Retirement is a big change for most people. It often comes with a combination of excitement, insecurity, and sometimes health issues. In fact, one in four retirees believes that life in retirement is worse than it was before they retired, according to a national poll. Furthermore, a 2012 study published in the Journal of Social Science Medicine indicates that retirees may be at higher risk for heart disease than people who continue to work after reaching retirement age. Sometimes anxiety and depression can be problems too.
Staying active in retirement can help people cope with the changes in routine that can lead to some of these negative feelings. Here are a few suggestions about how to stay healthy in your retirement years.
- Exercise – Schedule a walk, bike ride, yoga class, or another physical activity you enjoy. The National Institute on Aging says that research shows exercise can improve your physical strength and fitness level which can allow you to keep up with the everyday activities you want to do.
- Sleep – Get enough sleep every night. According to the National Institute on Aging, older adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
- Stay social – Make plans with old friends and find new friends who share an interest in activities you enjoy. The AARP Foundation notes that retirees are more likely to fall into social isolation, so it’s important to make staying in touch with people you enjoy a priority.
- Learn – Learning a new skill or practicing memory exercises is a great way to spend your time in retirement. It will reduce boredom and help maintain your memory.
Retirement can be exciting and fulfilling when you approach it with the right attitude. At AssuredPartners NL, we want to help you every step of the way. If you have any questions about any of our health insurance products, give one of our agents a call at 888-702-0901. We can review the policies you have to make sure they are meeting your needs.