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New Year’s Resolutions for a healthier, happier 2016

It’s another year. But, more importantly, it’s another year to enjoy.

New Year’s Resolutions are often made, but sadly many are discarded by March. This year, in a commitment to yourself, your health and your independence, here are some tips to making some resolutions that will surely make 2016 a happy one for you and the people in your life.

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New Year’s Resolutions for a healthier, happier 2016

It’s another year. But, more importantly, it’s another year to enjoy.

New Year’s Resolutions are often made, but sadly many are discarded by March. This year, in a commitment to yourself, your health and your independence, here are some tips to making some resolutions that will surely make 2016 a happy one for you and the people in your life.

The New Year is often seen as an opportunity for a fresh start, setting a variety of personal goals for optimum health, wellness and productivity. Have you committed yourself to being more mobile? Is this the year the stairs no longer present a barrier to you by comparing and installing a new stairlift? With the five ideas below, you can do some little things that will have big benefits.

 

Restart that hobby or find a new one

There are so many things that keep us happy. For many, a hobby has provided years of enjoyment. Whether you need to revive a hobby, or develop a new one, there are plenty of reasons to start in 2016. From painting a still life to starting an interesting collection, use the fresh start of the New Year as inspiration to get back to one of your favourite pastimes.

You will be amazed how quickly you rekindle good memories. Many hobbies do not require a lot of investment or travel. And many help you get connected with the community. If you have a passion for knitting, then maybe your woollen caps can be donated to those less fortunate this winter via projects such as Knit for Peace. The possibilities are endless.

Walk every day

Health experts agree that just 20 minutes of physical activity a day can pay huge dividends. Activities such as walking can help you reap huge health benefits. According to the NHS, seniors can decrease their risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and more just by staying active. The NHS advocates a mixture of strength exercises along with moderate aerobic activity.

In many towns and cities, the local leisure centre offers specialised health and fitness classes for older people. Your body, mind and spirit will thank you – give it a go!

Share your experiences with grandchildren and others

They are treasures and will always bring a smile to your face. Whether nearby or far away, there are plenty of ways to keep your grandchildren in your mind and heart. Children love receiving mail, and a handwritten letter is the perfect way to tell them how you feel. You can even try developing a relationship with a pen pal – sharing your life with others can enrich the lives of others too. Some popular pen pal introduction sites include Interpals and Maarten’s Snail Mail.

Technology has also improved to help keep connected. Facebook, email and video conferencing like Skype allow you to have long conversations with your far-off loved ones. Staying connected with family and friends is more likely to feel content, happy and confident.

 

Go sugar-free in 2016

We all love a nice pudding. But as we get older, over-indulgence in sweets can lead to a variety of un-intended health concerns. Although occasional treats are okay, there are a number of sugar-free options that will have benefits in the long run. Unhealthy weight gain and high blood sugar levels can negatively impact your health, and ultimately your mobility and independence. To celebrate the New Year, make an effort to skip that cake a few times a week, or choose the sugar-free option instead.

 

Volunteer your time

If you have the time and energy, volunteering can give you an amazing sense of purpose and enjoyment. With foodbanks, animal shelters, charity shops and healthcare support groups, there are so many options for active seniors to get involved. You can even provide support for other seniors who are looking for companionship. You will help and make friends at the same time.

And don’t worry, you don’t have to take the equivalent of a full-time job, just an hour a week will provide you with a wealth of satisfaction.

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