January 1 is right around the corner. As a new year begins, it’s an opportunity to look ahead to the upcoming year and think about things you would like to change in your life. Are you happy with your health? Are you spending enough time with family and friends? Have you found a rewarding hobby?
Now is a good time to start thinking about goals and priorities for the new year. Here is a list of healthy options you might consider:
Exercise for 10 minutes every day
Staying physically active is one key to healthy aging. That doesn’t mean you have to do super high-energy exercise either. It can simply be taking a walk around your home, walking to the mailbox to get your mail or following along with a gentle exercise video. If 10 minutes of exercise is comfortable for you, then start there. You can gradually increase your time. Eventually, try to do 2.5 to 3 hours of aerobic activity each week.
Rekindle an old friendship
It’s not always easy to keep in touch with friends over the years. But there are many ways to revive old friendships. You can make a telephone call, send a letter or email, or reach out through Facebook or another social media site. You just may end up with a new best “old” friend.
Explore volunteer opportunities
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, and it can also benefit your health. It can give you a sense of accomplishment, increase self-confidence and give you a feeling of satisfaction. It can also help connect you to like-minded people, which is good for your mental well-being. There are so many places that need volunteers such as food pantries, animal rescue shelters, libraries, schools, museums and many more. Just let your imagination and your interests lead you.
Challenge your brain
Just as physical activity is important for your body, a good “workout” is also important for brain health. Challenging your brain regularly keeps your thinking skills sharp and reduces your chance of experiencing memory loss. Crossword puzzles and Sudoku provide good exercise. Other ways to challenge your mind is learning a new language, doing arts and crafts, making jigsaw puzzles, or playing bingo or chess.
Whether you try one of our suggestions or think of some of your own, your 2019 is sure to be happier and healthier when you set new goals and priorities.