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Riverside Retirement - How to Stay Active & Healthy

Dec 31, 2017 by Comfort Keepers of Riverside and Corona

Congratulations, you’re retired! Perhaps you have your whole retirement planned out, or maybe you have nothing planned whatsoever.

Either way, it’s important to have an active, involved retirement. These retirement tips will explain why:

Getting The Most Out of Retirement By Working

No, this does not mean to go crawling back to your old place of employment asking for your job back. Retirement is the time to do something that you’ve always wanted to do, but never had the opportunity to.

For example, if you’ve dabbled in writing short stories but have been wanting to write a novel, now’s your chance! Or, if you were a teacher and want to keep teaching, you can become a part-time substitute teacher or a tutor.

I’m sure you weren’t planning to hear “work” as a retirement tip, but research shows that those who live a more productive, meaningful retirement are actually healthier and tend to live longer!

Keeping Your Mind Sharp aka Never Stop Learning

Along with the above tip, take your retirement as a chance to be youthful and spontaneous again. Learn a new skill you never thought you’d give a second thought to, read those books you’ve been meaning to read, or even enroll in an interesting class at your local community college.

It’s never too late to learn a new skill or expand your knowledge library. This will also help keep your brain sharp in your older years, which can help ward off dementia.

Nourish Your Body

What we put into our bodies can really affect every part of our wellbeing – our appearance, our health, and our energy levels. Be sure you’re eating a balanced diet so that you’re living your healthiest, most energetic life.

Also, consider lowering your alcohol intake. While this habit tends to increase after retirement, it can quickly take a toll. Alcohol has a lot more calories than people realize, and can have a huge impact on your well-being. This is especially true if you’re taking any medications, so drink in moderation and make sure you talk to your doctor about your medications and drinking.

Don’t Skimp on the Doctor Appointments

If anything, you should be excited to go see the doctor. The better and more cooperative patient you are, the better the outcome of your visit will be. Visiting the doctor regularly to check in on things (yes, even if nothing is “wrong”) is actually part of a healthy lifestyle, and a very impactful part of senior health.

Attitude is Everything - Be Optimistic

Retirement is unfortunately not all sunshine and rainbows. You will come across challenges, some you may not be able to overcome completely. The important thing is to look at everything you are thankful for, and live up your retirement as much as you possibly can. In the end, a more positive outlook on things actually contributes to better mental and physical health.

Make these tips your mantra, and you’ll be living the best retirement!

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