WELLNESS BASICS

THE 30-DAY CHALLENGE:
A Model for Change

The idea is simple: Focus on making one positive, sustainable lifestyle change over the next 30 days. Then add another one. Think of how different your life could be a year from now! This approach makes behavioral change do-able while giving you a greater sense of confidence and control over your life. Here’s a “change menu” to choose from—or make your own.

Physical Fitness

Fitness is at the core of aging well, because being functional and pain-free are so entwined with your quality of life. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend hours in the gym. What you do to be active matters less than doing something.

Healthy Eating

You can’t lose or keep off weight with exercise alone. What you eat is just as important, or more so. But healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated. Just practice moderation, ignore diet fads, and think about what you’re eating before you eat it. Remember, your body needs quality fuel.

Quality Sleep

As we age, it gets harder to fall asleep, we wake up more often, have shorter periods of deep sleep. Yet we need just as much sleep as younger folks, and being sleep-deprived can be a serious health hazard. Sedatives aren’t a good remedy, sleep scientists say. Improving sleep hygiene is a better idea.

Positivity

People who stay optimistic and engaged with the world tend to be healthier, live longer, and be more resilient in the face of challenges. Science tells us that a positive mindset and strong relationships are powerful medicine.

Lowered Stress

From small daily hassles to the state of the world, we all have plenty to grit our teeth over—and stress has a nasty habit of feeding on itself. When it’s chronic, stress can become hazardous to our health.

Sense Of Purpose

We all need a reason to get up in the morning … something that energizes us and brings meaning to our lives. But purpose doesn’t have to be something impressive. It could be as simple as being kind to friends, family or neighbors.