Retirement can look drastically different for many people. You might use this time to travel, spend time with your family, learn a new hobby or just relax. One thing we all know is that retirement doesn’t mean you have to slow down – or that you should! You’ve made it to the Good Life, so here’s how to stay healthy and get the most out of retirement.
Staying active is important, even through retirement. An active lifestyle can help you live longer and happier. Physical activity can improve your mood, sleep and anxiety as well as reduce your risk of serious illnesses. Finding a few different activities that you enjoy will help ensure you stick with them longer. According to the CDC, you should try to get 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. That’s only 30 minutes each day, for five days!
Feed your mind
Just like your body, your brain also needs to stay active. Put together a puzzle, learn a new language, take a cooking class, or even learn how to play chess. There are so many activities to stimulate your brain, boost your memory and learn new problem-solving skills.
Keep up with friends and family
Retirement can get lonely. Make sure you are staying socially active by keeping up with your friends and family. With your new free time, you could even look into joining a book club or volunteer organization.
Get your creative juices flowing
Now that you have more time on your hands, use it to tap into your creative side. Learn a new skill, like sewing or cooking, check out a local arts class, or renew your love for an old hobby. Using your creative side has been shown to decrease depression and isolation, which are both important to curb during retirement.
Get ready for retirement
One of the most important things you can do for yourself in retirement is to be prepared. Make sure you know the important dates for Medicare enrollment as well as knowing what your options are for Medicare supplement plans.Our Medicare advisors are ready to assist when you’re ready to talk. Call us at 1-866-627-6705, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to speak to an advisor.
Sources: US National Library of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Exercising is a fantastic way to stay active after retirement. It not only gives your health a boost, but also allows you to live independently as you age. Now that you have more time, it’s simple to develop an exercise plan that works for your schedule. Experts recommend exercising for at least 150 minutes every week.