than half the people who achieve their New Year’s resolution do it the
first time. Don’t give up; this may be your year to achieve your goals.
If you’ve been trying on your own, maybe it’s time you reached out for
programs are not hard to find. They’re offered through hospitals,
clinics and community centers and need not be costly. Find a program
that will maintain or improve cardiovascular fitness, joint
flexibility, muscular strength and endurance. By joining a group,
you’ll be more inclined to keep up the exercise on a regular basis. It
will also help you learn how to properly use stationary bikes,
treadmills, stair climbers, hand weights, and other equipment. Many
programs are even directly tailored to individuals 50 and older. Their
goal is to help older people achieve "functional fitness" by helping
them remain independent and vital. Research suggests seniors who
exercise regularly may be able to avoid, postpone, reduce or reverse
declines in physical performance levels. Just a brief walk each day is
a "step" in the right direction.
losing weight is probably everyone’s top resolution, and can also be
accomplished with help offered through weight management classes. Find
an individualized or group program offered by a registered dietician or
counselor that will help you understand what is causing excess weight,
overeating or resistance to physical activity. You can also learn about
how eating habits should change as you age. For example, there is a
modified food pyramid for those age 70 and older which recommends fewer
calories and servings, but more nutrient–dense foods. Again, many
hospitals are an excellent source for such classes.
if you don’t attend a class to give you that "extra push," at least try
to eat better and in the right amounts. Many people don’t understand
the basics of cooking, or think that cooking involves making large
quantities. But, it needn’t be complicated. Instead of cooking a large
meal, make just a few items. Change your meal choices throughout the
week to meet all your dietary needs. For salads, prewashed packaged
salad greens can be a good alternative to buying heads of lettuce and
cleaning and chopping all the vegetables.
say, situations, not hunger, trigger a stress eater’s desire to
overeat. Tips to break this pattern include taking a walk, run an
errand or get involved in a hobby when the urge to eat is gaining
momentum and develop new responses to the urge to overeat. One positive
response would be to exercise, which will make you feel better and help
good resolution I would add to your list is to stay connected.
Loneliness from living alone after the loss of your wife may be causing
you stress, which is leading to more eating, smoking and a more
sedentary lifestyle. Ways to stay connected include volunteering, to
name just one. Focusing on helping those less fortunate can refresh
wish you all the best for the New Year. Resolutions are hard for
everyone and require discipline for the long–term, but they can be an
immense source of pride if you stay committed. It is important to gain
control over your life, especially at your age.