2014 Senior wellness tips
As 2013 is quickly coming to a close, many are already looking ahead to the new year. For many Americans, Jan. 1 represents an opportunity to start fresh and work on getting healthier. To stay focused in 2014, here are a few simple ways to be healthy and fit.
In 2014, make it a point to maintain a regular sleep schedule. Studies have shown that those who don't get enough sleep tend to pack on more pounds and have an unhealthy body weight, whereas getting enough sleep can aid in weight management. If you find yourself taking sleeping pills at night, try to use natural remedies like tea or a book and set a schedule in order to avoid side effects like grogginess during the day.
Ramp up senior fitness
When it comes to exercising, a regular routine is important, but it can become boring and less effective without a little variety. To improve your senior fitness in 2014, ramp up as the months go on. If you are already working with weigh training, be sure to increase the amount of weight over time to continue challenging muscles. If you are stuck in a rut for cardio, try something new like a swimming class or dancing to get the same exercise with a group. Increasing intensity and switching physical activities is an important part of staying active and healthy.
Many people make New Year's resolutions to be healthier and take better care of their bodies. One of the simplest ways to do this is to floss more and take care with oral hygiene. Not only will your smile be brighter and cleaner, but it may even help with memory care. According to one British study, flossing may actually prevent Alzheimer's disease. A certain type of gum disease bacteria proved to be present in several cases of Alzheimer's patients. While there is an association, there is no proof that the gum disease actually causes the cognitive disease.
Under the Affordable Care Act, millions of seniors are now able to get preventive services at no additional cost with Medicare. For those who are already enrolled in Medicare, taking advantage of these services can help lower the cost of healthcare and keep seniors healthier. In the new year, be sure to maintain regular doctor visits and checkups.
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