May is Older Americans Month.  The 2016 theme, “Blaze a Trail,” emphasizes the ways older adults are reinventing themselves through new work and passions, engaging their communities, and blazing a trail of positive impact on the lives of people of all ages.

It’s never too late to get more active or revamp your diet.  Small changes can lead to huge differences in the way you feel and the way your body works.  Although you should always consult with your doctor before making changes, there are easy steps you can take toward overall wellness-regardless of your age.  Important things to keep in mind:

  1. Start slowly – If you have not been exercising, choose something low-impact that you can do a little at a time.
  2. Exercising is less of a chore when you do it with other people you enjoy – Gather a group of friends or join a class that offers what you are looking for.
  3. Activity is important, but nutrition is equally vital – Try keeping an honest record of what you eat to see how you are doing.

4. Wellness is a matter of body and mind – Eating healthy foods and staying active may reduce risks to your brain’s health.  Do even more by learning new things and exercising your mind.  Try reading, playing games, taking a class, or simply being social.