With 2013 just around the corner, many people are looking forward to the new year and the exciting opportunities it may bring. As we close out on 2012, seniors may want to take a look back at their year and consider what changes they would like to make in the future. Here are some great New Year's resolutions for older adults who want to stay fit, happy and healthy in 2013:
1. Following a new exercise regimen
There's a reason why gym membership numbers rise in January. Making a commitment to get fit is one of the most common New Year's resolutions for people of all ages. But for seniors, exercising regularly is essential, so it may be a good move to plan out a new workout regimen for the new year. Those living in retirement communities can sign up for aerobics classes in advance. Other older adults may want to make a resolution with a friend or family member, as having a workout partner can be a great motivator to keep up your routine.
2. Eating a healthier diet
Eating well is just as important as exercising, and there are many ways seniors can foster a better diet in 2013. Some may find it helpful to make a "permanent shopping list" that includes leafy greens and vegetables, so they remember to pick up these items every time they go to the grocery store. Others can choose to cook a heart-healthy meal at home several times throughout the week.
3. Boosting the brain
As one ages, it becomes increasingly important to take care of mental fitness, so seniors might consider undertaking a few "brain boosting" activities over the course of next year. Joining a book club is a great way to get started, and will also offer opportunities to grow one's social circle. Older adults can also fulfill this resolution by simply doing the crossword puzzle every day, or scheduling fun game nights with family and friends.
4. Spending more time with loved ones
With the busy lives that many seniors lead today, sometimes family and friends may fall by the wayside. In 2013, active older adults can set aside certain days of the week or month that are exclusively for family and friends. Maintaining strong bonds with those who matter most is always important!