Active-Retirement-Living Key to a Long, Healthy Retirement

If you referred to any of the search engines for active-retirement-living, you would likely open sites promoting retirement communities of various kinds that offer an environment and programs that promote and support active living.

For the most part these communities do a great job in providing for and supporting active-retirement-living. They provide exercise programs; good nutrition and social activities. This type of an active retirement lifestyle can slow the aging process and is a great option to consider. However, you can achieve the same results without leaving your home. There are many church and government sponsored programs available to enhance your retirement lifestyle and make it possible to retire at home.

Either way, it is possible to enjoy additional years of quality life far beyond your 80th or even your 100th birthday. But you have to stay active spiritually, physically, and mentally. Your active-retirement-living, positive attitude, spiritual power and motivation have a lot to do with your health. Your mind and faith have amazing power over your body. The time and place to start living an active lifestyle is wherever you happen to be at this time in your life.

There are no guarantees in life. We all have a check book of time and only God knows the balance. How we choose to spend that time is pretty much up to us. Our lifestyle is a choice that we make for better or for worse. Moving your body and exercising your mind coupled with good nutrition and obedience to the commandments of God are keys to a long and healthy life.

We have all had moments in our life time when we felt the stress induced knot in our stomachs. Managing stress, controlling anxiety and trusting in God is necessary to preserve our mental, physical and spiritual health. We can choose to be a positive influence on our environment or give up and become a part of the problem.

We are all living in tough times. It is hard to be upbeat when the whole world is in such a state of depression and division. Depression, anxiety and stress caused by the uncertainty of our times can lead to mental and physical impairment in the form of chronic diseases.

Trust in God can enable us to overcome fear and anxiety. We all have the God given ability to trust God. Remember that God is in control and will cause, “all things to work together for good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28).” We have to learn to let go of the past – learn from it but let it go, live for today and trust God to take care of tomorrow. Focus on the good things in your life and be grateful for them.

Give thanks to God for all you have and for those who have been kind and supportive through the storms in your life. Cherish your friends and be kind to those people that enter your life. And importantly be a friend to someone else. Real friends are truly a gift from God.

Create and Maintain Active-Retirement-Living

Things that you can do or explore to create and/or maintain active-retirement-living:

  • Make God a part of your life and put your trust in Him. Develop the habit of daily prayer and meditation with a forgiving heart.
  • Learn to manage stress and control anxiety. I have read that some seventy percent of all chronic health conditions are stress and diet related.
  • Commit to a daily exercise routine, both weight-bearing and aerobic.
  • Learn to turn the other cheek. Christ commands us to love one another. Let go of anger and learn to forgive. Anger is unproductive, robs us of reason, and is destructive to our physical health.
  • Learn to respect and have a high regard for yourself. God values us so much that He gave His only Son for us.
  • Fill your mind with positive thoughts and reject negative thinking. This includes associating with positive uplifting people.
  • Consider investing time in volunteer services to give back to your community and provide stimulation for your mind and body.
  • Allow time and resources for hobbies and recreation that provide stimulation for mind and body.
  • Make time for travel and weekend getaways to enjoy your active-retirement-living.
  • Find a stimulating job even if you don’t need it and stay connected with people in your former profession.
  • Develop new intergenerational social relationships and spice up your active-retirement-living. Church groups and service clubs are great ways to develop relationships with multiple generations and different circles of people.

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