Updated October, 2016 — So you have saved all the money you need for a comfortable retirement, scoured the world and found the best to place to retire – great. Unfortunately, all that great planning means nothing unless you have the good health to enjoy your retirement. To keep yourself healthy enough to enjoy your retirement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all adults age 18-64 get at least 140 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week. That seems like a lot of time, certainly more than the average person is willing to put in. Fortunately there are a lot of great ways to get that exercise without having to become a gym rat.
Some of the ideas in the book by psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo, “A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness” are pretty interesting and relatively painless. They make it easy because they incorporate a little bit of exercise into ordinary daily activities. Such as: Brushing your teeth – why not do some squats. Talking on the phone, do it on one leg. Watching TV – why not do some stretching or use small exercise equipment. See all ten interesting ideas in “10 Fitness Ideas for People Who Don’t Want to Work Out“.
You can find more exercises and tips for you as a 50+ person in this article from Positivehealthwellness.com.
Exercises you want to avoid
The sad fact is that as we age many of the exercises we used to do are no longer such a good idea. We personally know some folks whose experience with the new phenomenon of “extreme” gyms like Crossfit suggest that stressful routines like lugging around tires and beer kegs are best left to younger folks. Nextavenue.com suggested some exercises to avoid:
– Plyometric exercises like box jumps
– Pullups/downs from behind the head
– Overhead presses
– Sprinting (OK, most of us don’t do too much sprinting any more!)
Some of these exercises can cause a variety of injuries including joint problems and torn rotator cuffs in our older bodies.
As more and more Americans become obese and endanger their health, it is critical that we try to stay in shape and keep those extra pounds off. An analysis from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center of Medicare claims found that mid-life cardiovascular levels were an excellent predictor of 8 medical conditions including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and lung cancer, among others. So incorporate healthy exercises into your daily routine and enjoy a long and happy retirement.
Comments? Do you have a regular exercise program? What do you do to keep your weight under control and yourself in good shape? What works, and what doesn’t? Please let us know in the Comments section below.
For further reading:
Change How You Feel About Exercise: Change Your Life by Jan Cullinane
Wall St. Journal-The Worst Mistake People Make Nearing Retirement