One of the leading causes of hospitalization for senior citizens is falls, which can result in serious injuries for those who have osteoporosis and degenerative diseases of the joints like arthritis. To prevent such injuries and keep your bones and joints moving freely as you get older, you should make these healthy habits part of your daily routine.
Take a walk
Exercise is essential for healthy bones and joints, and you do not need much to reap optimal benefits. A short 20-30 minute walk each day can be enough to help you maintain a healthy weight, boost your circulation, and keep your joints moving with full flexibility. Other fun and simple ways to get moving include swimming, aerobic exercises, and yoga.
Eat more green veggies
You might think of milk as the ultimate source of calcium, but leafy green vegetables such as kale, broccoli, and spinach can provide you with 15% of your daily recommended value of calcium in a single serving. Plus, these foods are much friendlier for your digestive system and your waistline. Other foods to eat more often include fatty fish, nuts, whole wheat cereals, and calcium-fortified juices.
Wear comfortable shoes
Simply swapping out your everyday shoes can make a big difference in your bone and joint health. Shoes that provide good arch support without pinching or binding the feet will soften the impact from daily activities and prevent injuries to the more delicate bones and joints in the feet.
Living at The Lakes at Waterford, you can maintain excellent health by participating in life-enrichment opportunities utilizing the Rush Copley Healthplex (a state of the art health club), complimentary passes and enjoying maintenance-free luxury accommodations. To explore what The Lakes has to offer for your active lifestyle, call 630-585-8047 today.