Take Fifteen Steps to a Healthy-Retirement

Healthy-retirement needs to be a top priority. I don’t know what your life situation is at this moment. I believe that it is never too late to change course. Choices that we make every day determine whether or not we will have a long and healthy life in retirement. Our goal should be to have a long and healthy life in retirement including being healthier physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Our retirement health is a personal responsibility. Choose a healthy lifestyle that meets your individual health and emotional needs. When we take that responsibility and start the journey, it will not be long before we notice improvements in mood and general well-being.

Take the following Fourteen Steps to a Healthy-Retirement

  1. Make God a part of your life.
  2. Make learning about wellness and health a priority. I recently read a book titled “Foundations for Healing” by Dr. Richard Becker. Dr. Becker is a cancer survivor who has a great story. This book has had a profound impact on me and I recommend it to you.
  3. Identify the "stressors" in your life and learn to manage stress.
  4. Choose to be happy. Refuse to let circumstances rob you of happiness. Find the positive in every circumstance.
  5. You become what you think about. Remember the "Serenity Prayer" and accept the things that you can't change. Be thankful for what you have. A positive outlook can have a significant impact on your emotions and physical well-being.
  6. Commit to spend a minimum of two hours a week in the study of healthy living and four hours a week exercising. Exercise will help prevent cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis.
  7. Commit to lifestyle changes involving diet, exercise, and smoking cessation necessary to control blood pressure and improve your heart health.
  8. Modify your diet to include nutritional fats, organic foods, fresh vegetables, and fruits (whole fruit, not fruit juice). Minimize carbohydrates and grains especially wheat. Complement this with a good supplementation program that provides multiple vitamins and minerals. Nutritional supplements do not cure or prevent illness and disease.  They only give the body the extra nutrition it needs to take care of itself!  A healthy lifestyle starts with good nutrition.
  9. Consider investing time in volunteer services to give back to your community and provide stimulation for your mind and body.
  10. Identify and plan for safety and security issues.
  11. Drink alcoholic beverages in moderation - don't overdo it.
  12. Allow time and resources for hobbies and recreation.
  13. Make time for travel and weekend getaways to enjoy your healthy-retirement.
  14. Find a stimulating job even if you don’t need it.

The simple fact is that nourishing food, regular exercise, recreation, two or more cups of tea with ginger daily and relaxation will improve your health and possibly increase longevity with vitality.

A word about saturated fat, For many years we have been told to avoid the evil saturated fats. It turns out that saturated fats have been getting a “bad rap” all this time. The real enemy of good health is sugar, wheat gluten and carbohydrates. Dr. Perlmutter in his book, “Grain Brain” writes that “Every cell in your body requires saturated fats; they comprise 50 percent of the cellular membrane. They also contribute to the structure and function of your lungs, heart, bones, liver and immune system."

I am not a paragon of virtue when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. However, the Lord blessed me with a wife who encouraged me to make some good choices for senior fitness. Wherever you are on the wellness continuum, my prayer for you is that you take control of your life and have an exceptionally fulfilling retirement. Start by reading the suggested publications listed below.

Want to help other retirees enhance their healthy-retirement or comment on this page? Please go to healthy-retirement-ideas.

It is never too late to start.

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Although Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, his eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated. Deut. 34:7

References and Suggested Reading List:

  • Go to retirement resources
  • Bridget Doherty, Julia Van Tine, and the editors of Prevention Healing Books for Women, Growing Younger, Breakthrough Age-Defying Secrets for Women, Rodale.
  • Selene Yeager and the Editors of Prevention, the Doctors Book of Food Remedies, Rodale.
  • Russell L. Blaylock, M.D., Health and Nutrition Secrets that can save your life, Health Press.
  • William Sears, M.D., Prime Time Health, Little, Brown & Company.
  • Richard L. Becker, D.O., Foundations for Healing, Brio Print
  • Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., From Fatigued to Fantastic, Avery
  • Robert D. Willix, M.D., Age Proofing – 7 simple steps to super vitality at any age, Real Health Books
  • David Perlmutter, M.D., Grain Brain, The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar -- Your Brain's Silent Killers. Little, Brown and Company, 2013.
  • Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D. and Jonny Bowden, PH.D, C.N.S., The Great Cholesterol Myth, Why lowering your cholesterol won’t prevent heart disease and the statin free plan that will. Fair Winds Press, 2012. 
  • Mary G. Enig, Ph. D, Know Your Fats: The complete primer for understanding the nutrition of fats, oils, and cholesterol, Bethesda Press, 2000, 2013.  

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