Finding the Magic in Retirement
Make an Exercise Routine and Follow itHowever, most new-age retirees are not happy just sitting at home, doing nothing. They like to go about doing things, form a routine and follow it. There are many ways of doing so, but, before we get to how you can live an active lifestyle, here are some reasons why at least 30 minutes of physical activity is beneficial for you:
- Helps you stay fit
- Keeps you socially connected with people you meet
- Allows you to say independent
- Improves your balance and prevents falls
- Helps keep lifestyle diseases like diabetes, heart attacks, hypertension, and other such conditions at bay.
- Getting your daily dose of exercise helps release endorphins or happy hormones that help you relax and keep you happier
- Even 30 minutes of daily physical activity helps strengthen your bones and muscles
- Keeps your brain active and boosts your memory
Remember your Mental WellbeingStaying active and healthy does not always mean physical health. Retiring from work can affect you mentally and taking care of your mental health is equally important in this new phase of life. Just like you include a 30-minute workout every day, it is a good idea to include a 30-minute session every day to solve puzzles, crosswords, learn a new skill or language. If you need to evaluate how you’ve been doing staying active and healthy, here’s a quick checklist to look at each week:
- Are you happy and staying positive?
- Are you able to manage your health condition successfully and maintain your parameters within normal limits?
- Do you enjoy the support you get from your social circle, family and friends?
- Do you still feel excited and enthusiastic about pursuing your hobbies, passion and interests?
- Are you making healthy eating choices?
Find your Tribe
We’ve heard this a zillion times all our lives – we are social creatures. At different stages of life, you have your own tribe and friends in whom you find support, comfort and your cheerleading squad. While they played an important role in your childhood, growing up, getting jobs and having your own families can change the dynamics within the tribe. However, as you grow older and reach the post-retirement stage, everyone is back to square one – looking out for a tribe that they can hold on to and depend upon. It does not matter if you are unmarried, have kids or do not, most new-age retirees today have a blast with their tribe!
Social connections that you make enable you to take a break from your routine life, have a hearty laugh, share your feelings and thoughts – all of which have mental therapeutic effects. It is extremely important for retirees to find their community or tribe for this magic part of their lives.
Australian Over 50s Living & Lifestyle Guide