Maintaining a Healthy Diet as a Senior
Studies show that eating healthy and maintaining a balanced diet means you’re likely to live longer. This general statistic is most important for senior health, ensuring they focus on heart health and nutrition in order to extend life to the fullest and live each day feeling lighter and cleaner.
There are many other benefits to maintaining a healthy lifestyle as a senior too, however.
1. Quickens the Mind
The body is aging, but the mind doesn’t have to age quite as quickly. Rather, taking advantage of fish, leafy greens, bright fruit, nuts, and other foods chock full of Omega-3s is shown to improve concentration and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Promotes More Energy
Getting healthy also has the added bonus of promoting more energy in the body. You’ll find that the more you eat healthily and exercise, the more energy you’ll have
Transition into a Healthier Life
There are a few easy tips and tricks that can be carried out to transition to a healthier diet. Using these tips makes it easier to get started on the fitness path because you’re just doing one step at a time, as opposed to shocking your body with a new diet fad that will inevitably not work.
1. Take salt off the table
Reducing salt intake will lower the amount of calories and sodium consumed on a daily basis, and reduce the risk of various cardiovascular diseases.
2. Switch to whole grain
Switching the type of bread used every day really does impact the health over time. Replacing bread and pasta with their whole grain or veggie counterparts is one step in the healthy direction.
3. Take a walk
Taking a short walk after each meal lets the food digest easier and burns off a small amount of fat that may have been consumed during the meal. You burn over 200 calories when walking half an hour and over time gain muscle mass as well.
4. Drink more juice and water
Throw the soda and other sugary drinks out and instead replace them with juice and water. Use 100% juice, preferably organic, of any of your favorite fruits, and try to drink as much water as possible.
It’s not hard to get into the healthy lifestyle when transitioning like this because you’re only taking it one step at a time. Make a list of each small change that would be made, break it down, and carry out each change one week at a time. Over time, you’ll transition into the healthy lifestyle without even realizing it.