The baby boomer generation continues to head towards retirement. But is the grass greener on the other side? It can be with these post-retirement tips for staying healthy.
No more work assignments, meetings, bosses, or co-worker disputes. Retirement allows your to leave a lot of things behind. The idea conjures visions of porch hammocks, naps and few obligations. However, one obligation you should take care of is a promise to yourself and your family to lead a healthy post-retirement life.
September is Healthy Aging Month, which is a perfect time to review some tips on how to remain healthy post-retirement.
1. Stay active
Just because your retired, it doesn't mean you can't work. Consider getting a part-time job or volunteering as means of staying active. You could also join a group like a walking club or bocce team.
2. Keep moving
Exercise is a cornerstone of good health. In addition to keeping your body fit, exercise is good for your mental health. However, as you age, you might find some physical activity difficult. Adjust your exercise routine to accommodate the changes. Ask your doctor for recommended physical activities.
3. Stay stress-free
Stress has negative impacts on your health from ranging from increase blood pressure to lower immunity. Reduce stress by practicing relaxation techniques like meditation and deep breathing.
4. Use your brain
Exercising your brain is as important as exercising the rest of your body. Stay mentally sharp by participating in games, doing crossword puzzles and reading books.
5. Keep your appointments
Many ailments and diseases strike later in life. For this reason, it is important to stay on top of your routine check-ups and screenings. Ask your doctor which health screenings your should seek and when.
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