Making healthy choices can be a challenge any day of the week, and even more so when the world is fighting COVID-19. Your routine is likely disrupted, and you may be struggling to stay motivated. You may be indulging in more comfort foods and may be feeling depressed about hunkering down at home.
As an older adult who is considered at-risk for COVID-19, it is important to stay strong and take the necessary precautions to keep as healthy as possible.
In this article, we’ll touch on extra precautions to take now and on healthy living tips that are more important than ever before to maintain.
Extra Precautions to Take During the Pandemic
- Avoid crowds
- Practice social distancing
- Limit visitors
- Wash hands regularly
- Keep hand sanitizer with you
- Bring along disinfecting wipes
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched items
Also, don’t hesitate to call your healthcare professional at any time if you are not feeling well or have concerns about COVID-19.
Healthy Living Tips That Are More Important Now
Healthy tips you should follow at all times for a healthy life are especially important to maintain during these times. Those include:
- Eat for Nutrition. Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables! Get adequate protein and dairy. Avoid overeating processed foods. Set a goal to try a new recipe each week using whole ingredients and fresh foods.
- Drink Plenty of Water. Drink water instead sugary, calorie-laden drinks. Water supports your body in digestion, nutrient absorption, circulation, and maintenance of body temperature. Water also helps your kidneys cleanse and rid your body of toxins.
- Move, Move, Move! Add movement into various parts of your day. Take a walk around the block. If the weather is bad, walk around your home or consider investing in a treadmill. There are also many online programs and apps for home workouts for all ages. Avoid crowded gyms or fitness centers during this time.
- Stay Strong. Cardio workouts are important, but so is strength training. It can keep your body functional, mobile, and strong to help fight off anything from the common cold to a more serious virus.
- Divert Boredom or Anxiety. Even without a pandemic in place, it’s common nature for people to resort to food when bored, anxious, or stressed. Learn to recognize emotional hunger. Instead of eating, come up with an activity or two that uplifts you and diverts your attention. After the activity, reassess if you are hungry. Most people find they are not, and they feel emotionally better.
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- Stay Positive. There are a number of health benefits to positive thinking, from lower rates of depression to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
Other things you can do to keep a positive mindset include: deep breathing or meditation, taking breaks from the news, and finding ways (virtual ways!) to stay connected with friends and family. Staying positive takes even more effort during a pandemic, but is worth it!
- Build Healthy Relationships. Just as important as nutrition and physical activity are positive relationships. Maintaining a strong social network as we age can contribute to a longer, healthier life.
While this has been especially difficult since the pandemic started, it’s not impossible. There are many ways to virtually connect to keep your relationships strong. Also, this is one of the many benefits of living in a community such as Kendal at Granville, where you’ll find safe socialization activities specifically for residents.
Life at Kendal at Granville
Located on over 90 acres of gorgeous Ohio countryside, Kendal at Granville is a thriving senior community providing a safe, revitalizing environment for active older adults. As a 5-star-rated Life Plan Community, living options include independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and short-term rehab.
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