Your health is incredibly important. With good health, you can continue living the life you want to live even as you grow older. The opposite is also true. With poor health, you may find it difficult to continue enjoying the hobbies and activities that you’re passionate about.

Adopting healthy habits is one of the most effective ways to protect your health. It makes caring for yourself a part of your daily routine instead of something that needs to be planned for. 2021 is the perfect year to adopt a healthier lifestyle by embracing healthy new habits. Continue reading to learn what you can do in 2021 to take care of your health.

Make Healthy Eating a Priority

Eating nutrient-rich foods is one of the best things a person can do for their health. This becomes even more important as we age.

Older adults have slower digestive systems than their younger counterparts. This means high-fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains should become a key part of your diet in 2021. Get into the habit of eating these foods, and you’ll find yourself feeling happier and more energetic this year.

Don’t Forget to Socialize

Loneliness is linked to a number of serious health conditions, including dementia, depression, and even an increased risk of death. Take care of your health in 2021 by making a habit out of socializing with others.

You can do this by creating a weekly socialization schedule. Make time to visit with family, friends, and the other important people in your life. Doing so will enrich your life while also diminishing your risks of experiencing negative health outcomes.

Make Exercise a Daily Occurrence

Exercise is another incredibly important component of your health. Those who don’t exercise have less energy and a greater risk of experiencing depression and memory loss.

Your exercise routine doesn’t need to be complex. It can be as simple as taking a walk each day. You can even use exercise as an opportunity to socialize. Organizations like Silver Sneakers are making this easier than ever.

Consider signing up for it to enjoy some of the company’s fitness classes, which are dedicated to older adults. You may even be able to cover the costs of doing so with your Medicare health insurance.

Develop a Healthy Sleeping Routine

Getting enough sleep is another essential part of living a healthy life. Waking and insomnia are common occurrences among older adults. You can work to prevent these by developing a healthy sleeping routine.

The best sleepers follow a similar routine each evening before going to bed. Yours may involve bathing, reading a book, or even meditating a bit before you sleep. Over time, having a routine like this will train your body to fall asleep when you want it to.

Take Advantage of Medicare’s Preventative Health Resources

Older adults can also make 2021 their healthiest year ever by taking advantage of the many health resources offered by Medicare. Your Medicare Part A or Part B health insurance may cover free physicals, free vision screening, free mental health consultations, and more.

Make a habit out of utilizing as many of these resources as possible in 2021. Doing so could be just what you need to live a healthier, happier life this year.

If you’d like to learn more about the Medicare resources that are available to you, consider consulting with one of Time for 65’s partnered licensed agents. They’re Medicare experts who can tell you more about your options. You can reach an agent by filling out this form or giving us a call.