10 Ways to Promote a Healthy Retirement Experience for the Elderly
10 Ways to Promote a Healthy
Retirement Experience for the Elderly
Retirement is commonly the “next step” after years and years of being
in the workforce. You’ve raised your family and you might be slowing
down health-wise or just wish to spend time doing other things you
enjoy. Around 65 or so, many tend to start evaluating life and
developing an exit strategy for retirement.
But with retirement can come inactivity and less social opportunities so
it’s important to explore ways to maintain these areas of life to stay as
active, healthy and sharp as possible.
How will you spend your time, and what do you want to do on a typical
day? What do you want to learn, and what do you want to teach?
Most importantly, how can you stay healthy even though you may have
a clean slate. According to an article from sparkpeople.com, here are a
few ways to stay healthy during retirement:
Limber your limbs
Try to walk or jog 20 to 30 minutes, three to five times a week.
Get a hobby
Bowling, fishing, gardening, biking or community projects that require
some physical activity can keep you on the go.
Make strength training a priority
This benefits seniors, as it increases energy levels, reduces stress and
anxiety, delays or prevents age-related disorders and enhances sleep,
balance, endurance and flexibility.
Eat a variety of foods
Avoid cholesterol and limit your total and saturated fats. Also, increase
fiber intake, and especially if you’re a woman, calcium. Finally, drink at
least eight glasses of water every day.
Make sure to get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis.
Learn something new
Experts say intellectual stimulation is one of the basic needs of human
beings. Make a list of all the things you’ve always wanted to learn or try,
then pick out something that’s feasible now.
If you don’t already, picking up reading can be a great way to stay
“current,” pass the time, learn something new and even to keep your
cognitive skills sharp.
Help around the house
If your partners is the one who cooks, make dinner tonight. Take a
healthy cooking class, then show off your new skills.
Exercise with your partner
Tennis, ballroom dancing, mini-marathons, even yoga are fun activities
you can do to stay connected and fit.
Exercise while traveling
When planning a trip, look for ways to be active, like swimming, walking
or boating. Limit calorie-rich meals to maybe once a week. Focus on
healthful foods througout your trip.
Have you or has someone you know retired? How do they spend their
time? It’s very helpful for anyone considering retirement to also
consider their plan for post-retirement living to continue thriving.
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