Smart Tips for Improving Vitality at Any Age
As we age, we often feel the need to slow down, but it really isn’t necessary. Thanks to the widespread availability of affordable health supplements, inexpensive exercise options, and bedroom enhancements that help us achieve better sleep, seniors today have more tools than ever to promote well-being. We can use these to enjoy life and stay healthy no matter how many candles we blow out on our birthday cake. Here are just a few.
Supplement the Spark
It’s true that when we age, our bodies don’t respond to the world the way they use to. However, there are supplements we can take to counter the effects of age.
CBD oil, for example, is a non-psychoactive tincture that has anti-inflammatory and calming properties. CBD oil is typically considered safe; however, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before taking any new supplements. Once you have been given the go-ahead, it’s prudent to ensure that you are investing in a quality product. Remedy Review’s CBD oil guide offers several helpful pointers on how to do just that.
Another relatively unknown botanica to consider is ashwagandha. This ancient Indian herb is a member of the nightshade family, like the tomato, and is regarded as an adaptogen, meaning it can help your body and mind adapt to your surroundings. Chopra.com explains that ashwagandha is native to the Middle East, North Africa, and India and can help with concentration, poor memory, waning libido, and low physical or mental endurance.
Exercise Your Right to Remain Fit
Speaking of endurance, you can also improve your physical abilities by exercising. Not only does working out improve muscle strength, but it also assists with weight loss and balance. Swimming is especially beneficial for seniors since it reduces strain on the muscles and joints and the buoyancy of the water eliminates the risk of falling. Talk to your doctor before you begin a new exercise plan, especially if you have asthma, heart problems, or lung issues.
If you find swimming a bit mundane, there are still plenty of ways to fit fitness into your day. Sports such as horseshoes, badminton, and ping-pong are all interactive but don’t come with the risk of impacts, such as soccer or basketball. As an added benefit, getting together with friends for a round of bocce ball or shuffleboard is a great way to fit socialization into your day.
Watch YouTube Video: Senior Fitness by Tona. This video provides a few easy exercises for seniors to do at home or with a group.
Mental Health Matters
Socialization is one way to stave off depression, which is an issue facing many older Americans. Seniors may be depressed for many reasons, including loneliness and lack of mobility. Facing this mental health problem head-on is the best way to counter the effects of depression.
Meditation is one exceptional way to help reduce stress, depression, and anxiety, and it is something you can do every day no matter where you are. Further, eating well, exercising, and spending time with family and friends can also help.
Seniors and Sleep
Both your mental and physical health are affected by the amount of sleep you get each night. Once you hit 65, you may wish to change your sleep surface, as a bed that is too soft or too firm may no longer be comfortable as your body begins to notice even the most minuscule irritation. Look for a mattress that satisfies your sleep style (back, stomach, side).
A restful sleep schedule is vital at any age, and as a senior, you will benefit from getting a solid seven to nine hours each night. The overnight hours is when your body heals, and your mind has an opportunity to purge excess information. Avoid caffeine and alcohol in the hours before bed, make a point to empty your bladder just before settling in, and create a comfortable and quiet environment where your slumber will be uninterrupted.
While age is certainly more than a number, it’s not an excuse to let yourself go. You can take control of your physical and mental health by implementing practical strategies that benefit your mind and body.
About the Author
June Duncan is the author of The Complete Guide to Caregiving: A Daily Companion for New Senior Caregivers. She’s also the co-creator of Rise Up for Caregivers, a support guide for friends and family who are caring for their loved ones.