Spring for Seniors: 5 Tips for Feeling Your Best in the New Season
Winter weighs heavily on everyone, though senior citizens surely bear the brunt of it. With painful joints and more susceptibility to the cold, it’s no wonder those 65 and up can’t wait for spring. It’s the season to embrace, and here are 5 tips for you to help you enjoy it all the more!
1. Tend a garden
Gardening is a wonderful activity. Not only is it energizing, but it engages on a physical and mental level. You can garden with others too and make it a wonderful, shared activity.
2. Get some sunshine
It’s time to get back outdoors and enjoy the warm weather and sunshine. Plus, it boosts your mood and your cognitive abilities. Natural sunshine gives you the vitamin D you need to help keep bones strong. Plus, it keeps you from feeling depressed and lets you sleep better at night.
However, don’t go outside for any activity (even gardening!) without first applying sunscreen. Wear a wide-brim hat, sunglasses, and UV-protected clothing to keep you from harmful UV ray exposure.
3. Take a walk outside
Without ice to trip you up, it’s the perfect time to get outside. Those that walk outdoors in a natural setting have more energy and less tension. Being among the plants and trees is invigorating and can boost your mental health as much as your physical health through your daily walks.
4. Eat fresh and seasonally
When you eat what’s fresh and in season, your body will respond in kind. Enjoy asparagus, strawberries, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, and peppers. The more you eat these things and other fresh produce, the less likely you’ll be to have chronic diseases.
5. Up your water intake
It’s so important to drink plenty of water, no matter your age. However, older adults need more of it, especially after physical activity outdoors. Keep water with you and be sure to sip from it frequently. This will help you stay on top of your health and avoid dehydration.
Need some help to get up and out this spring? Looking for senior care but don’t want to go anywhere? Let In Your Home Therapy come to you to help you or an aging loved one enjoy the beauty of spring. Our licensed and insured professionals are experienced with working with the elderly. You can count on us to make spring health a priority for those 65 and up that need help getting outside for safe exercise. Contact us today and schedule something that works at your convenience!