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New Year’s Resolution: How to Stay Active & Healthy After Retirement

Once you retire, one of the most important keys to staying healthy is to keep active. According to USNews.com, “An active retirement is not just keeping busy, but engaging in quality activities that make your life worthwhile.” Sounds like a great New Year’s resolution to us!  Here are some tips from AV Homes to get you started on an active & healthy retirement.

 

  • Exercise. One of the most obvious ways to stay healthy is to get movingIn retirement, you have the luxury of exercising when you want – and you have plenty of options to choose from at AV HOMES. Whether you’re biking, swinging a tennis racket, or even chasing your grandkids around, physical activity promotes stronger bones, improved strength and balance, reduced risk of heart disease, and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Studies also have shown physical exercise helps prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and some researchers suggest exercise may also improve immunity.
  • Stimulate your mind. Keeping your mind sharp without the stimulation of a work environment is hard. But studies have shown that participants who engaged in creative hobbies were significantly less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who were intellectually inactive. So, choose activities that make you think. Some people read; others prefer puzzles or brain twisters. Take online courses. Learn to play a musical instrument.
  • Play cards. Invite some friends over to play a few hands of bridge, and you just might give your immune system a boost at the same time. Research has linked bridge players’ need to use memory, visualization and sequencing during the game with increased numbers of immune cells afterward.
  • Stay close to your friends. Dedicate more time to personal relationships. Researchers say building up your “social capital” promotes health and happiness as people age. Frequent social activity—such as watching movies, attending sporting events and playing games—decreases the chances of dementia, significant cognitive decline, and even physical disability. 
  • Renew your sense of purpose. Volunteer your time, years of experience, and wisdom. Research has shown that having a sense of purpose may help you live longer, and other studies have found that older adults who participate in activities they believe are meaningful often report feeling happier and healthier. There are thousands of organizations seeking volunteers, so it shouldn’t be hard to find something you love.

Retirement doesn’t mean stepping back from a full, healthy life. In fact, with 20+ years of life remaining after retirement, this is the time to do anything and everything! By making your health a priority, you can keep your mind and body as young as you feel. Call AV HOMES today to learn more about our active lifestyle 55+ communities, or visit us at AVHomesInc.com.  Retire from work… not life.