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How To Stay Active In Retirement

Staying active in retirement is essential for seniors — both physically and mentally. Aside from keeping up with grandchildren or friends, staying active can help seniors reduce the risk of diseases such as arthritis and maintain independence. In turn, independent mobility can promote a positive state of mind, giving seniors a sense of purpose and providing more opportunities for achievement.

However, knowing where to start can be a challenge for many seniors. In this blog, we’ll cover how to stay active in retirement, both physically and mentally.

How to stay physically active in retirement: 5 ideas to get started

  1. Take a morning (or sunset!) walk — Going for a walk is a low-impact way to stay active in retirement and strengthen your muscles and bones while lowering your risk of diseases. Our LDK villages are located in beautiful locations with access to walking trails with stunning views.
  2. Attend a group exercise class — Exercising is lonely when done alone. Exercise can prevent chronic diseases such as arthritis or heart disease by improving muscle mass and bone density through exercise. At Greenway Views you can join Strength for Life, a fun exercise program run by the Council of the Ageing (COTA).
  3. Dance to your heart’s content — Dancing is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to stay active in retirement. At Greenway Views, we offer Dance for Wellness classes run by external groups, letting you practice in a safe dancing environment.
  4. Try a low-impact sport — Sports like golf, table tennis, tai chi, swimming and yoga are all low-impact activities that are perfect exercises. Even better, most of these activities can be done with like-minded people, making it a social and physical activity that stimulates both the mind and body.
  5. Test out your green thumb by gardening — From simply watering plants to watching them grow, watering and planting seeds encourages motor skills and gives a sense of satisfaction once they start to sprout.

How to stay mentally active in retirement: 3 activities seniors can do

Beyond staying physically active, it’s equally important for seniors to keep their minds sharp. Here are a few ways to get started:

  1. Play board games or do puzzles with friends — Board games and puzzles are a fun way to keep your mind sharp and doing it with friends adds to the fun! Pick up a crossword puzzle or try out a new board game with friends or opt to play trivia games to see who knows what best.
  2. Read a book — Books are a wealth of knowledge, and constantly reading can foster continuous learning and critical thinking. One of the benefits of living in a community like LDK is having access to a great library of books and the ability to join a book club or starting your very own.
  3. Try your hand at making art — Express yourself by creating art. Whether you’ve always wanted to try painting or sketching a landscape, doing so in your retirement can help improve your memory and reduce the likelihood of stress.

Stay active in retirement with LDK

LDK stands for Love, Decency and Kindness — the three principles we stand by in our senior living communities. Stay active in retirement with an endless list of things to do at our communities in Greenway Views or The Landings. From morning walks and table tennis to general exercise classes and line dancing, we offer a range of social activities and aged care services to accommodate all.

Contact Us

If you’re looking for a place that helps you stay mentally and physically active or know a loved one who does, contact the LDK team today.