How to Stay Physically Active and Enjoy Life Post-Retirement

Ah, retirement. You’ve worked and saved your whole life to get here, and now, the moment has come.

For millions of Americans, finally reaching retirement means asking one big question: “What comes now?”

In a lot of ways, it may help to think of retirement not as the end of a chapter, but as the beginning of a whole new story! After all, retirement gives you the opportunity to:

  • reconnect with your friends and family
  • find new activities that will bring you joy
  • focus on your health and wellness

Americans aren’t slowing down once they’ve reached retirement! In fact, research shows that older adults today are “resoundingly active,” even when it comes to leisure activities.

Are you looking to stay active and make the most of your time post-retirement? Here are five healthy, fun hobbies worth trying out:

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a form of gentle exercise that emerged in China roughly 2000 years ago. This slow, thoughtful martial art has been called “meditation in motion,” and it’s a great fit for older adults looking for a simple yet impactful activity.

For one thing, Tai Chi is endlessly adaptable: you can practice it at any time of the day or night, indoors or out in a nature, within a group or on your own. Its movements can also be modified for people of all skill levels—even those with physical restrictions.

Tai Chi has also been proven to offer some other incredible health benefits. For regular practitioners, it has been shown to:

  • Mitigate arthritis symptoms
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve overall flexibility
  • Provide pain relief
  • Lower blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health

Yoga

Like tai chi, yoga is an impactful form of exercise that can be done anywhere, at any time. In addition to reducing stress levels and promoting feelings of calmness, yoga offers plenty of health benefits that might be particularly appealing to retirees.

For example, yoga has been shown to help improve flexibility and strengthen muscles and bones. It may even help reduce your risk for developing osteoporosis, a weakening of the bones that tends to affect people 50 or older, especially women.

Similarly, hypertension and cardiovascular disease are among the biggest health problems facing Americans over 50. Studies have revealed that yoga can lead to significant reductions in blood pressure and have a positive effect on your overall cardiovascular health.

So, whether you take a class or roll out your mat in front of a YouTube video, there are all sorts of reasons to say “yes” to yoga!

Hiking

When the sun is shining and the birds are chirping, what could be better than a walk through the woods—particularly if you’ve had to spend years cooped up behind a desk?!

Hiking is a great way for retirees to not only get in some beneficial exercise, but also explore the natural world. Getting out into nature can offer older adults a great chance to relax and unplug, and maybe even take up a new hobby, such as bird-watching or nature photography.

And walking is one of the very best things you can do for your overall health! In fact, research has shown that hiking offers many benefits to older adults, including:

Bottom line? Hiking could be a great first step to a healthier, more active lifestyle in retirement!

Biking

We don’t need to “spin” any facts here: Biking really is an amazingly healthy activity that can be perfect for people of all ages!

Whether retirees are eager to hit the trails on a mountain bike, or seek out company in an indoor spin class, the health benefits of biking know no bounds. For one thing, cycling is a lower-impact activity than running, meaning that older adults can work out with less of a risk of muscle damage, soreness, and inflammation.

Even better, cycling has been shown to help with weight loss, improve circulation and cardiovascular health, and even help reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Fishing

You don’t need an “I’d Rather Be Fishing” bumper sticker to appreciate this American pastime—and all of the ways that it may, as HuffPost puts it, “make you a better person.”

Taking up fishing as a hobby has been shown to offer all sorts of benefits. For example, fishing almost always means heading outside—which often means soaking up the sun and getting vitamin D, a vital nutrient for the health of our skeletal, immune, and nervous systems.

Fishing has also been shown to offer relaxation and stress relief benefits, similar to meditation. And if you happen to dine on your fresh catch, rather than throw it back? Well then you’re in for one nutritious meal! Broadly speaking, seafood is rich in protein and omega 3 fatty acids, which have been shown to improve your overall health and reduce your risk for developing certain diseases.

So, whether it be yoga, biking or fishing, one thing that is for sure? It pays to stay active, get outdoors, and enjoy the retirement life.

Now, the Enrollment Specialists would love to hear from you! How do you plan to stay active and enjoy your time in retirement? What health or wellness goals have you set for yourself? Be sure to let us know over on Facebook!

And remember, after retirement, it’s important to reassess your health and life insurance portfolio to make sure that you have a plan that features optimal coverage at the lowest possible cost. That’s where the Enrollment Specialists can help!

Led by our owner and principal consultant Matt Peebles, the Enrollment Specialists would be happy to get to know you, so we can help you design the best insurance policy possible for your unique needs. Drop us a line today to get the conversation started for free!

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