It’s important to take care of your health and fitness no matter your age, and as you get older, it’s more important than ever to keep your body fighting fit. Making healthy choices will help strengthen your immune system and reduce the likelihood of illness, as well as doing wonders for your mental health and overall wellbeing. These simple tips will help you stay fit, healthy and enjoying life all through the golden years.
Did you know that the more you move your body, the better equipped it is to fight infection? That’s right, physical activity is proven to be beneficial for your immune system, and is a great mood booster too. It doesn’t have to be strenuous for you to reap the benefits – daily walks, swimming at the local pool, going for bike rides or joining a low-impact class like yoga. A class is also a great opportunity to meet new people and widen your community.
Sleep is how our bodies repair themselves, so it’s crucial to get plenty of it to support our immune system. It can also improve memory, concentration and mood, reduce stress, help you stay at a healthy weight, and lower your risk for serious health problems like heart disease.
Eat a healthy diet
Did you know your digestive system slows as you get older? It’s the main reason you can’t eat chips and chocolate with abandon like you did when you were young, but it also means you need to be more mindful that you’re getting the vitamins and nutrients your body needs. High fibre foods are important, and plenty of fruits and vegetables help maintain a healthy immune system.
Fitfood’s meals are carefully planned by a team of nutritionists and chefs to fit macro nutrient profiles and are based on wholefood principles, meaning they pack a whole lot of goodness into your diet. Our meals are high in protein and contain no added sugar or artificial sweeteners, and they’re easy, convenient and quick.
Engage your brain
Learning new skills and staying mentally active is just as important as physical fitness. Keeping your mind sharp with activities that provide a little mental challenge is a great way to support cognitive health and wellbeing. Hobbies encourage seniors to engage with their environment, learn new things, meet new people, and maybe even get their daily dose of laughter. Whoever said laughter is the best medicine was onto something: having a good giggle releases feel-good endorphins, engages muscles and nerves, and even increases blood flow and supports your immune system.