It’s that time of year again! Time to start thinking about the year ahead and how to improve upon one’s self. Picking a New Year’s resolution and sticking to it can help give you purpose and meaning in the year ahead.

Just because you’re getting up there in age is no excuse to stop growing. You can always be a better version of yourself.

Before the ball drops. Before you pop the champagne. Before you kiss your sweet heart. Resolve to be a better you in the coming year.

  1. Get more exercise. One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get in shape or lose weight. Physical activity is import for everyone, including seniors.

As one gets older, it can become increasingly difficult to find the motivation to get exercise. According to the UK’s National Health Service, it is recommended that people sixty-five and older get at least 150 minutes of mild aerobic exercise a week. That works out to just a little over twenty minutes a day!

Walking, cycling, or even swimming are all great ways to get a low impact full body work out.

 

  1. Eating healthier. As our bodies age our nutritional needs tend to change. Diet restrictions due to medications or health conditions can make healthy eating even more challenging. If you’re unsure of what your body needs, it is always best to consult a nutritionist. In general, it’s a good idea to limit intake of sugars, fats and salt. You can never have too much fresh produce. A good rule is, the faster it spoils, the better it is for you.

 

  1. Improve mental abilities. Retaining mental acuity is difficult with age. Luckily there are tons of apps on the market that claim to boost cognitive performance. Do a little research and find the one that’s best for your needs.

 

  1. Learn something new. Who says an old dog can’t learn new tricks? If you’ve ever wanted to learn a new language, hobby or skill, your golden years can be the perfect time to do that. Check with your local senior center to see what classes they offer.

 

  1. Learn more. You have a limitless capacity for learning. Your twilight years gives you so many opportunities to learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know. Especially in the modern age where any and all information is a click away. Become an expert in World War Two or impressionist painters.

 

  1. Keep a Journal. Being able to look back on events in your life and remembering their significance is especially helpful when aging. Maybe even consider writing a book of memoirs. You’ve lived some great stories! Writing them down, may help you remember details you thought you forgot. It could even help others connect to you through your past.

 

You can pick as many of these as you want, or something else entirely. The important thing is not to stagnate. Keep growing and keep moving forward. Happy New Year!

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