You have arrived! After decades of planning and saving, you have made it to retirement! Now your only goal is to enjoy every second. What better way to ensure that you can achieve everything you want to than by keeping yourself healthy and fit? Unlike everything else in life, there is no age limit on fitness. Most of the time, the only limitation is your desire.
Here are five secrets to keep you healthy and fit as you enter this new stage of life:
1. Find a Fitness Expert That Will Come to You
While fitness has no age limit, your body may have some physical limitations. Luckily, you can hire experts in aged care physiotherapy, fitness and well-being who will come to you! There are also plenty of personal trainers who perform house calls for individuals who either do not want to join gyms or who have fitness equipment in their homes. These experts are paid to keep you on track and motivated.
2. Create a Fitness Community
Is there a sport you have always wanted to try? Now is the time! Retirement communities offer plenty of options to meet like-minded senior citizens, such as sports clubs and fitness classes. Gyms open to the general public offer low impact aerobic exercises classes for seniors too. If you love the outdoors, golf and gardening are two great forms of exercise that should not be overlooked. If you are unsure what to pursue, look online for useful resources regarding healthy activities and wellness tips for senior citizens.
Whatever the activity, the goal is to create a community of friends who will motivate you to keep coming back.
3. Don’t Forget About Food Intake
You may find that your retirement offers you more free time to meet up with friends. More often than not, people get together over a meal. Without even realizing it, your social calendar could contribute to weight gain.
To combat unnecessary weight, partner with your spouse of a friend to help keep you accountable for what you eat. If that feels uncomfortable, create a food journal. Recording everything you eat will not only make you more conscious of what you are putting into your body, but it will also help you identify any challenging times of the day.
4. Start with Small Wins
If you have not exercised in months, don’t plan to begin exercise for an hour every single day suddenly. If eating healthy foods has been a struggle, don’t empty the cupboards and start a juice fast. Give yourself room to ease into this new phase of life and these new habits. Start with small changes—30 minutes of gentle exercise every other day, or one “healthy” meal per day. Your small wins will encourage you to take more significant steps.
5. Make Sure You Sleep
Experts caution that insufficient sleep can undermine all of your health and fitness efforts. A short-term lack of sleep can keep you from your daily exercise routine or put you in a bad mood. In the long term, insufficient rest can put you at greater risk for obesity, high blood pressure, heart issues and can even cause more wrinkles!
Retirement can be the best time of your life. You can maximize your enjoyment of your golden years by being healthy and fit. You can hire fitness experts or find a community of like-minded peers that will motivate you to keep on track with exercise and food choices. Crucially, you can start with small, reasonable goals, the most important of which should be a decent amount of sleep.
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