Now a few weeks into 2013, it is time to actually retain the New Year’s Resolutions and follow them for the sake of optimum health and mobility. Here are five resolutions that will help you achieve just that.
1. Get physical!
It is about time you walk the talk and finally set into action your plan to stay physically fit. You should allot some time for your fitness goals. It is not necessary to visit the gym frequently to achieve these goals. There several realistic—even fun—ways of achieving the. A few examples include taking a stroll in the park, joining a physical activity class exclusive for older adults, or trying out a new sport. You might want to consult your doctor regarding exercises that will help you stay fit and free from mobility problems
2. Get a Health Screening
The US Preventive Services Task Force recommend that those older than 50 should undergo colonoscopy. Also, women should get their annual mammograms for breast cancer detection by the time they reach their 40s, while men should undergo a prostrate exam. Lastly, people of both genders over 64 years of age, must take a test every two years for osteoporosis.
Above all these, an annual appointment with a doctor to check bad cholesterol levels, glucose levels, and blood pressure is a must.
3. Get a vaccine.
The elderly must make it a priority to receive a flu shot every year. They must also get immunizations to prevent shingles as well as a pneumonia shot.
4. Kick out the bad habits.
Older adults who have been trying to slow down on smoking need to quit altogether. The risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases that smoking poses is too big for the elderly to ignore.
5. Lessen the coffee intake.
This will prevent restlessness and decrease blood pressure. Most people drink coffee to wake them up—but instead they end up drinking more coffee—which increases blood pressure and puts older adults at risk for heart problems.