Americans today are leading longer lives. Life expectancy has increased significantly over the past forty years, from 70.81 years in the 1970s to 79.7 currently. According to the 2017 US Census, this number is expected to rise to around 85.6 in 2060. Our golden years are an excellent time to make the most out of life as we take a backseat from the hectic lifestyle of juggling career, family, and friends. At the same time, we get to live a happier and healthier life where we can truly find true balance. From volunteering your time to eating delicious, nutritious meals, here are five tips for leading an active lifestyle in retirement.
As we get older, our bodies may become frailer and be more prone to ailments and illnesses. However, that shouldn’t be an excuse to get in at least 2 hours 30 mins of exercise per week. Mundane, light activities and exercises like performing household chores, gardening, brisk walking or going for a slow jog can introduce movement into your daily routine to keep you healthy. According to research by scientists, people who incorporate 30 mins of exercise a week significantly reduce the risk of premature deaths and developing chronic conditions like cardiovascular diseases by 25%.
Eat Healthy, Nutritious Meals
While you should cut down on the number of calories as you grow older, the amount of nutrition you should consume should not decrease. In conjunction with leading an active lifestyle, eating healthy meals with the right nutrients will be critical in providing sufficient energy daily and controlling your weight. In addition, this will be key in reducing the chances of developing chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary disease, diabetes, hypertension, and cancers, leading to premature death.
Volunteer at Your Local Community
Volunteering at your local charity, advocacy, or disability services organization is a great way to spend your time while contributing something meaningful to your neighborhood. You get to engage in social activities, make new friends/acquaintances, and foster stronger bonds with strangers, which can go a long way in developing empathy and multi-societal understanding. Additionally, research scientists have found that volunteering will significantly improve mental health by reducing the risk of depression and anxiety. When it comes to helping others, age is truly just a number.
Learn a New Skill
Now that you have all the free time in the world after your retirement, why not pick up a new skill, enroll in a new course, or further your education? Learning is a lifelong process and shouldn’t stop just because you are older and have managed to establish a successful and illustrious career. There is a benefit in learning a skill that you might be unfamiliar with. It can keep your mind engaged and stimulated while reducing the risks of developing dementia as you enjoy your golden years.
Join a Retirement Community
Now that your children are all grown up and married with children, it is time for you to take a backseat as a parent and come forward as an individual. The retirement community is a vibrant social environment that encourages residents to intermingle and learn from residents of all backgrounds, races, and occupations. Here at the Welstone at Mission Crossing, we understand the importance of a well-balanced lifestyle, and that is why we take a holistic approach to our living options and daily programs. Our dedicated team members are determined to deliver the best quality service and help you live a carefree, happy life.
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