What Do You Want Your Retirement to Be? Tips on Making It Your Own

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When we retire, people often have a notion of what that should look like. We should spend our days fawning over grandchildren, knitting, or going to Florida for the winter, right? Well, if that’s what you want to do, then yes. But you can also use your retirement as a time to pursue things that make you happy and improve your life every day. Here are some suggestions, courtesy of In the Process Inc.

Active Seniors

If you’re not the type of grandma or grandpa to stick tight to the rocking chair, you’re not alone. Today, more seniors than ever remain active well into their 80s and beyond. As an active senior, you have an opportunity to give yourself health and happiness like never before. 

Let’s start with exercise. While you don’t have to be like Paul Stone, who began training in his late 60s and maintained an active bodybuilding career before his death in his late 70s, there is no rulebook that says you can’t start a new fitness regimen in your 50s, 60s, or 70s.

A few tips to get started include buying a smartwatch/fitness tracker, making sure you’re wearing the right shoes, and, if you are a woman, selecting a sports bra designed for your level of intensity. RunnersNeed explains that sports bras may be low to medium impact for activities,

such as yoga and walking, or high-impact when you plan on intense aerobics or mountain biking.

So, what’s the benefit of exercising in your senior years? There are many. First, regular exercise helps your body fight off infections by boosting your immune system. You’ll also enjoy greater cardiovascular function and, of special importance to women, stronger bones. When you exercise, you also improve your metabolic function, which can help offset some gastrointestinal issues, such as constipation.

Mental Stimulation

Because you can’t exercise all the time, you’ll also need to look for activities that stimulate your mind. These might include signing up for a painting workshop, auditing a class at your local community college, or playing games, such as chess and checkers, with your friends.

Something else to consider is volunteering at your local elementary school, museum, or domestic violence shelter. When you volunteer, you get to serve and interact with your community, socialize with others, and make an impact on people’s lives. Volunteering also works to help you feel better about yourself, and it can even give you a sense of purpose, which is crucial when you retire. Many seniors lose this when they are no longer punching a time clock, and getting out within your community can help you stay engaged, which can stave off loneliness and depression.

Last but not least, maybe starting your own business is just the kind of mental stimulation you’ve been craving! It’s certainly a challenge, but a rewarding one at that. The first step is to figure out what kind of business you want to start – as well as choosing the right business structure for you. Remember that if you’re starting a corporation or LLC, you’ll need an EIN (employer ID number) for tax purposes, but ZenBusiness can help you get up in moments!

There is no right way or wrong way to live your retirement. After all, you worked your entire life, and now it’s time to live the rest of it your way. You do not have to live up to someone else’s idea of what your post-career years should look like. Be active, be engaged, and do what makes you happy. We only get one shot at this life, and it is your turn to aim in the direction that you want to go.

In the Process Inc offers personal growth strategies to help you be the best version of yourself in order to help others. If you’d like to get in touch, email intheprocessinc@gmail.com.

Guest Posting from Cheryl Conklin, check out her website wellnesscentral.info

Thank you Cheryl we appreciate your tips! Hope to you have you on here again.

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