No matter how you look at it, you can no longer use work as an excuse to not exercise once you retire. It’s a good thing too because your Golden Years are a great time to kick your exercise routine into full gear. We all know the benefits of regular physical activity, one of them being improving your quality of life as you age.
If you’re worried about how you can start your new and improved exercise routine, don’t worry – we’ve compiled a list of ways you can stay fit in retirement!
Simple Steps to Physical Fitness
When we think of retirement, we might think of lazy days and non-stop relaxation. Relaxation is certainly a key part of retirement – you’ve certainly deserved it after all those years of working – but it’s important to find that perfect balance of relaxation and physical activity.
The good news is that staying fit in retirement is easier than you may think! It mainly involves making some simple lifestyle changes, like the ones outlined below:
- Rethink how you get from point A to point B. Before retirement, our busy schedules almost forced us to drive everywhere. But now that you don’t have to always be running around on a strict schedule, try walking or biking to your destination. We know this may not be a realistic option for everyone, but making this small adjustment can have a big impact.
- Spend time with the kids. For most older adults, family time is always time well-spent. If you have any grandchildren, you know that keeping up with them can be a lot of work, but it’s also a great way to work up a sweat. Take them for a picnic in the park for the day, or find another activity you can all enjoy together. Your local community center or parks and recreation department is bound to have plenty of ideas.
- Take up a sport. There’s nothing wrong with bringing out a bit of your competitive side! Not only is it a great way to get some exercise, but playing sports is also a great way to socialize with others. Swimming, golf, hiking and bocce are all great low-impact exercises you can enjoy with others. Again, check your community center for any senior leagues.
- Do some work around the house. Not all of us may be huge fans of doing chores, but basic chores like vacuuming, cleaning windows and washing dishes burn a lot of calories. Although these tasks may seem mundane, they’re a lot better for your health than watching endless hours of TV.
- Enjoy your favorite (and beneficial) activities. You may even already be doing some exercise without even realizing it! Do you like to garden? Gardening for 45 minutes can burn up to 200 calories. Do you enjoy sightseeing? Take a nature walk and boost your mental health. Some other great outdoor exercises for seniors are swimming, yoga, tai chi and cycling.
By looking for any way to incorporate some exercise into your daily routine and by following these 5 tips for staying active over 65, you’ll be fit in no time!
Staying Safe in Your Golden Years
While staying fit in retirement is key to your health, your safety is just as important. Before you even begin to try any exercises, check with your doctor first to make sure you can safely do the activity without risking injury. Once your doctor clears you, it may be best to purchase a new pair of quality shoes. Here’s how to find the best walking shoes for seniors that will support you and keep your balance.
Whether you’re out exercising or enjoying the relaxing days of retirement, a Mobile Guardian will keep you protected anywhere you are.