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Tips to Stay Active During Your Retirement

Retirement is a great time and you should enjoy every minute of it. The best way to do this is by staying active. However, you may not be able to do as much as you used to, which can be hard to come to terms with.

So what can you do? Here are some tips to stay active during your retirement.

Focus on getting enough sleep. The National Institute on Aging believes that older adults need to get between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. Not only will this help you stay healthy, but it will also help you stay active when you are awake.

You need to think long-term (not a quick fix). Your health should be a long-term goal. You want to make healthy choices for every meal. You will be more successful if you slowly incorporate more healthy foods into each meal.

The same goes for an exercise plan. You can't decide that you are going to start walking ten miles a day. You will quickly burn out. Start with a half of a mile. Work your way up to a mile or two. Slow and steady is better than burning yourself out.

You can't forget about your mind. Your mental health is just as important as your overall health. You may want to try some games, such as puzzles and crosswords, to keep your mind sharp. You may also want to check online. There are many games that you could play to keep yourself busy and on your toes. This is also a good time to learn new skills. If you have always wanted to try photography or to learn a new language or hobby, now might be a perfect time!

Find ways to stay connected to others. Many seniors get depressed when they retire. This is especially true for those who are stuck at home. However, the best way to avoid this is by staying connected to others. If you are able to visit others, do so as often as you can. You may need to hire someone to drive you there, but getting together with friends will help you feel better about yourself. If you aren't able to get out, you can invite others over. This will help boost your mood just as much.

If you are serious about staying healthy and active, it is important that you take care of yourself. You are going to want to get enough sleep every night. You should also try to eat a well-balanced diet and take the time to get out and walk. However, you can't make a drastic change or you won't be able to keep up with it.

It is also important that you stay connected to others. Too many seniors become depressed during their retirement and their health can suffer. Visit friends and family as often as you can. If you can't, invite them over to see you. This will really boost your mood.

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