New Years Resolutions for Seniors
The New Year provides us with a wonderful opportunity to set goals. It’s an opportunity to reflect on last years’ high and lows. While many people set New Year’s resolutions, the vast majority give up on their goals three weeks into the New Year. But that doesn’t mean you should be discouraged! Setting a new goal can be both challenging and exciting.
A good rule of thumb to follow is to set a specific goal in an attainable fashion. For example- one common new year’s resolution is to eat healthier. What does that look like? Consume less soda or sugary drinks on a regular basis perhaps? Drink soda twice a week instead of five days a week? By what date will you achieve this goal? Concrete, specific goals can make it easier to actually achieve a resolution. Here are a few New Year’s resolutions to consider.
Exercise for 15 minutes every day
With advances in medicine and technology, seniors are living longer than ever. With this longer lifespan comes the pleasure in passing down traditions, customs, and memories of a time gone by. Staying energetic is key to healthy and balanced aging. That does not mean you need to spend all your spare time exercising! Dedicating a portion of your day – say 15 minutes – to physical activity can add a sense of routine and energy to your day. Make sure to consult with your doctor for daily exercise regimens.
Explore new volunteer opportunities
Restore old friendships
Spend more time with grandkids
Meeting up with your grandchildren shouldn’t require for a special occasion. Staying in touch with your grandkids on a regular basis will strengthen the bond between you and keep the entire family closer together. Take on a new hobby together, share a common interest, go out to dinner or see a movie with them one or twice a month. Spend more time with your loved ones this year.
Resolutions are an incredible way to start fresh, or to press the reset button. Staying motivated to uphold these goals can be a challenge, but where there is a will there is a way. Whether you are starting a new goal or picking up where you left last year, keep yourself accountable. For some resolutions you can record progress towards daily goals and write them down.
Whatever your goal may be, start small, and success will surely be yours in the year ahead!