As we age, life takes some adjustment and requires thoughtful self-care. Keeping or building a social network can help promote consistency and fun when exercising. Though staying healthy should be a high priority for everyone, it is important to consider the health benefits of staying active later in life and into early retirement.
Physical activity promotes flexibility, pain management, and heart health, but fitness is crucial for mental and emotional health as well, as exercise aids mood stability and can even improve memory. To stay healthy later in life, consider these fitness and health tips:
Swimming – Swimming is a great low-impact exercise that can be done year-round and is great for the entire body. Swimming has many benefits including, heart health, easy on joints and bones, and great for circulation and lowering blood pressure. By joining a neighborhood gym, or taking advantage of amenities offered at an active adult community you can socialize and take care of your health all at the same time.
Golf – Staying healthy can be as easy as a day on the links: golf is a perfect recipe for health and wellness. Social interaction with golf buddies, vitamin D from the sun, and moderate physical activity are all benefits of playing golf. Golfing with friends at an active community like Terravita Golf & Country Club is a great way to be a part of the community, and to keep your health top of mind.
Yoga – Yoga is a wonderful promoter of healthy aging. It is great for reducing stress and blood pressure, improving flexibility and breathing problems, and for general mindfulness and spiritual health. Start slowly and with regular practice you will begin to see positive changes in your health. Many family and active retirement communities offer a fitness center equipped with group classes such as yoga. Joining group exercise classes not only gives motivation for a healthy lifestyle but encourages a social life away from the office or later in life, post-retirement.
At-Home Fitness Routine – Try some simple exercises that don’t require any equipment and don’t take up a lot of time. Healthy aging can be fostered with just a few daily staples like marching in place and heel raises. These simple exercises can strengthen muscles, improve balance and flexibility, and help reduce pain, cramping, and stiffness.
Many baby boomers and early retirees are concerned about how to stay healthy. By adding new and easy fitness routines, you can encourage healthy aging and enjoy your new hobbies with a community of friends. For more information on Terravita Golf & Country Club and how active communities encourage healthy living, contact us today!