New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors5 min read
“New year, new me!” You’ve probably heard it a million times, but sometimes new year’s resolutions can be exciting and effective! The problem many people face when making a new resolution is trying to do everything too fast. “I’m going to start going to the gym 5 days per week when I haven’t gone in the last 20 years” is not a viable plan for success in the new year. Start off slow, making loftier goals as you reach the easy ones. For example: start by going to the gym once per week, then go for two days the next week. You can adjust your plans to meet your goals for a happier, less stressful, and more successful new year! We’ve compiled a list of five of the best New Year’s resolutions for older people. That way you’ll be ready to start making progress towards that “new you” as soon as the clock strikes midnight New Year’s Eve!
Everyone wants to start new diets in the new year, but what many people don’t realize is that going on a diet and eating better are two drastically different things. Going on a diet typically means following restrictions set forth by a certain diet plan. This is not necessary for many older people as their goals are different than that of younger people. Older folks are less likely to get caught up in wanting a slimmer waist or to look better in their new jeans. Instead, when an older person changes their diet it’s usually because they want to feel better and live healthier. Try making a singular focus in your goal to eat better. Whether it’s “eat more green vegetables” or “have a piece of fruit with every lunch,” having a small goal can make it easier to eat healthier.
Exercise Your Body…
Exercise isn’t hard to come by, but sometimes it can be hard to make it a habit. For some older adults, going to the gym and running or lifting weights is not feasible or safe due to their health. If you want to start exercising more in the new year but your health is hindering your progress, start by going on a short walk every afternoon. Walking is a great way to get your body up and moving without causing extra strain or pain. If you want to do more than walk, try enrolling in a local gym that offers classes for seniors.
…And Your Mind
While exercising your body is important, keeping your mind sharp can be even more crucial as you age. In the new year, set yourself a small goal every week or month to give your brain a workout. Whether you download an app on your smartphone like Lumosity which is designed to test your brain or decide to read a book every month, your memory will thank you for the extra work.
Find a New Hobby
Some older people find it hard to start new hobbies later in life. Many gripe that they are too old to understand new technologies or do new things. This, fortunately, is not true! As we’ve written about before, many older people are entering tech fields for post-retirement work. Look at new hobbies as new adventures. Whether your new hobby is cooking exotic foods or taking a yoga class, tackling it will break up the monotony of your daily ritual and help you see new perspectives!
This one could double as a new hobby but it deserves a section all to itself: volunteering! Volunteering is a great way to add new activities into your life, meet new people, and give back to the community. Serving the homeless, youth interaction, and dog walking are just some of the volunteer activities available in most communities that are consistently looking for help. No matter your passions, you can find a way to give back in 2018.
Which one of these resolutions sounds the most interesting to you? Let us know in the comments!