Simple ways to stay active in retirement

May 14, 2020

Wondering what to do in retirement? Let’s get Physical. Perhaps Olivia Newton-John said it best in her 1981 hit, but it’s never too late to become more active. Far beyond physical activities for elderly people, there’s no denying the health benefits of exercise and movement for people of all ages. In fact, staying active can:

  • Lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
  • Condition your balance and maintain strength so you can prevent injuries and stay independent.
  • Naturally improve your mood.
  • Get the blood flowing and help you feel better about yourself.
  • Improve your ability to think, learn, and make decisions

Before you start…

If you have a health problem like heart disease, diabetes, or obesity, please talk to your doctor about the types and amounts of physical activity that are right for you.

Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activities:

  • If you weren’t physically active before, start slowly. Even five minutes of physical activity has health benefits. You can build up to more over time.
  • Choose aerobic activities – activities that make your heart beat faster – like walking fast, dancing, swimming, or raking leaves.
  • Tell your doctor if you have shortness of breath, chest pain, or unplanned weight loss.

Incorporate muscle-strengthening activities 2 days a week:

  • Try using exercise bands or lifting hand weights. You can also use bottles of water or cans of food as weights.
  • Breathe out as you lift the weight, and breathe in as you lower it. Don’t hold your breath – holding your breath can cause unsafe changes in your blood pressure.

Try balance activities:

  • Practice standing on one foot (hold onto a chair if you need to at first).
  • Stand up from a sitting position.
  • Learn tai chi, a mind-body exercise that improves balance.

At Tulich, we believe staying active is a key factor in our maintaining our overall wellbeing – mind, body and spirit.

Each of our retirement communities has a range of organised physical activities to benefit your health while being a great excuse to catch up with fellow residents! Please enquire at each of our properties to see what’s on offer.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors, please consult your own legal, financial or health advisors before making any decisions.

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