Obesity is the bane of senior citizens. Selling a home, making a move, downsizing, creating a budget, all prepare a new retiree for a complete lifestyle change. You can take advantage of a major change in the way you live, and improve your health through a proper diet and moderate exercise. Transitioning into full retirement is a good time to attend to any existing health issues. Beatrice Jackson, retired store manager, said:
“Once the shock of downsizing wore off, I began to enjoy my “new” lifestyle of condominium living. My car stays in the garage most days, and I walk to as many places as possible. My doctor told me to lose weight, and I’m slowly shaking off the pounds. Eating fresher, and healthier foods, has raised my energy level, and improved my stamina.”
Life changes can bring new vigor into your lifestyle. Eating nutritionally sound meals does not mean you automatically pay more for groceries, you simply eat smarter than you did before. Savvy seniors incorporate sound nutritional habits into their daily activities. Key facts toward fighting obesity are, but not limited to:
- Recognition: Health risks such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes, become major health issues for those who lead a sedentary life. Obesity further complicates these conditions. Activity and exercise is a key factor in combating obesity and its resulting medical problems. Convince yourself that now is the time for you to change, and take action.
- Nutrition: A healthy food plan can save your life. Shop at Farmer’s Markets. Buy as many fresh products as possible, or when they’re in season. Whenever you prepare a “healthy” meal, such as stew or a meal in a slow-cooker, cook enough to allow for an extra day’s meal. Quite often, the meal tastes better the second time around.
- Roadwork: Walk off extra pounds. You needn’t enter a marathon of a 5K run. You could begin simply by walking around your building, twice a day. Visit a mall, and walk three laps around the interior. It’ll be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Become a frequent visitor to a local park, and take advantage of the public walking trails.
- Get Help: Before you put your action plan into effect, discuss obesity with your physician. Share your thoughts and ideas about making changes to your diet, and your planned increase in exercise. Follow your doctor’s recommendations.
Obesity among the ranks of senior citizens can prove fatal. It’s a lot more fun to begin an exercise program and enjoy the freedom of mobility, than the alternative. The choice is yours.