3 Healthy Changes to Start Your New Year - Homestead Village

3 Healthy Changes to Start Your New Year

As we step into the new year, it’s the perfect time to focus on making positive changes that can lead to a healthier and more fulfilling year now, and for years to come! Small changes to your daily routine can have a big impact on your overall well-being. In this blog, we’ll explore three of these healthy changes you can add to your daily routine. 

1. Get Moving

Prioritizing physical activity is one of the most impactful changes you can make. Engage in exercises suitable for your fitness level to help maintain muscle strength, flexibility, and balance. Senior living communities such as Homestead Village regularly have fitness classes for you to participate in.  

Grab a friend and try classes such as Tai Chi or Otago core strengthening and balance classes that help reduce falls. If the weather outside is a bit chilly and cold, that’s no problem when there’s an indoor pool and walking track so you can still get your steps in while staying warm and having fun!  

Start off slow when you are beginning any routine to reduce the chance of injuries occurring. Low-intensity exercises are perfect to start with. Warming up before and after exercising is also important as well as drinking plenty of water. The clothes you wear are also important, appropriate fitness clothes and shoes allow you to get the most benefit from your physical activity.  

2. Eat Healthy Foods

Adding a balanced and nutrient-rich diet to your routine doesn’t have to be difficult, especially when you have dining services that can help you reach your goals! Most communities can cater to various dietary needs and can whip up a delicious meal that you will enjoy.  

Make it a goal to include at least three colorful fruits and vegetables in your weekly diet to get a wide range of vitamins and antioxidants that are vital to a healthy body. Switch out your protein for lean sources such as fish, poultry and beans for a simple way to eat healthy.  

Homestead Village’s Plow and Pineapple allows you to choose whatever ingredients you want in your meal, and the chefs prepare it right away for you! Not only do you get delicious fresh made-to-order meals, but it can help you meet your goal. 

3. Take on a Hobby

With so many activities and events happening at senior living communities, there’s always something to do. Learning a new hobby is a fun one that can help you reduce stress and boost your mental health. It also gives you the opportunity to meet some of your fellow residents that you may not have had a chance to meet.  

The added benefit of learning a new hobby is that it also helps to stimulate your brain and boosts plasticity and memory. This helps to give you the ability to strategize and solve problems quicker. Your self-esteem will also benefit when you accomplish a difficult task, such as learning how to strum your favorite tune on a guitar. 

There are many things you can try to learn. Whether it be an instrument, painting, woodworking or even the ever-popular pickleball, you will be sure to find a hobby that helps you to lead a more active lifestyle. Homestead Village has a plethora of activities and events for you to choose from to get started on a new hobby today.  

When you embrace small changes, it leads to big results. These changes not only enhance your quality of life, but also have a healthy impact on your well-being. To learn more about how Homestead Village can help you reach your goals, contact us today!  

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