How to Stay Fit Later in Life

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!


6 Benefits of Living or Retiring in a Private Golf Community

Gone are the days of a boring retirement when such a phrase was synonymous with an uneventful future. The quality of life beyond retirement has grown in leaps and bounds thanks to the flourishing of beautiful private retirement golf communities and the demands of planning an early retirement. The typical retiree isn’t typical – with more choosing private retirement communities with benefits beyond home ownership – communities have risen to the challenge and provide more than just a restful place to retire. Read more for the benefits of living or retiring in a private golf community.

  1. Socialization: Being surrounded by friends and engaging in fun social activities lowers the risk of dementia and strengthens the immune system. Living in a private or upscale golf retirement community comes with a built in network of people who all share space in the community. Enjoy a glass of wine with your friends and neighbors and become part of a community of peers to live stronger.
  2. Security: A solitary lifestyle doesn’t have to be fraught with dangers. Upscale golf or retirement communities are safe places to enjoy an evening stroll, sunset golf game, or stargazing. Realizing you forgot to lock the door is not quickly followed up by an anxiety attack. Enjoy the peace of life in a secured community.
  3. Fitness: Staying active could very well be the proverbial fountain of youth. Enjoy a daily round of golf, a neighborhood stroll, a match of tennis, yoga classes, take a swim in a state-of-the-art pool, or stick with your own routine at a community fitness center. Stay fit and stave off insomnia, prevent heart disease, and decrease cancer risks along with countless other physical and mental benefits. Maybe even enlist your friend and neighbor for accountability and companionship during your workouts.
  4. New Experiences: Ever wanted to try something new but felt uncomfortable going it alone? Enjoy new experiences with neighbors, peers and friends. Making new experiences group experiences is fun and exciting. Luxury private and golf communities cater to their residents with organized opportunities for get togethers, themed-parties, seasonal gatherings, games, book clubs, workshops, volunteering, and more.
  5. Low Maintenance: Being a part of a community simply makes life easier. Many upscale communities offer an array of services from meal planning and preparation, to landscaping, to chauffeured transportation. Living in a home outfitted with the latest technology and favorite amenities makes it that much more pleasurable to enjoy visits with the grandkids. Whatever your personal lifestyle craves, a luxury country club or retirement community has the options to suit your unique needs and characteristics.
  6. City Life Benefits: The quality and availability of healthcare in retirement tops the list of most mature adult’s major priorities. Living in a community that is in close proximity to, but not in the busy heart of, a city like Phoenix is perfect since you having access to major healthcare services and hospitals. You also have easy access to shopping, dining, cultural and other major events.

If you’re looking for a private golf and country club community or in the planning stages of retirement, living alongside your peers in a private community has a multitude of benefits. Please contact us to find the perfect place for your active lifestyle.