Safeguarding your Health After Retirement

Just because you’ve retired, it doesn’t mean that you have to slow down your pace of life – and a recent study undertaken by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has revealed that you shouldn’t, especially if you want to remain fit and healthy. The study further mentioned that older adults who remained in the workforce enjoyed better levels of health than those who didn’t, especially if the work they’re doing is physically demanding as well. 

While it may not always be possible to secure employment after retirement age, there are other steps you can take that will help keep you mentally and physically fit and healthy for as long as possible. 

  1. Get that Blood Pumping

Regardless of whether you choose to take to the tennis court, tackle a hiking trail or even play with your grandchildren at the park, you’ll be doing your body good. Engaging in physical activity helps keep promote good bone health, while also improving your balance and physical strength. You’ll also be at lower risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol-related issues. Overall, a stronger body means that you’ll be at less risk of falling, which is one of the leading causes injuries in older adults. 

  1. Exercise Body and Mind Simultaneously

Other studies have noted that physical exercise goes a long way in helping to prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s, while other research has confirmed that physical exercise helps boost the immune system. Even engaging in slower-paced activities such as gardening and taking a gentle stroll around the block will be beneficial to your body and mind. Combining physical and mental activities will also improve muscle memory, cognitive acuity and balance. 

  1. Let your Creativity Loose

If you’re not able to secure employment after retiring, you can still keep your brain in shape by engaging in freeform and creative activities such as painting, quilting or any other craft you may enjoy. One study confirmed that older adults who engage in creative hobbies at least a few times a week were at far less risk of developing mental health conditions than those who didn’t. 

  1. Renew your Sense of Purpose

Do you enjoy caring for animals at your local rescue center, or preparing meals for those who are unable to cook for themselves? If so, keeping busy with activities like these could add years to your life – along with feeling a renewed sense of purpose in knowing that you’re doing something good for someone else. Studies have confirmed that older adults who mentored children experienced improved levels of mental and physical health, along with feelings of satisfaction.

Keeping busy both physically and mentally will be the best way to safeguard your health during your golden years – along with consuming a balanced diet. Scheduling regular health and wellness checkups and following your doctor’s advice in this regard will also go a long way in helping to detect any conditions that may arise as early as possible, which vastly improves your chances of recovery substantially as well.