Retirement is a unique period in a person’s life. It is that time period where you are no longer working your head off and you are left in limbo. Many people assume that retirement is a relaxed time period. But little do most people know that most retirees suffer from depression, anxiety and boredom simply because they have too much free time at their hands. It is a time where people’s health begins to deteriorate. The reasons for this can be mental as well as physical. Here are tips on how you too can maintain good health after you retire.
Take up a sport
Well, this is the last thing that most retirees think of. It shouldn’t be so. Just because you retire it does not mean that you are too old to exercise or take up a sport. If you didn’t do a sport or exercise during your working life, retirement is the best time to take up such an activity. This being said, you should also consider your age when it comes to choosing the sport or type of exercise. Avoid choosing high impact exercises and sports. Instead hire a personal yoga instructor or join an aerobics class. Make sure that you keep fit and in shape so that there is less chance for life style diseases to catch you unawares.
Meet a dietician
Meeting a dietician is something that most retirees put aside, for the simple reason that they believe that they can simply eat anything and everything and get away with it. The reality is quite different. You simply cannot eat any and every thing that comes you way because of the potential disease that they may cause. On the other hand, if you were on a strict diet when you were working, you might want to have a look at it again once you are retired. What basically needs to be done is to get a qualified professional have a look at your food habits and make recommendations where necessary. Now that you have a personal yoga instructor four times a week, you might be required to eat more at a certain time and less at another time.
Be socially engaged
Loneliness is a silent killer. Many people fail to recognize it, but loneliness definitely causes more illnesses than ever before. Therefore it is highly recommended that you engage socially once you have retired. After all, you do have all the time you need. So go ahead and sing up for some volunteer work at the local volunteer centre. Offer to babysit. Join your local golf club. The key is to ensure that you surround yourself with a solid group of people who you love and trust.