3 Ways Seniors Can Eat Healthy During the Winter

Lunch on terraceDuring this time of year, the risk of colds, flus and injuries are at their highest for all of us, especially seniors. Seniors need to be aware of the dangers of illness and how to proactively avoid possible life-threatening conditions. One of the most important things we can do is provide our bodies with healthy foods to give us the necessary fuel to boost immunity and fight off unwanted germs.

3 Ways Seniors Can Eat Healthy During the Winter

1. Eat From All Food Groups.

  • Group 1 – Fruits and Vegetables: incorporate lots of  dark green, red, orange and yellow fruits and veggies into your diet. They are loaded with natural disease-fighting nutrients.
  • Group 2 – Grains: focus on fiber since it helps with digestion. Be sure to increase fiber slowly and to increase fluids at the same time. If you have an intestinal disease, check with your doctor first before increasing your fiber.
  • Group 3 – Milk and Milk Alternatives: Getting enough calcium is highly important for bone and muscle health and especially important in the prevention of osteoporosis. We also need vitamin D, which helps us fight off depression and the winter blues. Try eating more milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.
  • Group 4 – Meat and Meat Alternatives: We need this group for protein, vitamins and minerals. Protein helps repair muscles and keeps us well nourished. Focus on eating more fish, poultry, lentils, chickpeas, nuts and seeds.

 

2. Drink Water. Water makes up most of our body and it is used in the transport of medications, for digestion, for circulation and for our joints and muscles. Water is also essential for our concentration and for our cognitive functioning. Limit sugary juices and caffeine as they actually promote dehydration. If you are not a fan of water, try adding in some lemon, cucumber or fruits -they will alter the flavor and add additional nutrients. Bottom line, the more water you drink, the more you will become accustomed to it and begin to crave it!

3. Have Someone Else Cook. There are many services available for seniors who struggle with either preparing healthy meals or just have a hard time getting to the store during the winter. Check your local resources and see what options are available where you live. In addition, there are many non-profit organizations, such as churches, that offer shut-in meal programs for individuals who need assistance. Don’t be afraid to check into these options and never be afraid to ask for help!

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4 Ways to Keep You and Your Kids Active in the Winter

Happy excited little boy and his young father learning ice-skatiWhen the weather turns bitterly cold (like it has been lately) it’s easy to let your kids stop exercising, pull up the covers and hibernate with them until the temperature rises. Unfortunately, we all know that’s not the best way for our kids to stay healthy and keep their weight in check. If you live where the snow is a common sight during the winter months, it can be a lot of fun to exercise outside with your kids without it actually feeling like exercising.

Make sure you and your kids are dressed appropriately and it’s not too cold. Avoid really windy days too, as the air feels much colder to your skin than the actual temperature. Here are some tips for exercising during the winter months so you are ahead of the game come summertime!

4 Best Ways to Exercise in the Winter

1. Go skiing. Skiing is a lot of fun for people of all ages. It’s relatively low impact on the joints and you can adjust your skill and ability level by finding the right course. If you don’t live near a course, you can also enjoy cross-country skiing across a flat terrain. Be sure to stick to areas suitable for the activity such as your local snow filled park.

2. Go ice skating. Whipping around the rink or gently gliding with kids is a great way to spend a wintery day. It’s social, keeps your heartrate up and is sure to generate lots of laughs with the occasional fall! Just make sure you keep this activity to designated rinks as embarking on frozen ponds and lakes can be hazardous.

3. Walk, jog or run with a game. Cold weather is no reason to stop playing outdoor games and having fun. Gather a few kids and friends to play tag or have a relay race across the snowy yard. This way you and your kids stay active and healthy and still have fun! In addition, bundle up, but don’t over layer as that can lead to overheating.

4. Just play in the snow! Who says only school kids can enjoy snow days? Playing with children or grandchildren in the snow is an excellent calorie burner! It takes more effort to move your body around in the snow so you will be surprised at how quickly you get winded. Having fun with kids in the snow is a great bonding experience as well.

 

Not sure if outside exercise is still right for you and your kids? There are many inside options you can consider when planning your winter exercise. Malls can become a great place to walk and have a scavenger hunt. Gyms and local YMCAs are also great resources to keep your winter workout warm and on track.

Winter weather can provide so many great ways for your kids and yourself to get your daily exercise in! Should you find yourself a little sore from all that snowy fun, stop by New Visions in Coldwater to our line of pain relief products that can benefit you! We are offering $50.00 off the LaserTouchOne right now! Come in and try it out!

How to Keep Your Senior Safe as Winter Approaches

Senior in front of fireAs winter and the holidays approach you think of beautiful snow, cuddling by a fire, and sipping hot chocolate.However, with all the celebration comes great danger with winter weather and holiday festivities. How do you keep you or your aging loved one safe from the weather?

5 Ways to Keep Your Senior Safe During the Winter Season

Avoid Extreme Cold.  Taking a walk during the winter can be invigorating and healthy; there’s nothing like some fresh air to keep you healthy and relaxed.  However, if the temperature is dropping, you may need to rethink that stroll outside and walk at the local YMCA or mall instead. As you age, you become more sensitive to the cold and you are at a greater risk of hypothermia. Keep a close eye on the temperature before you wander outside.

Keep Outside Walkways Clean.  Cleaning off snow and ice can be a chore, but you need to make sure that if grandma and grandpa want to go out and avoid “Cabin Fever,” they can get out safely.Hire someone to clean the sidewalk and driveway regularly during the winter months and give them your number in case they see something out of the ordinary. It is great to have another set of eyes keeping track of our aging loved ones, especially in the winter.

Make Sure Heat Source is Operating Correctly.  To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, makes sure the furnace is functioning properly. Have a qualified heating professional do maintenance on the furnace and venting system. If mom and dad use a space heater on those extra bitter days, make sure it is working properly and that it is stored where it is not a hazard when not in use.

Watch Out for the Holiday Clutter.  You need to keep things in order and remember that the holidays and winter tend to bring more “stuff.” Where do you put the “stuff”? Avoid putting things in their walkway pattern in the house and make sure electrical cords are out of the way to prevent mom or dad from falling.  If they received many new things from the holidays, make sure they are located where they won’t cause a fall.

Keep Seniors Active to Avoid Winter Depression.  Many times when winter sets in, seniors tend to stay home and leave exercise and socialization behind. Don’t let your loved one spend too much time alone. It is not healthy. You need to have them socialize and participate in physical activity in order to stay healthy and not get depressed and lonely. Make sure you involve mom or dad in activities that get them out among friends and family. Also, try to find ways to keep them active so they can enjoy the fun of winter activities safely.

Just recently we had a customer stop in the store to look for a new way to get her mom mobile during the winter. She was concerned she would get depressed if she could not get out and socialize with friends. We suggested one of our scooters to help her mom stay active and mobile during the cold weather. She found one that fit her needs, and now her mom can get around and visit her family and friends rather than staying inside alone during the cold winter months.

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