September is Healthy Aging Month! Now is the time to reinvent yourself! Is there a job you’ve always wanted to take? A sport you’ve always wanted to pick up? A hobby you’ve wanted to entertain? Someone you’ve always wanted to get to know? It’s never too late to take the plunge and try something new, just start with a Tiny Step and go from there!

The idea of Healthy Aging Month is to focus our attention on all the positive aspects of growing older and embrace the opportunity to make the most out of this life we’ve been given at any age. We do this by taking care of our bodies, enjoying the little things, and savoring our time with the people that matter the most.

Here are a few tips to get you started and inspired!

01 Embrace Each and Every Day. In the morning when you wake up, choose to see the good in that day. Find joy in your day-to-day activities and enjoy the little things! Set aside some time to sit outside with a great book, open a window and listen to the birds chirping, or prepare a meal from start to finish.

02 Eat Nutritious Foods. Take pride in what you’re feeding your body. Your brain and body need nutrients to function properly and to their finest. Focus on adding more low-sugar fruits and vegetables to your diet. This is an easy (and colorful) way to increase your vitamin consumption, as well as other essential nutrients, while still savoring flavorful recipes and enjoying meal time. Get the low down on seasonal produce here.

03 Stand Tall. Confidence is contagious, especially from one part of your body to the other! When you stand up tall, it’s proven you’ll feel more self-aware and prepared for anything that might come your way. Not to mention, when you stand up straight you can knock off a few years and appear more vibrant!

04 Grow Your Relationships. At some point in most people’s lives, they live alone, which can result in loneliness. Spend time fostering the relationships you already have, while also meeting new folks at the grocery store or while visiting the gym or community center. This will increase your community engagement, give you more sense of belonging, and more than likely, bring joy to your day!

05 Get moving. Objects in motion tend to stay in motion, and even the lowest impact forms of exercise can have a major impact on your physical and mental health! Think you’re too old to move more? You’re not – click here.

The key to all of this is taking everything that comes your way in the most enthusiastic, favorable way possible. If you catch yourself taking a negative approach to something, acknowledge the feeling for just a moment and let it go. Remember you’re aiming to embrace each day, and find a silver lining. You can always text or talk to your Health Advisor if you need an extra boost!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.