DO YOU THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX?
As you age, your body is not able to do the things it once could, and you are more susceptible to illness and disease. Thankfully, you can prevent many future issues by making healthier choices now. Just because you may have limitations doesn’t your lifestyle has to suffer as a result. Do you ever try to find new ways to enjoy being healthy? Do you think outside the box? Keep reading for more tips on how to do that.
> Exercise is More Than Running and Lifting Weights
Exercise is an essential part of your health — keeping your body strong, warding off disease, and even improving your mental health. However, the word “exercise” may dredge up feelings of dread, fear, or disinterest. Traditional means of exercise, like running or lifting weights, are great, but if that doesn’t excite or motivate you, there are fun other ways to reap the benefits of exercise.
Grab a friend and hit the dance floor. Not only is dancing fun and good for your soul, but it is a great cardiovascular exercise and strengthens your joints and muscles. If you are a little more competitive, you can hit the golf course with some buddies and work on your endurance. Think outside the box and find your favorite healthy exercise activity.
> Creative Ways to Eat Healthfully
You can also think outside the box when it comes to healthy eating. When you think of healthy foods, do you just imagine a meal of plain chicken and steamed broccoli or a plate of steamed fish and Brussel sprouts? Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean boring! While you certainly should have a variety of vegetables and lean meats in your diet, you can be creative with the flavors.
Try taking a cooking class to learn new ways to incorporate herbs and flavors into your meals. Do you hate cooking? You don’t have to resort to unhealthy microwaveable meals. There are companies that offer meal delivery services, and many grocery stores now carry nutritious,
pre-cooked meals that you can heat up any time. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring, and you can find the best options that work for you.
> Take Advantage of Today’s Technology
Technology is always advancing and creating new helpful gadgets to make our lives easier – once you’ve figured them out, that is. It seems like everything is “smart” now – smartphones, smart TVs, and even smart doorbells! Take advantage of this technology and make your own life easier. Another aspect is if you take a lot of medication, you may struggle to remember what pills you need and when to take them.
Instead of using a regular pill dispenser shown here, there is a smart medication organizer that you can load with your medications and set a schedule that opens each space when you need to take them. If you have a tendency to wander and find yourself lost and scared, you can purchase a GPS shoe tracker to allow a trusted loved one to know where you are. There are always new gadgets emerging. While they may seem difficult to learn at first, you can utilize technology to help you in daily tasks or improve your health and well-being.
> Navigating Medicare
We can’t discuss health without mentioning Medicare. When you finally retire from your job, you also lose your employer’s health insurance benefits. Medicare exists for adults over 65 to provide health coverage for major health emergencies or illnesses.
According to US News, Original Medicare also provides free preventative services that you can take advantage of, such as flu shots and annual wellness checks. However, just be sure to understand which Medicare plan that you have as each has different coverage.
You can be creative with exercise and nutrition, finding what you like best and what works for you. Take good care of your body, and you will reap the rewards for years to come….all you need to do is think outside the box.
About the author, Brad Krause
I left the corporate world to help promote the simple notion of self-care. I’m doing so through my writing and consulting. It is my goal to help you be the best you that you can be.
After spending far too long neglecting my own self-care, I became a full-time life coach. I spend just about every waking hour helping people find ways to put their wellness above all else. I hope SelfCaring will help you do the same!
I am the Writer/Owner of selfcaring.info.
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