A retirement-lifestyle of good nutrition, regular exercise, mental stimulation, life long learning, recreation and spirituality is basic to a long and happy life.Just as important is the development of a retirement-lifestyle with great inter-generational social relationships. Church groups and service clubs are great ways to develop relationships with multiple generations and different circles of people. They also provide a way to provide service to your community and give meaning to your retirement-lifestyle.
Leading a sedentary and otherwise unhealthy lifestyle
will not result in a long and healthy retirement. If we believe that
extending our lives for an extra twenty years means no more than giving
up wellness in exchange for an extra two decades of painful inactivity,
chances are we would choose fewer years. Senior fitness activities must be a part of your routine if you wish to really live every day of your life.
As a society, we need to realize that good health and vitality up to and past the age of 100 is possible for us. We know that it is possible for other people because we hear about them all the time. Currently there are more than 50,000 centenarians in the United States.
For a happy retirement our lifestyle should ideally provide a balance of relaxation, fun, recreation, service to others and stimulating work. Being able to retire debt free would greatly enhance our ability to enjoy a truly free retirement.
We can be embarking on a new and vital phase of life filled with opportunities, great hobbies, expanded interests, new careers, travel, volunteer opportunities, new social relationships and leisure pursuits.
This is the time of our lives where what we do can make a difference
to us and our community. If you want to give back to your community,
check out the local services clubs such as Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions.
Each individual club has projects or charities that they support. Pick
one that interests you and get involved. Check out the AARP web site for other ideas on volunteering.
Managing stress is very important in maintaining optimal health. You can’t eliminate all the stress in your life and probably wouldn’t want to if you could. The secret of stress management is not eliminating them but changing the way that you react to them.
Spiritual Wellness, a positive attitude, and a sense of humor are great help in managing stress. Proper nutrition and aerobic exercise also help relieve the effect of stress.
You can slow or even stop the aging process and enjoy additional years of active, vital life far beyond your 60th or 80th birthday. But you have to believe you can. Your positive attitude and thoughts, spiritual power, and motivation have a lot to do with your health. Your mind and faith have amazing power over your body.
You are the one who will determine, to a great extent, how long you will live and what the quality of that life will be. Today is the day to start.
Although Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, his eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated. Deut. 34:7
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