As we trudge through the workday, laden with responsibilities, never-ending to-do lists, overbooked schedules, and countless commitments, we can’t help but let our minds drift to the blissful days of retirement. We all have a vision of what life will look like once this day arrives. Dreams of endless free time, relaxation, carefree travel, and a week full of Saturdays are just a few of the things that come to mind. But in reality, retirement isn’t always the cakewalk we envisioned it to be! As we settle into a routine, we can easily become complacent with the day-to-day monotony. If we aren’t intentional with our time and decisions, we can inadvertently lead ourselves down the road of poor physical and mental health.
We must strive to be engaged mentally, physically, socially, spiritually, and even romantically for our Golden Years to truly sparkle and shine! Though this alone may sound like a full-time job (been there… done that), it can be quite simple. If we deliberate with our actions and choices, we can ensure that our years beyond retirement are thoroughly enjoyed and embraced.
It all begins with our attitude– after all, “they” say your attitude determines your altitude, and it’s no different when it comes to your retirement years. Taking control of your mental health and approaching the day with a “glass half full” perspective is proven to affect your overall health positively. A positive outlook allows you to better cope with negative situations; it’s the driving force behind our decisions that helps steer us in the right direction. An optimistic mindset leads to an overall healthier lifestyle, improved physical health, and increased happiness, self-confidence, and success.
The two main components of physical health include a balanced diet and regular exercise. Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for optimal health and sets the stage for our overall wellbeing. When you’re overweight, you’re at a greater risk for heart disease, elevated blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, stroke, and other severe health conditions. You can achieve and maintain a healthy weight by consuming a balanced diet filled with lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and complex carbohydrates. Additionally, it’s best to eat 4-5 small meals per day to help maintain blood sugar levels, allowing you to feel more energetic. Incorporating daily activity into your schedule is equally as important as your nutrition. Organized exercise classes such as water aerobics, yoga, Jazzercise, and circuit training are great opportunities to be active regularly. If you have access to a gym that offers these.
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