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Retirement is a time of life that many people look forward to, but it can mean radically different things depending on your lifestyle and health. Whether you’re already retired or planning for retirement, here are five tips to help ensure you stay healthy and active during retirement: 

  1. Stay Physically Active

Physical activity is important for everyone, but it’s especially crucial for older adults to stay active to help prevent chronic diseases and reduce the risk of falls or other injuries. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, which can include anything from gardening or walking to swimming or even just stretching.

  1. Eat a Balanced Die

Eating nutritious food is essential for maintaining good health in retirement. Eating a balanced diet can help reduce the risk of chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein sources such as legumes and fish, and healthy fats like avocado or olive oil. 

       2. Get Enough Sleep

As we age, our sleep needs may change, and it’s important to get enough restful sleep. Aim for seven or eight hours of solid sleep every night. 

       3. Stay Mentally Active

Mental stimulation is just as important as physical activity in retirement, so keep your mind engaged by learning something new, playing games or puzzles, reading books, or doing other activities you enjoy.

Speak to a Financial Advisor

Retirement isn’t just about physical and mental health — it’s also about financial health. It’s important to speak to a qualified financial advisor who can help you plan and prepare for retirement so you’re able to maintain your desired lifestyle in the years ahead. 

Aside from the list above, consider joining a program or taking classes specifically designed for retired adults. There are courses in everything from learning a language or picking up a musical instrument to painting or pottery. Taking classes is a great way to stay social and keep your brain active. 

Regular check-ups with your doctor are also important for optimal health in retirement, so make sure you regularly visit your healthcare provider for preventive care and screenings. 

Retirement is also a great time to travel. Consider taking some trips around the world and experiencing different cultures. Traveling can be a great way to keep your mind active and stay socially connected, as well as allowing you to see some amazing places.

Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Make sure you get regular exercise, eat nutritious foods, and practice stress management strategies like mindfulness or yoga. Taking the time to practice self-care will help you stay healthy and happy in retirement. 

Finally, don’t forget the importance of connecting with family and friends. Having an active social life can help improve your overall well being, so make sure you stay connected with your loved ones throughout retirement. 

Talk to our financial advisors

At Independent Financial Services we have professionals who can guide investment strategies, tax-efficient savings options, and retirement income planning. 

Here’s to a happy and healthy retirement! Get in touch with us today to get started.

Any opinions are those of Independent Financial Service and not necessarily those of Raymond James. Every investor’s situation is unique and you should consider your investment goals, risk tolerance and time horizon before making any investment. Investing involve risk and you may incur a profit or loss regardless of strategy selected, including diversification and asset allocation. Be sure to contact a qualified professional regarding your particular situation before making any investment or withdrawal decision. This material is for general information only and is not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. Material provided by Redfern Media, an independent third party.