Guest Blogger: Jason Lewis

No matter your age, you can put your quality of life first. As your birthdays add up, you may worry about the health effects of aging. While your body changes as you become older, it is still possible, and in fact even more important, to live healthily.

Take advantage of your senior years to take on hobbies that you never had a chance to try before. Many seniors reach retirement age and have more time on their hands than ever before. Those with hobbies tend to have a longer lifespan, an increased feeling of happiness, increased resiliency, and less risk for dementia.

When trying to find a new hobby, consider your interests. Explore various activities and leave those you do not like behind. Also, consider your limitations. If you cannot handle rigorous activity, you may not want to join a hiking group. However, give yourself the opportunity to try hobbies you may not have thought you were good at.

Gardening is one of the most common hobbies because it helps you stay active while you grow your yard into a beautiful garden. Other popular pastimes include joining book clubs, studying genealogy, learning an instrument, crafting, and volunteering.

Improve Your Condition with Healthy Habits

According to experts, exercise can improve conditions such as diabetes. Not only can it benefit your physical health, but it can also improve your mental well-being. Regular exertion can even treat mild to moderate depression similarly to antidepressants. When you exercise, you encourage neural growth and activity patterns that help maintain calm. Likewise, the activity releases tension in your body and boosts your mental and physical energy.

Try working out about 20 to 30 minutes every day. A good workout may consist of walking, swimming, or strength training. Some of the best exercises for seniors include chair yoga, water aerobics, Pilates, and yoga. When exercising, listen to your body. By knowing your limitations, you can pick routines that do not exacerbate any of your current conditions or disabilities.

Turn Your Passion into a Business

Did you know that many older adults become entrepreneurs? Moreover, businesses run by older people tend to last longer. Generally, most seniors know what they want out of life and know how to chase it. If you start a company in your golden years, it is more likely to be something you have a passion for.

If you find yourself passionate about any of your new or old hobbies, consider starting a business. You can turn your passion into money if you know which steps to take. When thinking about starting a business, ask yourself if you want to dedicate your life to it. Are you willing to put in the hours to create a business from scratch? Ease into it with a side hustle. If those gigs go well, you can write your business plan and form a real company.

Before starting, research how you plan to operate the company. Consider a “doing business as” name. With a DBA name for your company, you can offer various services under different names. Likewise, if you do not have access to a good domain in your business’s name, you can market your services and make a website under a new available name. A service like Zenbusiness can take care of your DBA formation, IRS EIN number application, and other business setup requirements.

However old you are, you can always improve your quality of life if you take control of your health. Look towards exercise and healthy habits, hobbies, and fulfilling activities to live a healthy, happier life.

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