Staying Healthy, Fit, and Happy Post-Retirement
Getting to retirement age, like most life stages, is a mixed bag of opportunities and challenges. We’ve certainly got more freedom than we had when we were working a full-time job and raising a family. We may have a bit more financial freedom than we did in our younger years, too. And we’re able to see life through the lens of priority and insightfulness we didn’t appreciate when we were just beginning this adventure called life.
But sometimes this new perspective is difficult to manage, too. While you should be enjoying your retirement, you may feel unstable. Fortunately, Solves Strips has suggestions for making your retirement the oasis it was meant to be.
Keep Physically Fit
Just because we don’t have the muscle mass, strength, or stamina we did in our twenties doesn’t mean we should give up strength and endurance training. The benefits of strengthening muscles through resistance training in older adults include better control of symptoms of chronic disease, pain, and depression, as well as prevention of falls, maintaining existing muscle mass, and increasing bone density. A simple walk around your neighborhood each evening can help increase your endurance.
Cardio workouts are essential for keeping us heart-healthy, which lowers our risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as holding memory issues like dementia at bay. Even a ten-minute workout per day can keep you fit and healthy. In fact, you can try a fun and different way to get your cardio like hula hooping!
Now that you have more time to cook and you’re not trying to please a household, you can prepare meals that are healthy, nutritious, and prepared for any dietary restrictions you have. This is why preparing your own meals and eating at home is not just good for your budget, it’s good for keeping you healthy and well, too.
Keep Yourself Relevant
Because for all of our working lives, we thought of ourselves as our work. When we retire, we often feel like we’re not contributing any longer. This mindset can lead to depression and anxiety.
Volunteering is a great boost for your own sense of self-worth beyond even the good you’re doing for the cause. According to Sunshine Adult Daycare, seniors who volunteer live longer than those who don’t. Research has shown that seniors who volunteer for at least 40 hours each year live much longer than seniors who don’t volunteer at all. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to meet people with similar interests and can be a great way to make new friends and get involved in the community.
Go Back to School
You may want to return to school in order to pursue a second career in a completely new occupation. As Johns Hopkins Medicine points out, there are multiple research studies that note that seniors who remain intellectually engaged by going back to school may avoid dementia. And college courses don’t necessarily have to focus on academic or career-oriented options.
You may wish to learn another language, a musical instrument, or how to write a novel. You could be eligible for the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit of $2,000 or the $2,500 American Opportunity Tax Credit.
Start Your Own Business
The first step to starting your own business after retiring is to identify what you want to do and what your passions are. For example, if you have a passion for cooking, then maybe opening a restaurant would be the best option for you.
A lot of people who are retired choose to open small businesses that they can run from home. This can be anything from operating a small online store to creating items at home to sell at craft fairs and farmers’ markets.
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to starting a new company after retirement. It depends on your skill sets and how much time you have available in your day-to-day life. But how you structure that business is very important. By creating an LLC for your business, you’re not only lowering your tax liability and reducing paperwork, but you’ll be protecting your personal assets as well. Though you don’t need a lawyer to create your LLC, you do need to check the rules for LLC Arizona formation, as rules do vary from state to state.
Make Changes for a Healthier Life
Staying physically and mentally fit should be the primary focus of any activity or lifestyle decision you make post-retirement. Whether it’s preparing your own healthy meals, going back to school, taking a daily walk, or starting your business, make sure what you’re doing is designed to make you happy and fulfilled.
From your Solves Strips Wellness Team
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