Seeing the signs of spring put an end to a long, dreary winter often inspires us to make changes and focus on health and wellness. If this describes you, you're in the right place. Today we’ll take a look at some simple things you can do to ensure you have a healthy spring. Get a Checkup The number one thing on your list should be to schedule a checkup with your primary care provider to be sure the changes you plan to make are right for you. It’s also the time to schedule your yearly eye exam, dental exam, and cleaning, and if you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves often it may be time to get your hearing tested. Find a Walking Buddy Pull out your walking shoes and find a buddy to walk with you. Walking is one of the best physical activities for seniors. It helps regulate blood glucose levels, improves bone strength and heart health, and may even help you sleep better at night. Keeping safety in mind, only walk in areas that are suitable for your current fitness level. Sign Up for an Exercise Class If you’re ready to take the next step in increasing your physical activity, sign up for a low-impact aerobics class, aqua therapy, or some other exercise class you would enjoy. The goal is to get yourself moving, increase strength, and improve flexibility and balance. Get Outside Often Spending time outdoors exposes your skin to sunlight to boost your vitamin D levels. Breathing in the fresh air while watching and listening to nature can be incredibly calming and uplifting. In fact, just a few minutes outdoors can be just as effective a stress reliever as one hour of meditation. Freshen Your Diet In spring seasonal produce starts to become available. Adding fresh things like peas, lettuce, strawberries, and asparagus to your diet provide a refreshing change to the heavier meals we typically have in winter. Of course, you should check with your doctor before making dietary changes to make sure it’s right for you. Stay Hydrated Thirst decreases as we age making it important to monitor your fluid intake. Dehydration can affect your memory, make you feel tired, and if severe it can lead to serious complications. Ask your doctor how much water you should drink per day. Fill a pitcher with that amount in the morning with the goal of drinking it all before you go to bed. At Ashbridge Manor Senior Living, we pride ourselves on creating an environment that enables seniors to lead an active lifestyle to improve their health. When it’s time to transition to a senior living facility, contact our professional staff members and we can help make it easy. You can find us at 971 E. Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, PA, call 610.269.8800, or contact us online for more information. Ask us about our move-in special! Ashbridge Manor is a safe, COVID-free senior living community.