Keeping active daily and learning new things can make for a stimulating retirement with little boredom. If you didn’t lead an active life, now is a great time to start since nothing is in the way to hold you back.
Hanging out with other seniors that are active will help you stay active, too. You may not keep at it unless you are motivated, and having friends join you in an activity helps you keep doing it. If you are starting a new activity, have a spouse or buddy join with you.
Doing aerobic exercise increases your endurance which increases your heart rate and breathing capacity. Some examples are:
- brisk walking
Strength exercise, which includes lifting free weights, increases muscle mass and strength. You can also accomplish this by using resistance bands. It is also good for maintaining your bone density which prevents any falls from doing a lot of damage. The weights don’t need to be too heavy to do the job, and you can fit in short series of repetitions throughout the day.
You really want to work on keeping your muscles working well. This will help you stay functional in all areas of your life. Plus you will be less likely to suffer a serious break if you fall. It will be easier to carry in your groceries and even lift up your new grandchild.
Stretching exercises keep you flexible. Yoga is a great exercise for seniors because it is low impact and the stretching is slow and gentle. There are also at home stretching workouts using a ballet barre. And doing balance exercises with it will increase your balance and help prevent falls. Being limber will help keep you active around the house which can make living on your own safer. If you don’t have a bar to hold onto you could use a stable chair, table edge or countertop.
As a senior, you have more time to spend on hobbies and other activities.
If a certain hobby has interested you throughout the years, during retirement you can take classes to immerse yourself and get to the next level or skill. You can even travel to distant cities to take courses for more intensive training, if you feel inclined to do so.
You can learn a skill you didn’t have had time for in the past. If learning the piano was always out of reach, it is something you can learn now and in less than a year you can play your favorite music easily.
Giving yourself challenges is important to keep you looking forward. Keeping active mentally and physically helps you maintain your memory and your muscle mass while doing the things you love. There really is nothing you can’t do if you put your mind to it. Make your retirement a time to bloom.