December is Senior Health Month!
Living a healthy, active lifestyle is important as you get older. Although your dietary needs and physical restrictions may change, it is still important to exercise and eat nutritionally balanced meals. Talk with your doctor about exercises and a diet that will help keep you healthy.
You can also check your health with two free health fairs this month:
- Attend the free Senior Health Fair (for adults 50+) on Friday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m.-noon at The Summit, 2975 Esplanade. Screenings includes a posture test, dental screenings, glucose/cholesterol levels, blood pressure, BMI, and more.
- Join the community for a free Winter Health Fair and Toy Giveaway on Saturday, Dec. 17, 10am-12pm, at Dalworth Recreation Center, 2012 Spikes St. The health fair, presented by the NAACP, free BMI, glucose and cholesterol screening, HIV screenings, dental & eye screening, smoking cessation and drug and alcohol programs and more. Santa Claus will deliver 500 toys and children will have the opportunity to take photos with Santa.
Be sure to first consult your doctor before starting a new workout routine to make sure it is safe. The National Institute on Aging suggests building up to working out for at least 30 minutes every day. This can be broken up into 10 minute sessions if you aren’t able to do the full 30 minutes at on time. Some ideas of exercises are:
- Wall push-ups
- Water aerobics
- Lifting small hand weights
Eating a well-balanced diet is just as important as it was when you were young. Eating nutritious meals helps keep your energy up while giving your body what it needs. However, it is possible that your doctor has limited your diet for one reason or another, such as a low-sodium or a high fiber diet. It is important to stick to what your doctor tells you and be sure to ask him or her if you have any questions.
Always drink plenty of water and other liquids to stay hydrated and watch for drinks with a lot of added sugar or salt. Even if you don’t necessarily feel thirsty, it is important to sip water occasionally.
The Summit: Grand Prairie’s Premier 50+ Club!
The Summit is open seven days a week and serves adults 50 and older. It has a café, fitness area, indoor walking track, 100-seat movie theater, locker rooms with saunas, and more! They have activities every month to keep seniors engaged and socializing. Visit The Summit website for more information and to join!
Sources: NIH Senior Health, National Institute on Aging