New Year’s Resolutions Definitely Worth the Effort
Posted: 1/10/2020 8:00 AM by
Most of us have made New Year’s Resolutions over the years, and maybe we’ve even kept one or two of them. But most of them probably fell by the wayside in time.
Instead of approaching them as annual to-dos, which doesn’t sound very fun at all, view these New Year’s Resolutions instead as inspiring advice to keep you and your loved ones happier and healthier this year:
1. Make time for exercise
We know that you’ve heard this one before (many times), but exercise is one habit worth building, and one resolution worth pursuing. That’s because it’s beneficial for both your physical and mental health.
Fun, everyday activities like gardening, dancing (easy ballroom, swing and square dancing count), walking the dog, cleaning house and strolling around the neighborhood with your spouse and/or grandkids all count too!
2. Focus on balance
Yoga, tai chi (an “extremely effective exercise for fall prevention
,” and recommended by the CDC for that reason), walking and exercises with elastic bands can all help with balance, flexibility and strength, and are all very accessible for adults of all ages and capabilities. Talk to your (or your loved one’s) doctor for recommendations and resources.
In addition, place night lights in dark corners, remove throw rugs and even install grab bars in the bathroom to help prevent falls.
Feel wobbly when walking? Consider a cane or walker (talk to your healthcare provider). If you’re embarrassed, watch someone who’s obviously weak try to walk and then compare them to someone who uses a cane. Who is more stable and looks to be enjoying themselves more?
3. Make new friends and definitely keep the old.
Whether it’s staying connected (or reconnecting) with old friends or making new friends, social time is critical to our health. Yes, making friends is harder as we age, but make the effort (here are some great tips
) and reap the rewards.
We can help keep your loved ones happy and healthy.
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