March ushers in a lot of changes: Daylight Savings (March 10), first day of Spring (March 20 – although we’ve had a few days of snow flurries), Opening Day of Baseball (March 31) and the transition from indoor activities to outdoor – if the flurries see fit to depart.
The 40th Anniversary of National Nutrition Month also falls in March, which is perfect timing for individuals who have perhaps abandoned their New Year’s resolutions to develop healthy habits.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics launched its “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” campaign for 2013, to encourage healthy eating habits based on personal preferences, cultural and ethnic traditions and individual health concerns.
Healthy eating isn’t one-size-fits-all, which is great for those who aren’t motivated by a bowl of salad greens or a breakfast smoothie; and staying active doesn’t mean you have to train for a half-marathon. Choosing foods and activities that suit your preferences and lifestyle increase the likelihood that you will maintain healthy habits over the long-term.
Because our bodies change as we age, those foods that we enjoyed and that suited our nutrition needs in past decades may not be absorbed as easily today. Eating a diet rich in essential vitamins and nutrients, such as Folic Acid, Choline, Vitamins C, D, E and K; and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc, among others, helps keep skin, bones and digestion functioning properly, and may also help fight diseases such as cancer, heart disease and stroke, among others.
Activities such as walking, swimming and weight training are important to maintaining body function as well as preventing disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening exercises on two or more days each week.
The CDC guidelines may seem excessive, but experts remind seniors that 150 minutes is the equivalent of watching a movie, but with benefits that can impact your well-being and ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Each Windsong community features walkable streets and a clubhouse with fitness center that makes the exercise portion more fun and accessible; and luxury kitchens with accessible work spaces offer the opportunity to create healthy meals for yourself, as well as when entertaining family and friends.
Welcome home to Windsong, Where (health and) Life’s A Breeze!