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Four Essential Tips to Help Seniors Stay Healthy This Spring

Senior woman using a watering can to water flowers in the gardenAs we begin to welcome spring and its warmer weather, it’s the perfect time to reconsider your daily habits and how to find new ones. Especially as you age, winter can hurt your overall health because the cold weather and the shorter days make it harder to maintain healthy habits, like exercising and getting enough vitamin D. This past winter has been difficult for many reasons, which is why this spring can be seen as a new start for seniors to take control of their health. Whether you’re looking to better your own physical condition, or you’re a caregiver, here are four health hacks that can be added over the next couple of months and beyond to rejuvenate your health and wellbeing.

1.  Ward off allergies

Spring cleaning isn’t only helpful in maintaining an organized and tidy household – it also can be good for your health. How? Because common allergy triggers build up over winter, they can lead to worsening allergies in the spring. Due to this, it’s a good preventative measure to spend time in the spring ridding your living space from dust, mildew, and other immune system disruptors. Tackling these spring cleaning tasks can be time-intensive, but can be made easier by using a home essentials delivery service. By having everyday cleaning needs, like surface cleaner and laundry detergent, brought to your home, there’s no need to worry about going to the store. This can make cleaning tasks easier for any senior, or their caregiver, so that their home can stay clean and allergies can be kept at bay.

2.  Go outdoors

It’s important to take advantage of the warmer weather and sunshine that we start to see again in spring. In addition to being one of the safer COVID activities, spending more time outside has numerous health benefits, such as a lower risk of vitamin D deficiency, improved concentration, and increased overall happiness. Now that the snow and ice have melted, try to incorporate a daily stroll, a picnic, or an outdoor activity, such as bird watching or gardening, into the daily schedule. This ensures that enough time is spent outdoors to reap these wonderful benefits. Just be sure to take the necessary precautions by avoiding difficult terrain and wearing the appropriate footwear to avoid injury.

3.  Maintain a healthy diet

A well-rounded and healthy diet is fundamental in staying healthy for anyone. For seniors, eating a variety of nutritious foods is especially important because it helps control common health conditions, like diabetes, arthritis, and high blood pressure. It can also aid in preventing future illnesses or diseases. As we age, however, it can become more difficult to find oneself’s way around the kitchen. Consider, remodeling or reorganizing the space, making it easier to use. These adjustments, both big or small, in the kitchen can make cooking easier and fun again, which will encourage a better and more nutritious diet. Consider trying out new, easy recipes this spring to start adding healthier recipes to your meal plan.

4.  Exercise

Ideally, you can go outside for a walk to get exercise, but the weather doesn’t always align with our workout schedule. Finding ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine will do wonders in making you feel better physically and mentally. Remember to discuss your exercise plan with your doctor before following any new routine.

 

A clean home, time outside, a healthy diet, and physical activity can go a long way in improving one’s health. Including these broad ideas into your daily life will be a great start to a healthier spring.

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