Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. If one small positive thought can infuse your day with optimism, imagine what a dedicated morning routine focused on putting your best foot forward can do!
According to the World Health Organization, the aging process hinges more on our lifestyle and behavioral choices than our genetics. In other words, you have more control over the direction of your golden years than you might think. That is precisely why the time to be proactive about choices is now.
A healthy and consistent morning routine for retirees can be the cornerstone of a day filled with productivity and general wellbeing. That daily checklist for the elderly can lower stress, keep the mind sharper and provide the energy you need for the day’s adventures.
A sample retiree daily schedule may include any of the following options for waking up with enthusiasm and embracing the five dimensions of wellness daily.
It Starts with a Stretch
Morning stretches for seniors are the gold standard for getting the blood flowing and releasing those neurotransmitters that make you feel awake and energized. A short stretch routine that targets the back and both upper and lower body sends the message to your body – and mind - it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee. As you gently, and safely nudge those muscles into activity, the cobwebs of sleep will make way for clarity and purpose.
Combine your stretching regimen with meditative breathing and intentional thought. Even a few minutes of mindfulness can reduce stress and improve memory while decreasing pain, anxiety and depression.
Put it on Paper
Organize your intentions for the day ahead by writing in a daily journal. Putting your thoughts on paper can help you set both long-term goals and short-term aspirations for the day. Writing down positive affirmations and listing out daily goals can help you begin thinking intentionally.
Daily Wake Up Call
Waking up at the same time every day can give the day a sense of purpose. It may also have a positive impact on mood and sleep patterns.
It’s not a matter of IF you need to incorporate physical activity into your morning routine. It’s a matter of when. Some people like to stretch and hop on the treadmill. Others prefer to eat breakfast and exercise later in the morning. It all depends on what works best for you. No matter where you put exercise on your morning schedule, make sure it is there in big, bold, letters. Whether it’s a class with friends, a walking group, trip to the gym or home workout, find an activity suited to your fitness level and be consistent. Your body – and spirit – will be grateful.
Find Out What’s Happening in the World
Stay part of the conversation by keeping in touch with current events. Tune into your favorite news station every morning to feel connected to the larger world. Staying informed helps keep the mind sharp and active.
Become a member of one of Overture’s premier active adult communities and choose from a wide variety of morning activities to jumpstart your day.
You will rise with enthusiasm each morning, and shine all day and night at a place dedicated to making your experience all it was meant to be.