golden yearsGetting older is a part of life, and something everyone must come to grips with. However, getting old doesn’t mean we still can’t set goals, or have hopes and aspirations. The decisions we make and how we choose to spend our time ultimately determines the kind of lives we lead. Engaging ourselves mentally and physically sets us up for success in every stage of life. Here are three things for seniors to keep in mind to stay happy, healthy, and get the most out of the golden years.

Don’t Stop Exercising

There is this popular notion of reaching a certain age and never leaving the living room chair. Somewhere along the line, people began associating aging with sedentary lifestyle, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Plenty of seniors are enjoying the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, keeping them fit and active well into their golden years. The trick is to continue taking care of your body. While it is true that we can’t put in the same amount of work in our 60s as we can in our 20s, it doesn’t mean we have to hang up our running shoes and spend the rest of our lives on the couch. Find an exercise that you can do, and do it. There are exercises for seniors, and once you know your limit, you can find a routine to keep your body healthy, and your life happy.

There are plenty of ways for seniors to stay fit without even leaving their homes. Setting up a home gym is easy and you only need a few basics to get started, including dumbbells, yoga mats, and kettlebells. Keeping track of the calories you burn, the steps you take, and your active heart rate has never been easier thanks to fitness tools such as the Fitbit, making it even easier for you to stay fit well into your golden years.

Keep Eating Healthy

No exercise routine is fully complete without a proper diet to go along with it. There is a trend amongst seniors to splurge a bit on their eating habits. You say, “I’ve earned this,” and then go on and eat a double cheeseburger with fries and wash it all down with a chocolate milkshake. The thing is, all of those fats, sugars, and carbs are still entering your body, and can be counterproductive to your workout regimen and dangerous for your health.

Instead of splurging on unhealthy foods, look into healthier recipes that give you the same amount of flavor and satisfaction with the added benefit of nutrition. Even in your older years, you should keep track of your calories and balance your intake of fats and sugars to make sure you are not loading your body with unhealthy foods.

An Active Mind is a Healthy Mind

Just like we exercise our bodies to keep physically healthy, we need to exercise our minds to keep mentally healthy. As we age, it is important to keep our minds actively engaged so that our memory stays sharp and our concentration remains focused. There are a number of small things you can do to keep your mind active, such as solving crossword puzzles ore reading a book. The more you put your mind to work, the healthier it will be as you age.

Getting older is one of those things in life that we can’t control. However, there is a difference between getting old, and feeling old. Age is just a number, and the more time we spend improving our mind and body, the younger you will feel, and the happier you will be.

Marie Villeza is passionate about fighting ageism. Her mission is to empower seniors against ageism by providing information they need to keep control of their own lives.

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