If you just retired or have been retired for a few years already, this is the time in your life to do the things you’ve always wanted to do, such as travel the world, write the next great American novel, or spend more time with loving family and friends. One of the things you should keep up with during these years is your physical activity, and it doesn’t have to be a chore! The following is a list of ways to stay active and healthy as a senior:
- Join the YMCA.
There are a number of community programs geared towards seniors, but one of the biggest organizations out there is the YMCA. You can go to your local association for a walk around their track, a relaxing swim, or participate in one of their workout classes. Afterward, you can relax and socialize with other seniors over a cup of coffee. The YMCA is a great place to get active and to make or maintain friendships.
- Spend more time outdoors.
It’s easier than you think to spend all of your time indoors, especially if many of the activities you enjoy do not require you to leave your home. One way you can get out of this unhealthy routine is to make a point of walking places to do your errands (if you are able), such as the library, grocery store, or bank. Another way is to pick up a new hobby, such as gardening. All of that vitamin D you soak up from spending time in the sun will improve your physical and mental health.
- Start the day with a plan and goals you want to achieve.
It can be easy to fall into the rut of waking up and sitting on your couch or in your favorite chair and watch TV. Before you know it, the entire day is gone and you haven’t accomplished anything! Starting the day with a list of things you want to get done and keeping that list with you at all times to remind yourself of your goals as you go about your day.
Volunteering at a local homeless shelter, library, or school is a great way to stay active and to meet people. It will keep you out of the house and out and about doing things. On the plus side, you will have a feeling that you really did something for your community. We spend so much time in our lives in a career, not realizing how it defines us and our value. Once that is over, volunteering will remind you how valuable you still are.
- Take active vacations.
If you are an active senior who wants to travel and see the world, choose destinations that require a little more walking or biking. This will keep you active even when it doesn’t feel like exercise. You will be having fun and seeing the world while maintaining your physical activity.
Staying active as a senior will give you more time to spend with your friends and loved ones. It will also allow you to connect with other active seniors and pursue the activities you love. Do you have ideas for other activities that will allow seniors to stay active in their golden years?