3 Senior Friendly Ways To Live Longer and Prosper
When Mr. Spock (played by Leonard Nimoy) first raised his fingers in a V-formation in the 1967 season of Star Trek, he uttered these famous words: “Live long and prosper.”
Remember that? Even if you’ve never seen the show, you’ve probably heard the Vulcan greeting.
If you’re a senior looking ahead at the years you’ve got left, what should you be doing to “live long and prosper.”
Space travel is probably out of the question. But there are THREE key things you can do to add years to your life and life to your years.
1. Eat healthy foods
Most of your food should come from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fish and lean meats.
- Fun fact: This is what every one of our Senior-Friendly meals is made from.
- If you eat this way most of the time, there’s still room for some dessert and treats once in a while.
- Instead of soda, juice, or sugary drink, make water your main drink of choice.
2. Get regular exercise
For seniors, here’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:
- At least 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise, or 20 to 30 minutes a day.
- Resistance exercise to strengthen bones and muscles at least two days a week.
- Exercises to improve mobility and balance to prevent falls.
3. Keep your brain healthy
Want to keep your brain healthy as you age? Sitting around watching T.V. might be relaxing now and then, but it isn’t a recipe for longevity.
If you want to live long and healthy, and keep your brain sharp, adopt these healthy lifestyle habits:
- Get adequate sleep. Aim for 7 to 8 hours a night. If you wake up early, try taking a nap during the day.
- Be social. Research shows seniors with a solid social network are healthier and happier. Join a club, volunteer, meet up with friends, or spend time with your family. Even text messages, email, and phone calls can help you stay connected to others.
- Do things you enjoy. Here’s another way to keep your brain healthy and happy as you age. Do things you enjoy. Go for a walk, travel, play a game, cook, read a book, or build something. You could even learn a new skill or hobby.
- Talk to a professional. If you’re feeling down and depressed, talk to a professional like a doctor, counselor or therapist.
Want to live and long and healthy well into your senior years? Make these healthy habits a regular part of your life.