Eating healthy and getting enough exercise is important for the young and old alike. If you’re a senior, it is especially important to take care of yourself at this point in your life. It is never to late to start eating healthy and changing your lifestyle for the better. Seniors need to take extra precautions when changing their eating and exercise lifestyle because if you do something that isn’t safe, it could hurt you. Always check with your doctor first before implementing any plans.
This article will give you 5 healthy diet tips for seniors.
If you have weight issues, then join a weight loss program. My grandma is a senior and she has joined Weight Watchers as a younger and older woman. Weight Watchers is geared towards everyone. You get a certain amount of points per day that is based on what you weigh now. You can eat any food that you can work into your daily point total. Don’t let the exercise part scare you. If you have trouble walking without holding on to something, use a walker or go into a large store like Home Depot and push a cart down as many rows as you can manage (which is what one of my children’s teachers senior parents does). Or sit on the couch and do arm exercises. The possibilities are endless. Joining Weight Watchers can give you the motivation you need to change your lifestyle.
5 Healthy Diet Tips for Seniors #2: Get Three Daily Servings of Milk
When you get older, your bones weaken so it’s important that you get your three daily servings of milk in if you are not lactose intolerant. Diet Bites.com says that getting in three servings can help fight against bone disease and that is definitely something you don’t want to have to worry about. You can get your milk intake from drinking milk itself or eating milk products like yogurt, cottage cheese or regular cheese.
5 Healthy Diet Tips for Seniors #3: Avoid Empty Calories
Diet Lifetips.com says that seniors should avoid empty calories because they are just that, empty and not nutritious. You need to make sure that you are eating healthy and nutritious foods that are laden with things that your body needs. Foods to avoid or at least eat in careful moderation are chips, cookies, soda, products made from refined flour and products made with a lot of sugar.
5 Healthy Diet Tips for Seniors #4: Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking water is something that everyone should do but with the easy access to sodas, teas and coffees, most people probably don’t drink the recommended amount of water a day. As a senior, you should drink eight to ten cups of water a day unless told otherwise by your physician according to Diet Bites.com.
5 Healthy Diet Tips for Seniors #5: Exercise
If you’re not an already active senior, exercise may sound like the hardest thing in the world to do. It may be hard to get started but there is at least some form of exercise that everyone able bodied can do whether it be slowly walking in place or carefully doing some arm rotations. Before exercising, you should check with your physician and see what they think you can handle. Check with local senior centers in your town as they sometimes offer senior exercise classes or may know where to direct you.