Four Easy, Fun Ways to Stay Fit for Healthy Aging Month

Last week's blog for September is Healthy Aging Month was all about attitude. This week, we take a look at some recommendations for maintaining physical health while keeping that positive attitude.

Get Proper Nutrition: That means eating well and when necessary, taking nutritional supplements. We hear the virtues of nutrients like Vitamin D, Vitamin K2, Omega 3 fatty acids and even dark chocolate being touted for their ability to support senior health, but what should you eat, which supplements are right for you and how much should you take? There are numerous publications and websites dedicated to nutrition. One book I heartily recommend is You Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Looking Good and Feeling Great, by Drs. Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz. The book was updated and released last month, and it contains the latest information about nutrition for maintaining optimal health.

Get Proper Sleep: People tend to attribute any difficulties experienced by older adults as a natural part of aging, which often interferes with their ability to receive proper attention and treatment. According to NIH Senior Health, "Many people believe that poor sleep is a normal part of aging, but it is not. In fact, many healthy older adults report few or no sleep problems. Sleep patterns change as we age, but disturbed sleep and waking up tired every day are not part of normal aging." The organization attributes some senior sleep deficiency to problems falling asleep. Our Goodnight, Sleep Tight Pack, is packed with our most popular sleep audios, aromatherapy and a comfy sleep mask. It might just be the answer for people who have trouble falling asleep. For more tips on getting the proper shut-eye, read Health Journeys' free report, An Epidemic of Sleeplessness.

Move More: This doesn't mean running a marathon, lifting weights or scheduling daily workouts at the gym, though they are excellent ways to stay fit. It means you simply stand up and move when you can, challenge gravity, dance a little, do some stretches in the morning, walk more and sit less. Find a yoga or Tai Chi class you can easily attend. Check out Silver Sneakers, a leading exercise program for active, older adults. Membership in the program, which is offered at fitness centers throughout the country, is often covered by health insurance or Medicare replacement plans.

Stress Less: "Notice little moments of beauty and sweetness. This sounds hokey but it works. Notice beauty around you and take a moment to breathe it in ... same with a smile, a gracious act, a loving gesture. Practicing gratitude for these lovely bits and pieces of daily life is a potent way to de-stress, and it's contagious, too."—Belleruth Naparstek. Read more of her fifteen fabulous, fool-proof de-stressing tips in Stress Management Tips by Belleruth Naparstek.

Tell us your favorite way to stay fit. As always, we love hearing from you.

"You don't stop laughing when you grow old; you grow old when you stop laughing."—George Bernard Shaw

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