• How to maintain a healthy lifestyle during retirement

    Posted on September 2, 2013 by in Featured

    Editors Note: This week, we will be featuring a guest writer, Louis Mack.  Louis is a freelance writer, and independent contractor for NewRetirement

    While there’s no such thing as the Fountain of Youth, there are many factors that go into maintaining a healthy lifestyle in order to promote longevity during retirement. Let’s face it, we’re all aware of the basic dos & don’ts when it comes to taking care of ourselves but as we age it’s important to adapt our diet, nutrition and exercise regime in order to stay healthy and active.

    Why?

    While many consider retirement as a time to slow down and relax by stepping away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, its actually the time you’ve earned to explore new adventures and spend time doing things that you love. In order to do this, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is vital as age affects our bones and muscles. Below are some recommendations on what you can do in order to reduce stress, and prevent disease while staying active.

    Diet

    Along with maintaining healthy stress levels, a healthy diet is an essential element to maintaining a youthful lifestyle. The value of food has long been associated with preventative medicine. By making a few adjustments to your basic diet, you can improve the chances of living a longer/healthier life.

    • Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day. Drinking water helps maintain a healthy balance of body fluids. Drinking a full glass of water before or during everyday meals also helps your body prevent excessive calorie intake while energizing your muscles and improving the texture and appearance of your skin. Water also boosts your kidneys ability to cleanse and rid your body of toxins while promoting healthy bowel movements.
    • Eat brightly colored fruits and vegetables.  By eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, you boost your body’s ability to ward off heart disease and stroke while controlling blood pressure and preventing various types of cancer.
    • Make sure you get plenty of calcium. Eating the recommended daily allowance of milk, yogurt, and cheese are a good way of absorbing the calcium your body needs in order to prevent bone loss and osteoporosis.
    • Whole grains rich in fiber are a great (and tastier) option vs. refined and processed (bad) carbohydrates because of their ability to lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other health problems along with various types of cancer.
    • Enjoy good fats such as olive oil, avocados, and salmon partnered with lean proteins (beans, nuts, and various other fish).
    • Avoid hidden sugars.
    • Consult your dietician/physician about supplementing your diet with vitamins B & D.

    Mind

    Keeping you mind active and engaged is the key element to maintaining good mental health during retirement.

    • Take up a new hobby.
    • Enroll in a short course & learn something new.
    • Seize the time to read a good book/newspaper/magazine, etc.
    • Do a crossword puzzle or utilize various other mind teasers.
    • Practice yoga/meditation.

    Skin Care

    As soon as we reach adulthood, our skin starts to show signs of aging. As we reach retirement, certain skin care products and regimes are much more important than when we were younger.

    • Cleanse frequently.
    • Moisturize more often and make use of retinol (vitamin A) & copper peptide products that encourage collagen production and help improve the appearance of wrinkles.
    • Use a humidifier to battle chronic dry skin.
    • Exfoliate with an alpha hydroxyl acid (glycolic/salicylic) to help slough off dead skin cells and apply sunscreen daily.

    Sex/Love

    Last but not least. Older individuals over the age of 65 who engage in a healthy sexual lifestyle during retirement are 50% more likely to feel happier and content with life rather than those that remain celibate. A healthy libido is closely related to a perceived quality of life while maintaining a higher level of physical, emotional, and mental health as we grow older.

    While retirement can have a sudden and stressful impact on marriage, it’s important to combat this by creating a lifestyle that takes each other’s feelings into account while planning out a retirement strategy. With a little hard work and patience, couples who spend a lot of time together during retirement can enjoy their time together by create a mutually enjoyable environment.

    Author Bio – Louis Mack is a freelance writer, and independent contractor for NewRetirement. As an avid family man with a passion for life, he enjoys fishing with his son while exploring the great outdoors and reading in his spare time.

     

     

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