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Healthy Habits for the Holidays and Winter

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Dec 6, 2016 7:57:35 AM

Now that the holidays and cooler weather are upon us, we may need to have a little more motivation to eat right and to take care of ourselves.

We all want good health in our golden years. Here are some tips:

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Eat better and eat less

What you put in your body should nourish not just please taste buds. Holidays are infamous for us to get bombarded with tempting, delicious and mouth-watering treats. Tasting is good, but feasting until we are completely stuffed is not. The same can be said about the amount of food on our plates. One trick is to eat off smaller plates that cause us to usually take smaller portions. (Just don’t defeat the purpose by having extra helpings.) As we age, we need fewer calories and better nutrition.

Get more exercise

We are supposed to walk 10,000 steps daily - which is nearly 700 miles a year. Use it as a goal to get moving. Look for local exercise groups, walking buddies and places that allow you to walk inside during cold weather such as local high school fieldhouses or shopping malls.

Keep safe while walking by carrying your cell phone in case you fall or trip. Have 911 programmed into your phone so one touch can make the call.

Stay active

Surround yourself with positive friends. Take part in church or community activities. Take a class, join a club, or get more involved with your local IRTA group. You may start a new hobby or get a pet. You now have the time to enjoy family, friends, and your community.

Check your labels

Make sure you check your labels and directions on all medications. Specific dosages need to be followed or they may cause harm. Discuss with your doctor all the medications and prescriptions that you are taking. Some medications are dangerous to mix. Keep your appointments with your dentist, physicians, and keep your vaccinations current. Don’t put off going to the doctor because you feel great or that you don’t think it is necessary.

Update your personal documents

Make sure your important papers have the latest information. These include your will, power of attorney and current list of medications.  Have a file for your insurance information and copies of the previous mentioned documents. This should be in an obvious place for your family members and emergency personnel.

Live your life now, have something to do, look forward to something and have someone to love. These will make for a happier life.

Topics: Health

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