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Preventative Nutrition & Exercise Tips for Seniors

By Debbie Waddell, 8:00 am on

As you grow older, staying in shape physically and getting the proper nutrition can be a challenge. It is important to set up some simple strategies as early as possible in order to prevent physical and nutritional problems. Participating in moderate exercise 4-5 days a week and eating nutritionally balanced meals, as prepared by you or a live-in caregiver in Placer County, is the best way to ensure your body and mind will last for many years to come. Here are some of the best ways to implement healthy lifestyle choices into your daily routine.

Get Moving

Seniors don’t have to pump iron or run marathons to be strong and fit. The Center for Disease Control recommends 150 minutes of cardio each week. This can be broken into 30 minutes of exercise a day, five days a week. Here are some suggestions to meet that goal:

  • Walking benefits the whole body and helps clear the mind of stress. Find a walking buddy or Placer County senior care companion so that you can engage in social stimulation and conversation while getting your heart rate up.
  • Swimming and water aerobics are low-impact making this type of exercise good for your joints, especially if you suffer from arthritis pain. Exercise in the water also promotes overall conditioning and better yet, they’re fun for people of all ages!
  • Dancing is great cardio exercise and promotes great social interaction. Whether you choose to sign up for a line dancing class at your local senior center or would rather take Zumba at a nearby gym, you can’t go wrong with a little shakin’ and groovin’ to the beat.
  • Gardening or housework might not be something you consider as exercise, but they burn hundreds of calories! Everyday chores can be part of an overall wellness program, which will help both you and your home look better.

Eat Right!

Proper nutrition doesn’t mean following a strict, low calorie diet, it means eating a variety of foods and being sure you’re getting all of the proper nutrients. A well balanced diet helps prevent bone loss, keeps muscles strong, and fights against heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Strive to eat a wide array of colorful vegetables and fruits, lots of whole grains and lean protein. Aging adults also need to try and limit sugar intake while eating plenty of fiber.

Eating properly and staying active will help with both quality and longevity of life. The golden years can be just that – years full of health and happiness. However, if you’re struggling to prepare daily meals, keep your house clean or are at risk of falling during daily exercise, consider getting the help of a trained an experienced in-home caregiver from Home Care Assistance of Placer County.  For information on how one of our caregivers can help maintain or enhance quality of life, call 916.226.3737.

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