The New Year can encourage people to reflect on and alter their daily routines. They may want to lose weight, eat healthier, stop smoking, exercise more, save money and much more. While these are generally in good spirits, they lack an actionable plan on the surface. Adopting healthy habits starts with a plan and ends with the results you desire. Let’s start 2020 the right way by incorporating some of these good habits.
Healthy Habits to Prioritize in 2020
Sticking with a strict diet can be challenging. Whether you’re a senior living at home with a caregiver or if you are a caregiver, life can throw curveballs to get us all off track. Eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise is critical. From a diet standpoint, eating vegetables, fruits high in fiber, whole grains and protein will help maintain weight and keep your immune system strong. And of course, drinking 6-8 glasses of water each day keeps you hydrated and can prevent various health issues.
As far as exercising goes, you don’t have to buy a gym membership to be active. According to a Harvard study, even 15 minutes of physical activity each day can increase your lifespan. Taking a walk around the block once a day, stretching a couple of times each day or even doing yard work and housework can keep you active enough.
Good Habits Include Preventative Care
Preventative care should be lumped in with healthy habits as they go hand-in-hand. This involves medical preventative care as well as physical care. Some of the good habits to adopt this year can involve:
- Getting regular dental and vision exams
- Getting a comprehensive health screening
- Prioritizing sleep
- Focusing on your mental health
- Making your home safer to move around in
Take a look around your home and see what could improve to prevent injuries. Maybe installing a mobility ramp will make your life easier getting in and out of your home. Things like this are often overlooked as being preventative care for seniors, but they can indirectly impact their health for the better.
Next Day Access provides accessibility solutions for seniors and caregivers so they can live a comfortable life. The year 2020 can be your year to make improvements in any area of your life you desire, and we are here to help. Never hesitate to contact us to learn more about our services.