Healthy New Year's resolutions for seniors

The end of 2012 is just around the corner, and some seniors may be scrambling to come up with a New Year's resolution for 2013. It can be a tough decision to be sure, but for older adults who want to focus on healthy aging this coming year, there are a few resolutions that can help them work toward their goal.

Committing to exercising more is one of the most common New Year's resolutions for adults of all ages, and it should be no different for seniors. Older adults can reap considerable benefits from making a point to work out more frequently in 2013. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends seniors get 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Regular physical activity can do everything from lower the risk of heart disease to improve mental health, experts say.

Eating healthier is also a common resolution, but seniors may want to have a more specific approach. In this case, adding tomatoes to their diet will be a healthy New Year habit. A host of studies came out this year touting the health benefits of tomatoes, including one in October that found tomatoes to contain an antioxidant known as lycopene that considerably lowers one's stroke risk. Given that strokes affect around 795,000 people in the United States each year, it might be a good idea for seniors to add some tomatoes to their salads.

Seniors should also think about resolving to be more socially engaged during 2013. Joining a club or volunteer organization may not seem like it has anything to do with health, but that's certainly not the case. Social engagement can reduce loneliness, which could have a serious impact on seniors' well-being.