As a grandparent, there are two major components to maintaining an active lifestyle: keeping up your physical health and maintaining your mental health. And though you may not always have complete control over either one of these, you have years of insight and wisdom to draw from to make inroads in both. Let us share a few suggestions that should keep you going strong.

Remain Physically Active

Okay, this may seem obvious, but it’s also likely to be the one thing on this list you’re not doing as much or as often as you should be. Don’t be too hard on yourself – most of us aren’t as active as we know we should be. As we grow older, it’s especially important for you to remain as active as you possibly can.This can be anything from taking walks to going to the gym to swimming laps in the pool at the community center. Your grandchildren are full of vitality, so you should do as much as you can to help you keep up with their energy level. Stay active physically active – you won’t regret it.

Interact with your grandkids

This is every grandparent’s favorite activity. Nothing can make you happier than spending quality time with your grandchildren, and few things will keep your mental faculties as sharp as hanging around with younger inquisitive minds. We’re sociable from the time we’re born, and the best way to develop and hone our communication and language skills is from an able teacher: you! Communicating openly and positively with your grandkids makes them feel valuable and confident, and there are many ways to do it. Talking is the easiest, of course, but reading a book and listening to music together can form deep bonds between you. Best of all, you don’t have to pick just one!

Keep Up With the Times

We know all too well that change is inevitable. People tend to fear change, but deep inside we recognize that it’s going to happen whether we like it or not. When it comes to change, a little flexibility goes a long way. One of the most difficult things to keep up with for any age group is technology. The internet and social media are a part of everyday life now, and new ways to communicate and exchange information are appearing all the time. Use these tools not only to help sharpen your mental faculties, but as a handy way of staying in touch with your grandkids. Log onto Facebook to send them a message, or just to see what they’ve been up to. Skype and FaceTime are great ways to video chat, especially if you and your grandchildren live far away from each other. Long distances aren’t what they used to be!

Stay active and engaged, and make sure your insurance keeps up with you and your needs. We’re always here to help at HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, and we do it at no cost to you. Visit us online today, or call us 24/7 at (800) 429-5058.

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