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Maintaining Physical and Mental Health

As our bodies begin to age, it’s even more important to maintain healthy habits to remain your fittest both mentally and physically, especially if you are not receiving professional in-home care services.

While it may seem daunting to start these habits now, gradual changes could prove to be very beneficial in the long run.

Here are some simple activities Freedom Home Care came up with to incorporate into your everyday routine to help improve your mental and physical health.

Add Some Fiber To Your Diet

Fiber helps lower cholesterol and fight heart disease. High fiber foods like oats, barley, beans and walnuts can also help reduce the risk of developing some forms of cancer.

If you suffer from diabetes, a fiber-rich diet helps control blood glucose levels and prevent constipation.

Eat Mediterranean-Inspired Foods     

Experts say one of the healthiest ways to eat is a diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, olive oil, fish and poultry.

Steer clear of red meat, butter, margarine, salt and trans-fat.

The Mediterranean diet, in addition to exercise, can help control blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol levels, prevent chronic illnesses like heart disease, cancer and diabetes, and encourage weight loss.

Keep Your Mind Active

Don’t let age restrict you from learning new things. Mental stimulation is vital to brain health.

Doctors say building and maintaining the neural pathways in your mind can actually help slow or reverse an aging brain.

Things you can do to keep sharp mentally are: learning a foreign language, playing an instrument or mastering a new skill.

Work as long as you can. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of starting your own business or taking on a new hobby. Now is the best time to do it.

Explore The World

You don’t have to travel to Europe to experience your next great adventure. There are a myriad of places to sightsee and explore right in your own backyard. Popular destinations and attractions are waiting in your city or state.

Use Your Hands

Eye-hand coordination is a good way to stimulate brain activity because it’s both visual and tactile. Things like throwing a ball, knitting a sweater or engaging in sign language are good ways to keep your brain in peak condition.

Exercise Often

Regular physical activity is recommended at any age. The health benefits for seniors can be quite significant, as inactivity can lead to the inability to walk long distances, carry groceries or climb stairs.

Moderate exercise 3-5 days a week for 30 minutes a day, can result in stronger bones, a healthier heart, greater flexibility, increased mental capacity and better overall health.

Remember to consult a physician before beginning any exercise regimen and seek personalized elder care for optimal health.

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