1.4.18: 8 Boomer Resolutions for 2018
A new year is upon us – 2018 is ripe with possibilities to start or maintain a healthy, engaging lifestyle and continue to age with grace. Here are a few of our suggestions to get this year off to the right start!
- Add a multivitamin – If you aren’t already taking a supplement, now is the right time. Consider a formula specifically for people over 50 and make a habit of it.
- Come home to an old hobby – did you one paint, write, woodwork, or sew? Why not revisit your once favorite pastime. Working with your hands keeps the body and mind agile and your hobby can provide an opportunity to bond with others.
- See your doctor regularly – Schedule your annual now and then book your visits for the rest of the year with your general practitioner and any specialists. Keep a running list of questions and concerns to discuss at your visits.
- Get some ZZZs – Aim for no less than eight hours of sleep a night. The right amount of sleep modulates your hormones, helps maintain a healthy weight and gives your brain and body time to rest and regenerate.
- Volunteer – There are so many charities that need your energy and enthusiasm. Find one that resonates with you – animal rescue, children’s welfare, nature preservation – and spend an hour a week or month making the world a better place.
- Stay connected– Resolve to stay in touch with friends and loved ones. There are so many ways to reach out – phone, mail, social media, email. Make it a point to make someone’s day.
- Exercise your mind – Engage in new learning that requires some additional effort to keep those neurons firing, stay sharp, and prevent memory loss.
- Most importantly, be active – Improve and maintain your health by moving your body a minimum of 15 minutes a day.
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Sources: Health in Aging, Institute on Aging