Fun Activities can Help You be Healthy
Mon July 1st, 2019
Raise your hand if you want to be healthy as you age. Most of us want to avoid sickness as we age and strive to be healthy enough to enjoy life to a ripe, old age. The usual tips such as eating healthy, exercising and avoiding smoking are often heard but did you know that participating in activities you enjoy can also help support healthy aging?
One of the common things that causes depression in older adults is isolation. Spending too much time alone is not good for your health. If you notice yourself or a loved one spending too much time at home alone, make a change. Join a meet-up group, volunteer or choose a social activity to get involved in.
Here are some activities to consider:
- Take an art class
- Join a meet-up group
- Join a support group
- Revisit an old hobby you haven't done in a long time
- Go to a concert
- Join a club
- Call an old friend you may have lost contact with
- Find a local event to attend
- Get a part-time job
- Take a dance class
- Take a course
- Play cards or games with friends
- Learn something new (a cooking or computer class)
Getting involved in activities that you enjoy can:
- Reduce your chance of developing a disease (such as dementia or other health problems)
- Help you to live longer– Adults who engage in activities they enjoy and find meaningful live longer
- Make you happier and less at risk for depression
- Better cope with loss
- Improve cognition– Studies show that memory, problem solving, comprehension and thinking abilities improved after an activity such as an 8 session (4 week) acting course
Doing activities that are physically active are also helpful for contributing to your health such as gardening, bowling or walking with a friend. Remember to check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise or physical activity program.
Living a social meaningful like is a big part of the puzzle for healthy living. Today is a new day! Get out there and do something fun!
Source: US Dept of Health and Human Services (NIA) National Institute on Aging