Keeping Fit in Retirement
Retirement is a time to slow down, but it’s not a time to come to a complete stop. Yes, it’s a time to start easing off of certain commitments, but it’s not a time to completely abandon them all. And one such commitment that you shouldn’t completely abandon is the commitment you made to your body at birth — a commitment that said you’d look after it and keep it shape. What this means is that you shouldn’t stop giving your body with the attention it needs to remain fit and healthy, even in your years of ‘rest’ and even if it isn’t as able as it once was. Below you can find some realistic advice on how to do so.
Take part in slower moving sports and activities
Even if your body isn’t as able as it once was, you still need to keep it active — and there is no excuse not to do so! This is because there are a host of sports and other physical activities out there that are far less physically demanding and far more slower moving. One of such is, of course, golf. Golf has been the go-to sport for generations upon generations of retirees because of the fact that it demands next to no strenuous activity and involves a great amount of slow-paced walking. As well as this, although it is a relaxing sport that can be played at the pace of whoever it is that’s playing it, there is still a competitive edge to it that stops it from becoming mundane or redundant. And it is these things about golf that make it such a suitable sport for retirees to involve themselves in.
But if you do decide to take up a bit of golfing in your retirement, just know that the game has moved on and developed as time has passed. Even if you have not played it in years, or even ever, it doesn’t mean that the game hasn’t continued to be played at both professional and amateur levels. It doesn’t mean that there aren’t new ways of playing golf, new equipment to use and newer, better players playing it. So, if you do decide to take up golf in your retirement, make sure to check out this article: The Best Golf Clubs For 2017, to ensure that you are ready for the challenge of playing modern day golf. By doing so, you never know you might just take the world of golf by storm, even at your tender old age!
Other slower moving, yet physically demanding sports and activities include: bowls or bowling, cycling on level ground or on an exercise bike, playing doubles tennis with a partner and water aerobics. By filling your week with any number of these activities, you give your body the chance to remain as fit and as upwardly mobile as anybody, of any age. Not only this, but you give yourself something worthwhile and beneficial to do with all the free time you are afforded in your retirement.
Go on walks
Walking is both one of the most recommended activities for retirees to indulge themselves in, and it is recommended for a number of reasons. One reason is that it is free to do. Another is that it need never get boring or tedious, given the amount of nature reserves, local parks and country parks dotted about. Another is that it need not be strenuous enough to cause exhaustion, and can be achieved at whatever pace suits the walker.
However, there is one big downfall to walking: there is no competitive edge surrounding it. Unlike some of the sports listed above, you are not going to be engaged in a battle for supremacy with another when you take to walking. You are not going to working towards the goal of winning something when all you do is walk. It is for this reason that retirees who have spent a lifetime engaged in competition may not take so kindly to just walking. But, what’s stopping you from taking part in the sports above, but getting yourself out and walking a few times a week in order to prepare yourself for it?
You don’t have to train hard in order to keep fit in retirement. You don’t have to be going on lengthy runs or jogs. You don’t have to be hitting the gym at least six times a week. You don’t have to be lifting weights and drinking protein shakes. All you need to do is find a sport or activity that suits both your skill level, and how physically able your body now is. Whatever you decide to do, just don’t give up on your body! By refusing to do that, your body won’t give up on you any time soon.