As many working adults approach their retirement years, they imagine days and nights filled with all types of activities that will be as far removed as possible from what they once endured in their working lives.
But in reality, these daydreams are only going to be as successful as what you put into your exercise habits, stress-relief habits, and commitment to healthcare now.
Although any person at any age or fitness level can indeed begin an exercise routine, the fact remains that it’s far easier to have one in place as you glide into retirement than to have to work your way into one. Sure, you may no longer be able to keep pace in a robust spinning class or load as many weights on the machines as you can today, but by incorporating exercise now, you’ll be able to make the switch to less intensive workouts without having to readapt to cardiovascular conditioning or regaining basic muscle strength. By having these already taken care of, you’re far less likely to have to seek emergency care in Lumberton for torn muscles or questions about your heart health.
Some great exercise alternatives for older adults include swimming, yoga, tai chi, stretching, and just basic walking. A great benefit to retirement – in addition to no longer having to work – is that you can plan your exercise time around your schedule and not the schedule of your employer. That means having the opportunity to explore exercise classes that you hadn’t previously considered because they were only offered during the hours that you worked.
A few of the most popular choices that new retirees discover can be found by exploring the many online resources provided by Silver Sneakers — a national health and fitness program that’s designed specifically for adults. And because money conservation matters a lot more in retirement years than in your earning years, this option makes smart sense for your budget since Silver Sneakers is sometimes included in some Medicare plans.
It’s been scientifically proven that listening to music helps to relieve stress. The caveat here is the type of music. What you once listened to at work on headphones to stay motivated to push through your next meeting may not be so appropriate now that you don’t have those same outside stressors. Instead, take this free time to explore music that you either never had time to explore, or believed that you weren’t interested in the genre.
For example, many older adults who thought they could never – or should we say “would never” — appreciate country music are now finding that the slower licks of the guitar make it the perfect genre for relaxing at home. And think about it this way: there’s probably never been a need for anyone to seek emergency care in 77657 from listening to melodic tones and American-pride lyrics!
The takeaway here is to try something new since you now have the time to explore!
Many adults who’ve reached their retirement years without many health problems believe they will remain as lucky as they have been forever. But in truth, even if you continue the same healthy diet, exercise routine, and stress relief practices that you always had, there are some health conditions that you may not have planned for. These can include arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis in both women and men, and an increased risk of falling – all of which are more common in aging adults than in younger populations.
So, what’s the best plan going forward? Regardless of your age, if it’s been more than a year since you’ve had a physical that included complete blood work and a chemistry profile, it’s highly recommended that you schedule one today. You should also get caught up on any age-related medical testing that you may have missed such as bone density tests. This way, you will have a benchmark on your health.
Fortunately, some health risks associated with aging will come with a forewarning, such as heart palpitations or a sudden shortness of breath. But others, like a slip and fall from weakening bones, will not. Either way, having this information now, rather than later, can prevent you from having to search for an ER near you when your body starts sending signals for attention that you’ve never heard before.