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Getting older can come with so many perks, such as retirement, more peace, and an ability to finally relax. However, if you want to truly make the most of your golden years, you have to be willing to take control of your physical and mental health. Here are some simple habits you can start now to commit to a healthier, happier life.

Buy Yourself a New Mattress

Sleep is the cornerstone of any healthy lifestyle, but many seniors are dealing with less-than-perfect sleep routines. You can start improving your sleep by beginning with a new bed. Mattresses get worn out after seven to 10 years, and it’s important for seniors to find the best mattress to provide healthy spine alignment and pressure-point relief. Once you find a bed that’s a better fit for you, try some other methods for making over your sleep habits so you can boost your mental and physical health.

Take Some Exercise Classes

If you want to have the energy to enjoy your golden years, you need to get in some regular exercise. Exercise benefits adults and seniors by boosting energy levels, increasing endorphins, and getting you in an overall better mood. Want to further increase those physical and mental health benefits? Try signing up for some exercise classes and working out with others. Aside from providing some positive social connections, group exercise also motivates you to get through your workout and push yourself to do more.

Volunteer for a Good Cause

It’s important for you to take time to relax in retirement. However, if you do want a positive way to fill up your days, you may want to think about volunteering in your community. Volunteer work has been shown to have some pretty positive effects on overall mental health, and it can help keep you active too. Look online for websites that match volunteers to open opportunities, or try calling up your favorite local charities to see if they need help.

Try a Mediterranean Diet

For seniors looking to live a longer, healthier life, eating a Mediterranean diet may be key. With plenty of healthy vegetables, this style of eating is a great way to enhance your physical health and ward off serious health issues, such as stroke and heart attack. The healthy fats may also help prevent dementia and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, which can lessen your need for long-term care as you get older.

Be Sure to Exercise Your Brain

You know it’s important to work out your muscles and heart, but did you know you need to keep your brain active as well? You can help your brain stay healthy by incorporating some simple activities into your daily routine. Try to commit those grocery lists to memory and work out math problems inside your head. Learning a new sport, language, instrument, or even a recipe can help improve your brain function and memory as well.

Consider Adopting a New Pet

Along with unconditional love and trust, pets provide seniors with so many other benefits. If you are feeling a little lonely, adopting a dog or cat can give you the companionship you need, and pets can provide a much-needed routine. Dogs can also help you get out and meet new people and get a little extra exercise when you take them on walks. Check local shelters to find your new best friend and help a homeless animal in need in the process.

Declutter and Organize Your Home

As we age we tend to collect a lot of stuff. If your stuff is cluttering up your home, you could be adding additional stress to your life. Clutter can be a source of anxiety and depression, so make sure you take steps to keep it out of your home. Start small when organizing your home, but don’t be afraid to toss out what you no longer need.

If you’re an older adult, you should be excited to start your golden years. These are the best years of your life, so make sure you do all you can to enjoy them!


About the Author: Jason Lewis is passionate about helping seniors stay healthy and injury-free. He created StrongWell to share his tips on senior fitness.