas.

Change of Mindset
Before changing a routine, it’s important to change the mindset we have about health. Thinking that getting into a fitness routine is impossible, will make it harder to reach dieting and fitness goals. Believe in improving health and take actionable steps to get there. Start with a few small changes. A daily walk around the neighborhood can improve cardiovascular health the habit of exercising ingrained into a schedule.

Start a Fitness Routine 
Without any pre-existing medical conditions, anyone should be able to switch to a more strenuous exercise routine. Being tired after your first intensive workout is normal, but a strenuous workout will improve stamina. When we stick to a regular exercise routine, it will reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular and other major health problems. An intense workout is not ideal for all seniors, and it is important to speak with a doctor before starting an intense workout regimen. Enjoy retirement in states like California and Colorado where there are plenty of hiking trails, walking paths, and biking trails. Ask a local community center where else there is opportunity for outdoor exercise.

Drink Water and Eat More Healthy Foods
Besides exercising, it is important to eat healthy foods. As we grow older, our bodies will have different dietary needs. Many women need to increase their calcium intake. Those with osteoporosis might want to take a calcium supplement. Talk to a doctor about concerns like this and be sure to get regular checkups whenever possible. Preventative care is the best way to stay on top of health overall. Eat the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables as well to get the best nutrients and to avoid sickness. Avoid foods that are packed with artificial ingredients and instead of eating sugary snacks every day, try eating more dried fruits. Stay hydrated as well. Water should always be a part of your diet, and a habit in daily life.

It is easy to become overwhelmed with all of the current diet fads, but getting the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables will improve your health. By staying healthy, we won’t have to completely eliminate sweet and salty foods from our diets. Just use smart dieting and fitness tips to keep health up in later years.

 

"Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information on good health in retirement, or getting the most of your golden years in Oregon check out Sunshine Retirement Living. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan."

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Comment by Regina Chouza on October 1, 2016 at 7:37pm

Hi Kathy! Thanks for picking this one up =)

And thank you Brooke for making the changes!

Blessings,

Regina

Comment by Kathy Custren on September 28, 2016 at 10:20pm

Part of your title "Dieting Direction" is being moved into a subheading for the article, also; FYI.

Comment by Kathy Custren on September 28, 2016 at 10:16pm

Hi, Brooke - thank you so much for responding to Regina's message and submitting with the revision. Your article is being forwarded to the publishers for use in a future edition, with our thanks ~ Blessings! 

Comment by Brooke Chaplan on September 27, 2016 at 10:33am

Thanks Regina! I just resubmitted and hope it works.

Comment by Regina Chouza on September 26, 2016 at 7:33pm

Hi Brooke,

Thanks for the article submission. My name is Regina, I'm one of the editors at OM Times. I have a few pointers as this piece doesn't quite fit our submission guidelines.

Let me know if you have any questions on the below: 

- Our length guidelines are 500-800 words, would you be able to expand a bit?

- Any promotions would have to be included in the Author Bio at the end, where you would include a profile of yourself including any links to the Sunshine Retirement Living centres. As per our guidelines, businesses can't be referenced or linked to from the body of the article. The author bio can be up to 60 words (or 400 characters, with links included). 

- We ask that writers write either in 3rd person, or 1st person plural (we/our), instead of 2nd person (you) or first person singular (my/I) to make them more inclusive and professional. If you wouldn't mind rephrasing sentences like the following: 

    Original: Your general health is not a major concern in your younger years, but staying healthy should always be a priority as you get older. 

    Revision:  Our general health is not a major concern in our younger years, but staying healthy should always be a priority as we grow older. 

Let me know if you have any questions and if you'd be OK to resubmit. 

Thanks!

Regina 

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