Each new decade in our life seems to bring its own challenges and benefits. For some, their 50s may have brought new stresses and some new aches and pains, but it may also have brought more solid financial footing. With the arrival of your sixties, you may find yourself feeling more secure and confident. Now is the time to make the most of what you’ve been working toward, and a retirement community in FL is a great place to take stock and implement some of the six things you should probably be doing now you’ve reached your sixties.
Embrace your age. Age is just a number and it shouldn’t leave a pall hanging over you. You still have dreams and plans and the energy to achieve a lot more than you may realize, so be happy with who and where you are, but do your best to keep yourself in shape to continue your adventures.
Step-up those step classes. Or add some distance to your daily run. The point is to push yourself physically (according to your doctor’s recommendations). You’ll find plenty of sixty-year olds running marathons, lifting weights and doing all sorts of physical activities. A strong, active body will keep you physically and mentally healthy for many years to come.
Protect those bones. Osteoporosis is an important concern as our bones naturally get weaker and more brittle as we age. Although the damage can start as early as our 20s, you can still do something to strengthen your bones. Obviously eat a diet rich in calcium and get your vitamin D, but also do some body-weight exercises such as jumping jacks, pushups, and planks. And don’t think this is only for women. Men’s bones weaken too, so couples may want to challenge and push each other!
Start your day with water. You may be used to starting the day off with a cup of coffee or a glass of orange juice — probably freshly squeezed if you’re living in a retirement community in FL — but to help your digestive system, drink a glass of room-temperature water first thing in the morning and then wait 45 minutes before eating or drinking anything else. Go for a brisk walk or run or do your pushups and planks while you wait. Your digestive system will thank you.
Watch what you eat. It’s a mantra that we seem to hear all our adult life, but what we eat and how much we eat really is important. As we get older, we generally need fewer calories. Talk to your doctor or a nutritionist and figure out the proper diet for your age, health issues, and activity level. By making the right choices, you’ll feel better and have more energy.
Enjoy your retirement. Now that your body is fit and full of energy, make sure you’re in a setting where you can get the kind of physical and mental stimulation you need to stay sharp. Retirement communities like Lake Ashton are ideal, because they combine resort-like amenities with a wealth of activities and a friendly community where you can make wonderful new friends.
Retirement doesn’t and shouldn’t mean slowing down. It should be a time to fully embrace life and all it has to offer.