For Seniors: Vitamins, Diet, Exercise, Rest and Calm

Mar 7th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

 Vitamins, diet, exercise, rest and calm: Five components for taking care of yourself are these; not necessarily the best or the only, just five important considerations in maintaining your good health. Getting a head start on these at or near retirement will head off having to make excessive visits to your physician, taking too many prescribed meds, and feeling lousy on days when there is no need to be down. 

A  healthy regimen of vitamins, a good diet, appropriate exercise to get your heart rate up, and allowing your body moments of complete rest and calm will contribute to a healthy heart rate, a consistently good blood pressure reading,  healthy  breathing  and encourage sufficient rest for a calm spirit.

Retired persons choose from among a variety of life styles which guide their health and attitude.  Sedentary persons usually end up with more illnesses (including depression), less fun and excitement in their lives.  While there may be good reason that some are more sedentary than others, motivating oneself to have some useful activity will likely pay dividends in several ways.  The benefits of exercise are well documented both for healthy bodies as well as healthy minds and spirits.

Determining a series of vitamins to be taken on a regularly scheduled basis will likely head off infections, colds, and other short term illnesses, and they will aid important bodily functions that may need help as you age.  Minerals, such as Calcium, are important also,  particularly for those who may suffer from bone deficiencies.  Consulting your primary care physician and/or Naturopathic Physician and/or Nutritionist is a must when you are considering supplements for good health.  You need to be sure you are getting those vitamins, minerals and supplements you require–and are not allergic to–and you need to insure the specific brands you choose are the best available.

If living alone, diet can be a major challenge and consideration.  It is easy to get lazy and not want to prepare meals for just one.  Whether planning a single meal or menu for the week, it’s critical that the single senior get the nutrition required for a healthy lifestyle.  A nutritionist may provide invaluable guidance in meal planning that works for singles eating alone most of the time.  On the other hand, couples may need similar help particularly if meal preparation becomes more tiresome for the elderly.  Meals delivered to the home may need to be a consideration.

Sleep issues become more common as we age.  Interrupted or lack of sleep plays havoc with a healthy lifestyle.  Getting a good night’s rest, and napping during the day for those who require it, is as important as good nutrition and exercising.  Restful time in the course of 24 hours is an essential part of good living.



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