The Importance of Staying Active During Retirement
It’s easy to be excited about retirement immediately after you say goodbye to your full-time job. As time passes, your endless free time can become a burden if you don’t find ways to fill it with rewarding activities.
Sometimes we may feel the burden of tight finances in retirement, and believe that there simply aren’t as many ways to enjoy life as we used to. It doesn’t have to be that way! There are plenty of activities you can get involved with for a minimal cost, especially during your retirement years. Start by making use of senior discounts, your AARP card, and look online to see what benefits are available to you in your area. Maybe you’ll find that with your ID, you have free admission to your local art museum or zoo. We bet you’ll be surprised at how much you can do without racking up unnecessary expenditures!
It’s also quite important for you to stay active in your older years, not just for physical reasons, but also for your mental health. Here’s why:
- Exercise can improve your mood as well as ease symptoms of chronic illnesses and build strength.
- Getting out of the house is critical for keeping away depression, anxiety, and other mood-based disorders, which can make you feel even less likely to go out and do something for yourself.
- The more you go and do, the less you’ll feel like you want to stay inside in front of those soap operas all day long!
According to Webmd.com, exercise is great for all ages. Don’t just fall into the myth that you can’t exercise if you’re getting into your 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, or even 90’s! See your doctor and ask about beneficial exercises for your physical condition.
Did you know that only 30% of folks between 45 and 64 report that they participate in physical activity as a part of recreational time?
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Even just climbing stairs, swimming, dancing, and brisk walking can keep your strength, your mood, and your memory in top shape. The more you stay active, the stronger you can stay physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Not Sure Where to Start? How About a Few of These Suggestions:
- Do strength-training with a friend, a neighbor, or even at the local YMCA.
- Swimming classes for retirees can help to maintain health, balance, and flexibility.
- Go for walks around the block, either solo or in a group.
- Spend time with others outside (Find reasons to leave your house!)
- Set yourself a schedule. Allow a certain amount of time in front of the TV or the computer per day, and then turn it off like you would if you were disciplining your own children when they were young!
- Volunteer. Anywhere, everywhere. Wherever you have an interest. The library, a non-profit, a soup kitchen, a daycare center are all good options!
- Spend time outside and take photographs of nature to increase your motivation. Soak up the sun and some vitamin D too!
- Walk your dog outside as much as possible or offer to a walk a neighbor’s dog
Once you start getting more active, you’ll find that there are a lot of ways to stay healthy and happy in retirement. Talk to friends and family for information about exercise groups, new hobby ideas, and other activities in your area!