Retirement is often considered one of the most liberating times of your life. You have the freedom to pursue hobbies, make new friends and travel the world without worrying about how many vacation days you have left or who’s watching the kids. It’s also the time when many seniors choose to rededicate themselves to fitness, as working a full-time job and raising children can often force people to leave their health and wellness on the back burner. If taking on a more active lifestyle seems a little overwhelming, consider all the benefits of taking the leap and getting back into shape during your golden years.
Improves Physical Health
It may seem obvious, but participating in regular physical activity can improve your bodily health. Whether you suffer from arthritis pain or weakened muscles, training your body’s joints and muscles can help strengthen them, reducing uncomfortable symptoms that once made it difficult to move fluidly. When your entire musculoskeletal system is trained and strengthened, you’ll have better balance and surer footing, decreasing the frequency of slips, falls and trips.
Enjoying a workout routine can also improve your endurance, so you are able to walk longer, jog farther and lift heavier objects. This is perfect for grandparents who have grandchildren to play with and spoil.
If you want to lose weight or are struggling with diabetes, heart disease or osteoporosis, working out can even help reduce the effects of these conditions. With regular exercise, you can successfully lose weight, build bone density, improve blood pressure, reduce pain and lower cholesterol. All these benefits can make living independently much easier and more enjoyable.1
Unfortunately, as we age, we become more susceptible to depression, anxiety and mood swings, which could alienate us from our friends and family and ruin the enjoyment we once got from our hobbies. When you exercise, however, your brain releases mood-boosting hormones called endorphins that produce the oft-cited “runner’s high” you may have heard about. The positive moods brought on by exercise stave off depressive feelings, while the physical activity offers an outlet for the stress and negative emotions that may be weighing you down.
Additionally, exercising with others in a class, fitness support group or other group setting fosters friendships and allows you the opportunity to connect with others who share your priorities. Making more friends in retirement and interacting with them often can prevent you from feeling lonely or isolated.
Increases Mental Capacity
As you age, you may notice your senses and memory just aren’t as sharp anymore. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with dementia or you just can’t remember the smaller details of conversations as well, you can improve your memory and mental function and even slow the progression of dementia by exercising regularly.
When you exercise – be it jogging, spin class, yoga or water aerobics – your heart begins to pump more blood throughout your body to provide oxygen to all the muscles you’re using. Blood flow is also increased in the brain, which, in turn, stimulates cellular growth and repair. This keeps your brain active and alert, ensuring you’re quicker on your feet even after your workout.
Find an Activity You Enjoy at Twin Lakes Community
Living among people who share your interests, priorities, and lifestyle can encourage you to adopt healthier habits, socialize more regularly and set you up for a healthier, happier retirement. Twin Lakes Community in Burlington, North Carolina is home to over 500 people in independent living who have chosen to live a purposeful life in a community of their peers. The diverse backgrounds of our residents blend together to create a vibrant community filled with a wealth of expertise and life experiences. Situated on over 210 beautifully landscaped acres in the heart of this magnificent state, Twin Lakes provides the perfect location, resources and environment for residents to live fulfilled, intentional lives. Visit our website at www.twinlakescomm.org or call us at 336-538-1572 for more information or to schedule a tour.