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New Year Health Tips: How to Be Healthy in 2021

January 25, 2021

It’s a new year, which means it’s time for new personal goals, resolutions and opportunities to be the best version of yourself. From trying a new diet or exercise regimen to increasing your physical activity, setting new year’s resolutions you can stick to can greatly improve your mind and body.

Regardless of your age, living a healthier lifestyle should always be one of your top priorities. Fortunately, all it takes to expand your mental and physical well-being are small changes made to your daily activities.

5 Ways to Be Healthy in the New Year

If you’re looking for new ways to improve your health as you begin the new year, here are a few healthy resolutions to work towards:

  1. Get More Sleep. If you’re not already getting between seven and eight hours of sleep each night, you should aim to do this in the new year and make it a lifelong habit. Lack of sleep can lead to chronic diseases and conditions such as heart disease, obesity and depression. Adopting a routine where you get enough sleep each night can give you more energy during the day, help you concentrate and keep your immune system up.
  2. Move More, Be Less Sedentary. The more consistent exercise you get, the longer you’ll stay active in your older years. Experts say you should get at at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week. From walking and jogging to swimming and lifting light weights, there are plenty of exercises you can do each week to stay physically fit.
  3. Choose Healthy Foods to Eat. A common new year’s resolution is to eat a healthier diet. That’s probably because what you eat is imperative to your overall state of well-being. This year, make more conscious food decisions by adding more fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and whole grains into your diet.
  4. Drink More Water. Drinking an adequate amount of water regularly can help your body stay healthy and function at its highest capacity. Health experts recommend you should drink at least 8 ounces of water per day. Replacing sugary drinks with water can help you avoid health problems like heart disease, obesity and weight gain.
  5. Practice Sun Safety. Sun exposure helps you receive proper amounts of vitamin D needed to boost your immune system. Of course, too much sun can be detrimental to your health. When outside this summer, make it a goal to practice sun safety to protect against skin damage and lower your risk of skin cancer. Taking precautions like wearing sunscreen and proper clothing, and keeping yourself in the shade as much as possible can help keep your skin healthy.

Stay Healthy with Neighborhood Programs at Episcopal SeniorLife Communities

Episcopal SeniorLife Communities understands the importance of living a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle. That’s why we are proud to offer our Neighborhood Programs to all residents and seniors who live nearby which now has virtual offerings every day. Our Neighborhood Programs combine exercise, fun and friendship to help enhance your lifestyle and keep you active.

Our Virtual Neighborhood Programs are part of our commitment to serve seniors wherever they live in Monroe County. They help promote senior health and wellness through our balance programs, nutrition education, strength training, informative senior presentations and senior activities. Our programs are a great way to ensure you’re keeping up with your new, healthy resolutions this year. And to keep everyone safe, we are now offering a full schedule of virtual programs you can participate in from the comfort of your own home.

Develop a Healthy Lifestyle at Episcopal SeniorLife Communities

From our Neighborhood Programs to our healthy dining options, Episcopal SeniorLife Communities has all of the necessary tools to live a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle. We also offer a Wellness Wednesday feature on our Facebook page where we provide helpful tips and suggestions for seniors to follow and keep themselves healthy. We truly believe in helping seniors age gracefully in place and live the lifestyle they desire.

Contact us today to learn more about our Neighborhood Programs and senior living options. We look forward to speaking with you.

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