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The Best Ways to Stay Healthy During Retirement

April 26, 2021

Keen to discover the best ways to stay healthy during retirement?

Looking after your physical and mental health is important as you get older to help you stay happy, healthy, and independent. 

Here, we look at some of the best ways you can live a healthier lifestyle:

Eat a Well-Balanced Diet

Nutritious food is an important part of our health. A healthy, balanced diet can improve our bone strength, heart health, help us maintain a healthy weight, and reduce the risk of diabetes and other serious illnesses. Nourishing our bodies also helps to improve cognitive function and boosts our motivation levels.

It’s important to eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to get the full benefits of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.

Foods such as dark, leafy greens, grapefruits, chickpeas, and bell peppers are all excellent sources of calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C and fibre.

Best ways to stay healthy - array of fruits and vegetables

Best Ways to Stay Healthy During Retirement: Increase Your Daily Activity Levels

Exercise is important for your physical health. It’s good practice to take every opportunity you can to get your body moving; whether that’s a short post-lunch walk or taking some time to potter around in your garden. 

Doing household chores, too, or helping out a neighbour can subconsciously help to improve your activity levels. You don’t have to expend large amounts of energy at one time; little and often can also help to build your strength and help you stay physically healthy. 

Best ways to stay healthy during retirement - two ladies walking and carrying yoga mats

Don’t Forget About Moderate-High Intensity Exercise

Whilst little and often is good, it’s also beneficial to do more strenuous exercise that will get your heart pumping faster, such as a power walk or dance class (if advisable by your GP).

Getting your heart rate up transports oxygen and blood to your muscles more efficiently. It strengthens your heart and reduces the risk of serious heart conditions, as well as burning calories and helping you stay in better physical shape.

Reduce Your Alcohol/Caffeine Intake

Alcohol and caffeine, when enjoyed regularly, can affect your mental and physical health by causing dehydration, reducing your chance of a restful night’s sleep, and reducing your inhibitions. 

Drinking alcohol can negatively affect your heart, liver, and other internal organs in the long term, as well as temporarily increasing your risk of accidental falls or injury.

Try to cut back on alcohol and caffeine and increase your water intake for optimal health benefits.

Best ways to stay healthy during retirement: Lady preparing a honey, ginger and lemon herbal tea in a kitchen
Woman making hot tea with honey

Increase Your Safety Measures Around the House

As you get older, you’re likely to be more prone to physical injuries. It’s important to reduce your risk of accidents around the home by installing safety measures such as handrails and stairlifts. 

These can help you move around your home much more safely, reducing the risk of falls and, in turn, allowing you to live more independently. 
If this is unavailable to you, you may decide that downsizing and moving to a readily equipped retirement property, where you have a community of support around you, maybe more suited to your needs.

Retirement living - Extra Care Living properties at Friary Meadow Retirement Village

Best Ways to Stay Healthy During Retirement: Find a Hobby or Part-Time Work

Have you discovered your favourite pastime yet?

Having a hobby or part-time job can provide you with welcome opportunities to discover a new passion or make new friends. It’s a great way to boost your confidence and self-esteem, whilst giving you something positive to focus on.

If you’d like some inspiration, why not take a look at our previous blog?

For more information about our retirement properties, please get in touch with a member of our team.