Nationally, 63% of seniors surveyed cited exercising more frequently followed by eating better (60%) as their top health goals for the year ahead.
The survey also found that:
21% of San Antonio seniors aim to increase the ability to get around by themselves, while 20% would like to reduce chronic pain in the new year
Just 7% of those 60 and older surveyed in San Antonio cited visiting the doctor more frequently as a top health goal in 2019
Quitting smoking and drinking alcohol were the least common New Year’s resolutions, chosen by only 6% and 2% of local seniors, respectively
“We are encouraged to see that the majority of Bexar County seniors are planning to improve their exercise and diet habits heading into 2019,” said Kumar Dharmarajan, MD and Chief Scientific Officer, Clover Health. “Maintaining good physical fitness and nutrition is especially important for older adults looking to stay healthy and active throughout their golden years.”
Approximately 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February, making it important for local seniors to start with the following basic tips to help the new habits stick:
Prepare your meals in advance. It can be overwhelming to figure out and manage how many vitamins and which nutrients you need, which is why it’s important to plan your meals in advance. Consider preparing a week’s worth of dinners to put in the freezer, then pull them out on the day you want to eat them.
Start with simple food substitutions, such as switching out butter or margarine for unsweetened applesauce in baked goods, or trying garlic powder instead of salt in your cooking to avoid the hypertension danger of sodium.
Incorporate cardio, strength, and mobility training into your weekly exercise routine to achieve maximum benefits. Even San Antonio seniors with limited mobility can try chair yoga, light water aerobics, or walking to stay active.
The study from Clover, a healthcare company using technology to improve medical outcomes, was conducted by Wakefield Research of 300 adults age 60 and older in the San Antonio area. The national survey was of 1,000 adults 60+ throughout the U.S.