SEPTEMBER IS HEALTHY AGING MONTH

SEPTEMBER IS HEALTHY AGING MONTH

Healthy Aging Month is an annual observance month designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older for those 50 plus. It is never too late to hit the reset button and change your ways to change your life with better physical, mental, social, and financial well-being.

September can be your motivating month!  Why wait? Tomorrow is another day that you can start feeling better in so many ways.

Thinking points:

Why do we have to act our age? Let’s start living your best life right now! Age is a number, not a punishment.

Can you have a more positive attitude? Focus on what is good in your life and push the negative out of your thoughts.

Surround yourself with positives!  Negative people will pull down your mood and your thoughts. Surround yourself with energetic, happy, positive people of all ages and you will be happier too. Enjoy the strong connections between positive thinking and longevity.

Project your great energy!  Watch your posture and be vibrant, let your movements show your youth and purpose.

Dress your success! Let your wardrobe project your personality with youthful flare and color.  A little trendy never hurt anyone.

Smile, there is always something to be happy about. If you can’t think of a happy thought or memory, make new ones.

Create! If you have slowed down your work schedule and have some more free time, use it to do all the things you have always wanted to do.  Find your inner artist, take a French pastry class, join a wine tasting club, learn a language, create new interests, and make new connections with people. Find your new purpose.

Take care of your health! Time to make sure you have made all your medical and dental appointments to keep your health at its best. Be proactive!

Get physical! Take it slow and work your way up to adding some physical exercise to your day.  Walk, bicycle, hike, and keep moving. Learn golf, take up yoga! There is a strong relationship between increased sedentary behavior and increased risk of all-cause mortality, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

Stay busy! Exercise and strength training improves the quality of life, reduces anxiety, the risk of depression and improves sleep to say nothing of potential weight loss, improved bone health, and a lower risk of falls.

Revisit your Pantry! 42 percent of Americans have packed on the pounds with an average weight gain of 29 pounds since the start of the pandemic. Choose a diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; includes a variety of protein foods such as seafood, lean meats, and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), soy products, nuts, and seeds.

Get Social! We are all social animals and crave human interaction. We are looking for ways to get back together under the current conditions. Look for ways to socialize while still keeping your distance.  Volunteer, Zoom it up with friends, reconnect with old friends.

 

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