Warmer Weather Makes for Fun Senior Health Routines – Here’s How

Warmer Weather Makes for Fun Senior Health Routines – Here’s How

Jun 26 2015

Senior health and fitness is important, especially if you want to avoid the onset of chronic disease. Enjoy the warmer weather and keep healthy with these 4 tips.

More and more people are living with one or more chronic disease. And as we grow older we become more susceptible to these diseases. A report, Health, United States, 2014 with Special Feature on Adults Aged 55-64, showed an estimated 19 percent of adults ages 55 to 64 had diabetes, 40 percent were obese and 51 percent had high blood pressure. The report also indicated an increase in prescription drug usage in this age group from a decade ago.

The good news is doctors agree many chronic diseases can be positively affected by diet and exercise, particularly if you’re over 65.

Here are a few ideas to help you stay healthy and fit this Summer:

Priority Health - Health Care 101 - Senior Health - Farmer's MarketCheck out a Farmers’ Market. For many states, such as Michigan, farmers’ markets are in full swing by June, making locally grown, fresh food more readily available. Broccoli, carrots, leafy greens, peas, sweet peppers, and of course, strawberries, are just some of the nutritious, tasty foods available. Michigan’s famous blueberries, cherries, peaches and apples are not far behind. And since Michigan leads the nation in several crops, farmers’ markets are plentiful across the state. Feeling inspired? Try your green thumb and plant a small garden in your backyard.

Get outside and walk. Now is your time to get outside for fresh air. Either take a leisurely stroll in your neighborhood, or make a day of it and look for trails near you. As it heats up during the summer, try walking earlier in the morning or doing an evening stroll after the sun has lost some of its heat.

Drink water. While you’re enjoying the outdoors, remember to stay hydrated. Drinking calorie-free H2O is a great option and helps keep your temperature normal, lubricates and cushions joints, protects your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues while also getting rid of waste. Don’t forget you can switch things up a bit and add some in-season Michigan produce for some new flavors.

Let the fresh air and warmer weather help renew your commitment to healthy living.

Stay positive. Having a positive attitude is important when making any lifestyle changes. Positively reinforce yourself when you make healthier choices and don’t be too hard on yourself if you make not-so-great decisions. Take time to think about the good things you’re doing for your health. Remember: 60 percent of something is better than 100 percent of nothing.

Let the fresh air and warmer weather help renew your commitment to healthy living.

Taking prescribed drugs as your physician directs is important. Even if you make steps toward living healthier, you should never stop taking prescriptions without talking with your doctor first.