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Senior Wellness: Staying healthy at any age

September is Healthy Aging Month and you are encouraged to rethink the way you think about fitness and health.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - We all get older, and with that gradual transition comes some changes to the way we do things, but it shouldn't keep up from being healthy.

No matter how old you are, you should try to stay physically healthy. That means exercising at least 30 minutes a day, eating healthy by including fruits and vegetables in your diet, and staying hydrated. It is also important to your body that you get enough sleep every night and practice good hygiene.

Staying mentally healthy means different things to different people, but in general it means being able to have a good attitude. You can do that by controlling your reactions, staying focused on your goals, recognizing your achievements, and making sure you take some time to relax and have som time to yourself.

However, don't take too much time to yourself. It is important to be socially healthy too. You should still interact with the people around you in a healthy manner. That means you shouldn't bottle up your emotions, you should try something new every once in a while to get out of your comfort zone, and speak up when something is frustrating you. You can volunteer your time and effort to help others, which for many people gives them a sense of purpose and fulfillment. You should also remember you ar never alone.

For the month of September, which is Healthy Aging Month, see if you can challenge yourself to have better health.

  • Call up an old friend
  • Sign up for a class
  • Set a new goal
  • Smile more
  • Be positive

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