Staying fit and active in retirement could save you years of ill health and help you to live independently for longer. Here are six top tips for a healthy retirement.
Keep Physically Active
Staying fit in retirement doesn’t have to be a challenge. Most gyms can design a workout program based on your own abilities, which will help you to stay fit. Team sports such as walking soccer have been increasing in popularity in recent years too so if you have been missing the camaraderie of being part of a team this could be a great sport to get into. You should aim to take some form of moderate exercise at least once a day; even walking the dog is better than nothing!
Keep Mentally Active
You may find that you have more time on your hands once you have retired and that could give you the opportunity to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill. Making sure your brain cells remain agile now you are no longer working is an important way of staying fit and healthy, but is often something that gets overlooked.
Many people fear loneliness in retirement, and this is why a social community is a must for seniors. Whether you choose to live among other like-minded people or simply schedule time to see existing friends and family, staying socially active can have a huge impact on your mental health and gives you something to look forward to.
Just because you have retired from the daily grind does not mean that you have to give up working altogether if you don’t want to. Many retirees find that working part-time helps them to stay fit and active. You could find new opportunities in a field you have years of experience in or you could opt to try something completely new. If working for a wage packet no longer appeals to you, many charities need volunteers and would be delighted to have an extra pair of hands. Look for local opportunities in a cause that is close to your heart. This will help you to plan a routine and give you the social contact you may be lacking.
Eating healthily is important throughout your life but as you get older you may find that your appetite is smaller than it used to be. Eating less can make it more difficult to get the nutrients you need to keep your muscles and bones healthy. Try to stick to a balanced diet and eat lots of calcium and vitamin D.
Set Yourself New Goals
If you have always been a goal-orientated person, this doesn’t need to end just because you have retired. Set yourself new goals related to your personal life such as a new exercise target or reaching a higher level in a new hobby to maintain a sense of purpose and achievement.
Follow these top tips to stay fit and active in retirement.