4 easy ways to introduce exercise into your retirement
Did you know that May is National Walking Month? Even though the month is coming to an end, summer is just around the corner with its longer days and lighter evenings – so now could be the perfect time to introduce regular exercise into your retirement.
Being active in retirement is the best way to increase energy levels, increase your bone density and improve your balance, posture and flexibility. With numerous ways to keep fit in retirement, do you know where to start?
Whether your goal is to improve your health, get stronger, or to just find a new hobby, these 4 easy ways to introduce exercise into your retirement may help to inspire you today.
Introduce daily stretches
Your body will thank you if you make stretching part of your daily routine. Stretching not only helps to increase your flexibility, but can also increase your blood flow, reduce your muscle tension, and improve your posture. Introducing stretches into your routine could help increase your energy and aid the release of ‘feel good’ endorphins, which may improve your mood.
Not sure where to begin? By simply stretching towards your toes, even touching them if possible, you could help strengthen your back muscles, and rotating your ankles may improve your balance. Yuri Elkaim, New York Times bestselling author and one of the most trusted health experts in the world, has provided 9 important stretching exercises you can do every day over on his website – so don’t delay, get started today!
Swim for fitness or fun
Exercising in water is a great way to build up strength, especially for those with mobility and joint health issues. Plus, as swimming is considered a low impact sport, there is less risk of injury than other sports. Are you a strong swimmer? You may enjoy swimming laps or even taking a dip down your local beach in warmer months.
If you’re swimming for fun as well as fitness, water aerobics is a popular way to exercise in water and can also be a great way to socialise. Water aerobics may also help to increase flexibility and strength, improve heart and lung function, increase balance and can give a sense of accomplishment, without being limited to any skill level!
Regular swimming can offer many health benefits including increased flexibility, improved muscle strength, boosted mood, increased brain function and a healthier and stronger heart. Whether you are swimming for fitness or for a bit of fun, you’ll be sure to enjoy the rewards of introducing this exercise into your retirement.
Are you feeling a little adventurous or needing motivation to try something new? These 5 unusual ways to keep fit in your retirement could inspire you to begin a new hobby this summer!
Go for a walk
Walking is free, simple and the easiest exercise to fit into your daily life. A brisk walk can help to build stamina, tone your legs, burn calories and boost your energy.
Try these 4 simple ways to introduce walking into your routine:
- Meet up with a friend and go for a walk together
- Take your pets on a brisk walk once or twice a day
- When you go out, try walking to your destination
- Go for a walk with your family and use the time to catch up on recent events
Walking doesn’t have to be limited to just a casual stroll, walking sports such as walking football and walking netball are quickly gaining popularity. Walking sports are designed so that anybody can play, no matter what your fitness level is. Plus, these sports can be a great way to socialise in your retirement and make new friends.
Get out in the garden
Whether you’re pushing the lawn mower or planting trees and shrubs, gardening not only benefits your physical health but your mental health too.
Gardening in your retirement can increase strength and hand dexterity, reduce the risk of a heart attack, and boost your mood. Plus, with summer approaching, creating an evening garden could be the perfect first project to introducing exercise into your retirement, and it’ll offer you the opportunity to entertain friends and family in your outside space.
Is your outdoor space limited? Why not bring the outdoors in and start your own indoor garden? Creating your own indoor garden can be a fun project at any time of year, and you’d still enjoy the health benefits of gardening as well as the benefits from the plants themselves.
There are many ways to introduce exercise into your retirement, but it is important to choose exercises that are right for you and introduce exercises you can enjoy to be sure you’ll keep up the routine.
You can also visit the Age UK website for helpful information and advice on staying physically active, safely, as you get older.
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