Research reveals that, in retirement, the risk of heart disease increases by 40%.
Lack of exercise, ill-suited diet, and mental health factors such as anxiety mean that often older people can often find themselves feeling as if their wellbeing is slipping away.
Thankfully, such a scenario is avoidable by following a simple and easy action plan. Put these bricks in place and the wall of wellbeing is not far away. The cement in the wall comes from a few minor adaptions to your lifestyle.
The aim is for everyone to enjoy retirement while staying in the best possible shape both mentally and physically, so, without further ado, let’s take a look.
Diet, together with exercise, is your best friend when trying to stay healthy. But awareness of your changing body and needs is vital.
Compared to your 30s, for instance, you won’t require the same calorific intake. However, as an appetite shrinks, it’s important to ensure that the food you do eat meets your body’s needs.
While it’s always tempting to follow some new fad diet, the best option will always be balance. To achieve that balance, there are some basic rules to follow.
- Consume five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
- Keep hydrated by taking regular drinks, preferably water.
- Cut out sugary drinks, especially those that are high in caffeine.
- Reduce the amount of sugar and saturated fats in your diet.
- Consume less alcohol.
- Eat more fish – two portions a week should be fine and be sure to include one oily fish.
- Reduce your salt intake to six grams per day.
- Eat starchy foods. Using coconut oil to cook rice can have significant health benefits.
- Don’t skip meals.
Following these simple tips allows you to maintain a healthy diet that keeps you happy and energised.
Should you wish to embark on a specialist diet, meanwhile, or take extra exercise, be sure to consult your doctor for advice.
As we grow older, it’s easy to put a mental obstacle in the way of exercise. But age is no excuse for not exercising – there is always something you can do.
What’s needed is the right approach. Putting together an exercise plan and working it into your daily routine need not be taxing at all.
Think also of the potential benefits of joining a gym club or even buying a home gym kit. When it comes to exercise, you’ll be surprised what’s out there.
A New Sense Of Purpose
For many years, work has provided the purpose to our lives. Not only has it filled our days but it has allowed us to shop, travel, enjoy interests, and maintain our homes. Retirement can often remove this sense of purpose – it can be easy to feel lost.
The reality is, however, that retirement offers more opportunities than any other period of life. Meeting new people, indulging in a new or lost hobby, charity work – there is simply no need to recede into your shell.
Recently, for example, I have joined forces with a few stay at home mums and started a freshly home-cooked meals catering services. Our aim is to encourage healthy eating and the return of the traditional food quickly disappearing from our dinner tables due to microwave meals. For more information and mouthwatering African recipes, send an email here.
Actions To Improve Your Life
Retirement is a great opportunity to make a change and take action that will help improve your life.
Remember, life is full of opportunities. But you must reach out and take them. They will not come to you.
Whenever you see an opportunity that you think could make an impact and a positive change in your life, grab it!
Don’t hold back. Don’t let those moments pass you by. Take a step forward to a happier life.