Tips for staying healthy and happy in retirement
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – When you retire, you don’t just quit a job – you begin a whole new stage in your life.
There are some things that need special attention to stay healthy in this new phase, and our health expert, Karen Owoc, is here with ways to live a long and happy life in retirement.
Find a new purpose
• Research has shown that having a goal can help you live longer, and other studies have shown that older people who participate in activities they deem meaningful often report feeling happier and happier. better health.
• For example, assembling gift packages for soldiers overseas, caring for animals at a local shelter, preparing meals for cancer patients, volunteering at the local hospital or library.
• One study found that adults caring for schoolchildren reported feelings of personal satisfaction, and researchers noticed signs of improved mental and physical health.
• Consider returning to work, but in a smaller version of what you have been doing (eg, bookkeeping, home repairs, etc.).
Stimulate your muscles and your mind
• Combine physical and mental exercise. Your brain needs “exercise” as much as your muscles.
• Studies have shown that physical exercise helps prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and may also improve immunity.
• Dance lessons are a great exercise that combines exercises for the brain and the body. Learning the choreography stimulates the brain and is excellent physical exercise that improves balance, muscle strength and endurance, as well as cardiovascular fitness.
• Slower activities (eg, gardening, home repairs, painting) appeal to your creative side and are also important for improving muscle-brain health.
• Take a class that interests you (eg, cooking or computers), pick up an old hobby or start a new one, do puzzles. Drama lessons improve memory and problem-solving skills.
• Play a musical instrument (eg guitar, piano).
Adopt good posture
• Reduce your risk of falling.
• Reduce your risk of muscle and skeletal injuries.
Get out of the house
• After retirement, you naturally lose some of the social network you had at work, so it is important to devote more time to personal relationships at this stage in life.
• Social connections lower your risk of dementia, severe cognitive decline, and even physical disability. An active social life can help you be happier and live longer.
• Play cards with friends. Attend sporting events. Travel with a group of seniors. Reconnect with friends from high school or college.
• If you have a hobby (eg, reading, knitting or gardening), join a club.
• Better yet, combine social connections with physical exercise, for example, doubles tennis, golf, cycling or walking.
Watch (better) television
• Watching TV can actually create new neural connections if you have to put a great deal of mental effort into understanding what you are watching (for example, an educational science show).
Stay on top of your health
• Retirement does not mean stepping back from a busy, healthy and active life.
• Regular medical examinations are essential as well as your own self-monitoring (eg, blood pressure, heart rate and number of steps per day).
• Schedule doctor’s appointments, vaccinations, recommended screenings, and take prescribed medications. Make your health a priority.
Nourish your body well
• You cannot exercise your body and brain without nourishing them well.
• Focus on foods from nature, not those processed into packaged foods.
• Include protein with every meal to prevent age-related muscle loss (sarcopenia). The bottom line is… if your muscles are exhausting, you won’t be able to stay active, and staying active is key to staying healthy and happy in retirement.