How To Stay Healthy In Retirement?

January 19, 2021

Finding new targets
When you retire, you don’t just leave a job. You’re entering a new phase of your life. You’ll be happier and healthier if you do something that you find meaningful. Volunteer at a hospital or library. Join a program at your chapel. Tutor kids who need help at school. Take care of animals at a shelter. Help assemble gift boxes for soldiers overseas. It will help you physically and mentally in the long run.

The right environment
Where you live can help you build good health. If you want clean air, you have a variety of options such as Melbourne, Florida, Elmira, New York, Pueblo, Colorado, and Salinas, California. You can get outdoors in the mountains of Boulder, Colorado, the shores of Portland, Maine, or the sunshine of Tucson, Arizona. For top-notch medical care, living near Cleveland, Boston, Baltimore, Houston, New York City, or Rochester, Minnesota is also a great option.

A man’s (or woman’s) best friend.
Dogs give you unconditional love and more. Spending just 15 minutes with Fido can lower your blood pressure, heart rate and stress levels. Over time, a faithful companion can help lower your cholesterol, fight depression, and keep you active. Having a cat can also help lower your blood pressure and stress levels.

A balanced diet of protein, fat and carbohydrates is more important than ever.
Healthy Food.
As you age, you’re more likely to experience nutrition-related problems, such as weight loss or deficiencies in certain vitamins. Therefore, it is more important than ever to eat a balanced diet of protein, fat and carbohydrates. Cut down on packaged foods, as they contain a lot of salt, which can raise your blood pressure. A good alternative is to eat like people in Greece and its region do: lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and olive oil.

Get out of my house!
An active lifestyle can help you be happier, live longer, and reduce your chances of some diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Play cards with friends. Travel with an older adults group. Reconnect with friends from high school or college. If you have a hobby – like reading, knitting or gardening – join a club that focuses on it.

Focus on your health
Regular medical checkups are a must. Your doctor can help protect you against a heart attack or stroke by keeping an eye on your blood pressure and cholesterol. Getting timely shots can help protect you from the flu and other illnesses. If you are a woman, you need to be screened for breast and cervical cancer; if you are a man, your doctor can help you decide if you should be screened for prostate cancer.

Fun sports and fitness
Being active will not only promote your health, but it will also help you maintain your independence as you age. Choose some exercise that you enjoy so you’ll keep doing it. Aerobic exercise, such as walking, swimming or dancing, can give you more energy and help you stay sharp. Exercises that use weights or bands can increase your strength. Yoga can help you stay flexible. If exercise is new to you, take it slow and consult with your doctor first.

Behind the Wheel
Over time, changes in your vision, physical abilities and reflexes can affect your ability to drive. Your safety depends on keeping track. Can you see road signs clearly? Do you have enough flexibility to turn around and check traffic behind your car? Does the traffic confuse you? Your doctor may be able to help you with these issues. And groups like AARP and AAA offer classes to help you measure and strengthen your skills.

Bone Health
If you’re a woman, your bones need a boost. The changes in your hormones after menopause can make them more brittle, a condition known as osteoporosis. To combat it, make sure your diet is giving you plenty of calcium, a key building block of bones. Good sources include broccoli, spinach, low-fat or skim milk, and yogurt. When you reach age 65, have your doctor check your bones with a DEXA test – a low-dose x-ray.

Stimulate your mind.
Your brain needs exercise, just like your body does. Read a book, do a puzzle, play an instrument, or pick up an old hobby. Take a class in something you’re curious about, like cooking or computers. Using your creativity by drawing and gardening, for example, can also help your brain stay healthy. For example, acting classes can improve your memory and problem-solving skills.

Get your 40 winks.
As you get older, you may have more and more difficulty sleeping. You may need to urinate or shift in bed so that your joints stop hurting. But there are steps you can take to help. Stop drinking fluids 2 hours before bedtime. Don’t drink any caffeine for 8 hours before bedtime. Make your bedroom as dark as possible. During the day, limit your naps to 10 or 20 minutes. To help relieve pain, ask your doctor if you should take painkillers while you sleep.

Home security
As we age, home accidents become more dangerous. Purchase non-slip mats for your bathroom floors and tubs. Repair worn carpets or rugs. Make sure it’s well lit. Tighten loose electrical cords. If your home has stairs, add handrails on both sides and non-slip strips on the steps.

Physical changes can make sex disappear from your life. But you can regain the scorching sensation. First, each of you should talk about your feelings and concerns. Reassure your partner that you are still attracted to them. Hand-holding and massages are a great way to reconnect. If there are physical problems, such as erectile dysfunction, see a doctor.

Manage your time.
One of the main joys of retirement is having time to spare. You get to do what you want when you want to do it. Researchers have found that retirees are happiest when they plan how they will spend their time and make the most of it. If you manage it right, it can pay off, even if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands. And it can keep you from getting bored.

Is ‘work’ a 4 letter word?
Working in retirement keeps your memory and brain power, not to mention your wallet, intact. If you liked your old job, you can do a scaled-down version of it. It’s a career option that ranges from bookkeeping to home health care to home maintenance. Or this could be your chance to try out the job you’ve always wanted to know about. Second careers are sometimes the most rewarding.