I thought I would just create this quick article on fitness tips for retirement. It’s probably one of the most important things that you should think about doing in your retirement or planning on retiring soon because it makes a huge difference in your life for many reasons. I hope these fitness tips for retirement help in your journey to stay fit. You can have all the money in the world but without your health it really doesn’t mean that much. The first thing here should be:
Consult With a Doctor
Consult with a doctor before starting any exercise. This is one of probably one of the most important things, especially if you’re sick/injured or recovering. They can set a plan for you too. You should consult your doctor. That’s probably one of the most important things.
You need to try and stay active. And as you get older, the more active you can be, the better you feel. So find activities that you enjoy, such as walking, swimming, or cycling, and add them into your daily routine. You need to make it fun too. Join a community centre and participate in a few of their programs they offer.
Strength training, like going to the gym and lifting heavier weights, resistance and through fitness to build muscle mass and maintain bone density. So strength training is another key component in staying fit in your retirement. If your core muscles are strong it helps with everything else.
Stretching, it’s very important to stay flexible, especially as you get older. It’s like preventive maintenance. If you slip and your back is all tight and stiff, then you hurt your back. But if you’ve been doing your stretching and your body’s muscles are looser and flimsier it reacts quicker, so when you slip, you don’t hurt your back.
Cardiovascular exercise is so important for your health. It helps with blood flow, a stronger heart etc. You should incorporate some extra cardiovascular. You can ride a bike, run, jog or walk on the treadmill, cruise on the elliptical etc. You should try and get your heart rate up to get maximum benefits.
How many cups of coffee do you drink in a day.? How many glasses of wine, all that removes water from your body, so you got to think about that as well. There are lots or recommendations for the amount of water you should be drinking per day.
Stay Warmed Up and Cool Down
Warm up and cool down. So do some pre-warm up exercises. Same as when you’re all finished. And then on your days off, you could just do your stretching and lie in front of the TV, listen to some music, and do your stretching and just make it a part of everyday life.
Listen to your Body
If you’re not feeling well, you don’t have to go to the gym. Take it easy. Do some lighter weights. You have to be aware of any pain or discomfort. So adjust your routine. If you’re not feeling good, you might not want to workout and do some exercising. If your chest is really sore, don’t do chest exercise. So things like that. Listen to your body.
And Set Realistic Goals
Set some realistic goals because you’re not going to get healthy overnight. So you have to think about two, three, four, five months from now so to expect big changes in the first few weeks is not going to happen. You might see small changes but the more you work out, it starts to compound. So the first few weeks it takes to compound, that’s increasing your metabolic rate. Now your body starts burning fuel automatically, but it takes two to three weeks for that to happen. And so once that starts happening, then you’ll see some big changes.
I hope these fitness tips help.