Published in February 2021
Retirement is a truly life-altering phase. You spend 40 years of your life getting up in the morning, focusing on career goals, which keeps your mind and body active. Then you retire, making way for a more laid back routine. However, staying healthy in retirement still requires you to keep your mind and body in good shape.
Here are 5 tips to help you do just that!
1. Take up a hobby
This is a great way to enrich your mind and challenge yourself to learn new skills. If you prefer a peaceful hobby like gardening or cross-stitching, it can help put your mind at ease. Or if you want to do something more physically or mentally active like learn to play the guitar or paint landscapes, it can keep your mind really busy, in a fun, engaged way.
2. Keep up your physical health
Working out doesn’t have to mean training for a triathlon at age 65. Just get your body moving at whatever pace or intensity feels right to you, as long as it keeps your joints and muscles working. It could be anything from a daily walk, to joining a hockey league, playing tennis, joining a fitness class at the gym, or even finding an online workout video that works for you.
3. Fuel your body properly
Make sure you’re providing your body with the right fuel to be as active and healthy as possible. And keep in mind that a number of factors can alter the way you approach your diet as you age: many people begin to digest slower, they’re not as thirsty, some people begin to lose their sense of taste or have trouble chewing. Whether you continue to enjoy your favourite meals or explore new cuisines, it's important to keep your body's health top of mind. Incorporating more water and foods that are higher in antioxidants like blueberries and fatty fish like salmon into your diet are great ways to fuel your body. Did you know? Even moderate amounts of alcohol can lower your risk of heart disease.2
4. Manage your sleep
For some, sleeping can be more difficult when you reach retirement age. But you can set yourself up for the best possible sleep with tips like these: keep a consistent sleep schedule with a goal of 7 to 9 hours, keep your bedroom dark and quiet, avoid alcohol and caffeine at night, and find an app or audio recording that will help soothe you to sleep.
5. Seek out laughs
They say, “laughter is the best medicine.” Okay, maybe it won’t stop a pandemic or cure cancer, but laughter is a really valuable tool in keeping your mental health strong. Even the Mayo Clinic will tell you that a good laugh can increase, then decrease, your heart rate and blood pressure, giving you a relaxed feeling.2 So chuckle through old stories with friends and family; stream your favourite sitcom, movie or stand-up special; or read some funny books.
Keep your body moving and your brain active to stay as healthy as possible in retirement. And even if you have health issues, remember that CAA is here to help with Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance. There are no medical questions or exams when you apply, so you’re already approved.*