Not Enough Hours in The Day Is the Goal!
We all know by now how important it is to stay active as we age. However, many people who retire find themselves at loose ends because the structure that once ruled their lives is gone. It’s very easy to get into the habit of staying up late (I don’t have to get up in the morning - I’m retired!) and sleeping later and later each day. Trust me when I tell you that this is not the path you want to take! It may not be necessary to get up at 5 AM each day as you may have done for the last 40 years, but I believe there’s a direct connection between getting up in the morning and getting up in the world.
In addition to eating a balanced diet that’s loaded with fruits and vegetables, having regular check-ups, and not participating in risky behavior (texting or drinking and driving), a robust activity schedule will not only enhance your life but also prolong it.
Here are a few activities to consider:
- Music Therapy - sooth the savage beast within you!
- Book Clubs - check with your local library or start your own
- Walking Group - find one or start a new one with friends or neighbors
- Swimming - many local schools offer senior water aerobics or adult swim times
- Wii Sports
- Gardening - share your bounty with a local food cupboard
- Dancing (wow them on the dance floor!)
- Cards (bridge, hearts, pinochle, euchre, crazy eights, go fish!)
- Board games (Monopoly, Yahtzee, Battleship, Connect Four!)
- Paint a picture (or a room!)
- Pottery or ceramic classes
- Teach a class - do you know how to knit, crochet, belly dance?
- Volunteer - be a dog walker at the local shelter or a baby rocker at the local hospital
- Take a continuing education course - learn something new while knocking those cobwebs out of your head!
- Try a new sport - golf, pickleball, cross-country skiing, bocce ball, fishing
What you do is not nearly as important as just doing something. A regular schedule and a positive attitude will serve you well. Filling your days with a variety of activities will keep you mentally and physically in the game. Plus, let’s not forget the added bonus of meeting new people! Socialization is a vital component of aging well.
Let me know what you do to stay active. I’ll share it in a future blog!