Retiring doesn’t have to mean a total slowdown of your life—and frankly, it shouldn’t if you want to enjoy good health. Here’s what to add to your daily routine to feel your best in the years to come:
From an after-dinner walk to a trip to the farmer’s market to taking the grandkids to the pool, moving is one of the best things you can do for your body. In addition to the emotional benefits that enjoyment brings, physical activities help bones stay stronger, improves strength and balance, reduces your risk of heart disease and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. Studies have also shown that exercise helps prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and may even help your immune system.
Keep your brain in good shape by pursuing creative hobbies. In fact, studies say that people who engage in mentally stimulating activities are significantly less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who were intellectually inactive. Board games and puzzles count!
It’s a fact: Staying social promotes health and happiness. Planning to get together with friends for movies, concerts, theater or sports events can decrease your chances of dementia, cognitive decline and even physical disability.
Keep your appointments up to date
Finally, to stay as healthy as possible, be sure to schedule regular doctor’s appointments, stay current on your medications and keep up with screening exams. By establishing a good relationship your healthcare provider, you’ll feel comfortable discussing any of your health concerns and know what screenings you need—when you need them.
To schedule an appointment with a primary care physician, call 317.584.5762.