Retirement Guide: Live Well and Exercise!

Eating well and exercise is important for a fruitful retirement. In this retirement guide we will look into why older adults benefit greatly by staying physically active and what exercises suit a mixture of abilities.

What will exercise achieve in retirement?

  • Exercise improves your overall physical strength and fitness.
  • Helps to improve your ability to do the things you love – whether it’s spending time with family and friends or partaking in your favourite activities.
  • Helps to improve your balance, which is important as you get older.
  • Helps to manage your general health and prevent disease like diabetes.
  • Helps to improve your general well-being and outlook, as well as improve and maintain aspects of your cognitive function, like your ability to complete tasks quickly and plan for activities.

To achieve all the above and improve your lifestyle the key is to get yourself into an exercise routine and stick to it. The benefits you will gain from an exercise routine, depend on the amount you do and the effort you put into it. It’s important to stay consistent with your exercise routine, so finding the right one to suit your ability is essential. If you don’t currently exercise, it may be a good idea to start a smaller exercise plan and build up your routine gradually.

Exercise tips to stay healthy and keep fit as you get older

Mixing different types of exercise helps reduce monotony and improve your overall health so that you can enjoy life and do the things you love. The first step in your exercise plan is to find activities you enjoy. There are four different types of training you can do within your exercise plan that will benefit your lifestyle, these are as follows;

Cardio Exercise

Cardio exercise routines for older people will help lessen fatigue and shortness of breath. It will also help your endurance to do daily tasks such as walking and general house work. To achieve this exercise, it’s important to choose exercises that get your large muscle groups moving in rhythmic motions. Exercises include walking, swimming, cycling, stair climbing, dancing, rowing and tennis.

Strength and Power Training

Strength training helps build muscles with repetitive motion using weights and resistant machines. Building muscle helps build your strength and reaction times to improve your balance and prevent loss of bone mass. Power training can also improve your speed at doing things like walking across a road and walking across roads. This will help you stay independent and be able to do the daily tasks you have always done. Using resistant machines like rowing machines and small weights are the best way to increase your strength.

Increasing Flexibility

Flexibility in older life is important to keep your joints moving freely without pain, to help you move around and stay active. This can be done with both stationary stretches and stretches that involve movement to keep your muscles and joints supple. The best exercise for this is yoga as it increases your range of movements and helps your body stay agile. Yoga can be done at a range of levels, so if you have never done this style of exercise, don’t worry you can start as a beginner.

Increasing Balance

Balance is important to maintaining standing and stability for both stationary and moving around actions. Exercises like yoga and Tai Chi is great for improving your balance which will help with your posture and quality of life to stop the risk of falling or fear of falls that effect your everyday life.

With all this in mind, it’s time for you to start planning a routine and include all the exercises above. Not only will you feel better, you will also have a lot more energy, so go ahead – live well and exercise! 


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