Five Easy Ways to Live a More Active Lifestyle

By: Sterling House and Clare Bridge of Valparaiso Last Updated: May 14, 2012

Creativity-and-AgingRetirement living does not mean that you have to shut down and hole up. Yes, you have earned the right to some peace and relaxation, but this should not come at the expense of remaining active, either physically or socially. By maintaining a high activity level throughout your retirement, you will maintain your independence and lead a healthier, fuller lifestyle.

While this idea of getting and staying active may sound overwhelming, it is actually much easier than you probably suspect. Whether you live in a retirement living facility or maintain your own independent residence, the following tips will help guide and direct you as you look for new ways to stay engaged.

1. Take Trips: One of the best ways to stay active is by taking trips. These trips do not have to be long or extended. In fact, many independent living facilities offer short day or overnight trips that will be sure to keep you engaged in active living.

2. Volunteer: Being retired does not mean that you have to limit your influence. Volunteering is a great way to have a positive impact on your local community. The best part about volunteering is that there are many different outlets. Hospitals, churches, retirement communities and food banks are just a few places where your help would be greatly appreciated.

3. Learn Something New: Now is the time to pursue a passion that you had previously been neglecting. Remember, you are never too old to try new things. Take up photography, look into local community theater, or start building a boat. The goal is to learn something that will activate and challenge you in new and exciting ways.

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4. Join a Club: Another easy way to stay active is to join a club or group that shares a similar interest. If you need help finding a club to join, look at your local community center or independent living community.These organizations often offer a host of activities, including, book clubs, exercise programs and community dinners.

5. Start Exercising: You also need to worry about your physical health. Consider trying low impact exercises. Walking and water aerobics are two great choices. If you need help getting started, check out a class at your local senior center or retirement living community.

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