Enjoying an Energetic and Healthy Retirement
With life expectancy trending upward, preparing for a long and healthy retirement should be a top priority. Being the healthiest version of yourself will allow you to save money, help you enjoy your free time, and make those golden years truly sparkle.
There are a lot of factors that come into play with retirement and health. If you’ve never taken your eating or exercising habits seriously, retirement could cause your health to decline rapidly due to a decrease in activity and an abundance of free time. On the other hand, recognizing that you now have a large stressor out of your life, working toward a healthy lifestyle will provide you with a multitude of benefits throughout your retirement.
More Money for Retirement
A recent study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the healthiest people retired with three times more assets than the least healthy people. Healthy retirees often save tremendous amounts of money on health care, because they’re not paying for the common costs typically associated with the ailments of the elderly, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis to name a few. Not only does being healthy reduce retirement stress, it fattens up the nest egg pretty nicely, as well.
A Longer Life Expectancy
Aside from the money saved on health care, retirees who are healthy also live better, longer lives. Taking care of your health isn’t something we always think about, but it does have a direct impact on your life expectancy, as well as your quality of life.
Better Quality of Life
If you’re healthy throughout your retirement, you’ll be more energized and able to live your best life. When your body is in optimal condition, you’re able to travel more, walk more, and participate in activities with your children and grandchildren. If you haven’t taken care of yourself, chances are you’ll feel sluggish and in pain. Family activities may result in injury or exhaustion.
But what if you’ve never paid much attention to your health? Is it too late?
Start Before You Retire
Retiring and immediately beginning to work on your health can be a little overwhelming. If you know you want to spend your retirement the best and healthiest way possible, start trying to eat healthier and lightly exercising as you transition into retirement. You could start with just taking small walks around your neighborhood, gardening, or yoga. Taking these small steps will help you get into a routine, and you’ll begin to educate yourself on different ways to stay active and healthy.
Hire a Trainer
If you have no idea where to start or you’re worried about certain restrictions or conditions you may have, try hiring a trainer. At Cause and Effects Fitness, we take the time to get to know you and learn about your specific needs, wants, and limitations. We work with a number of retirees and would love to talk with you about how we can improve your wellbeing so you can enjoy a long, happy, and healthy retirement.