Advice for anyone who wants a happy retirement

Is there something you’d like to change in your life? Are you looking to be healthier and happier? You have all the time in the world to enjoy your new lifestyle. There’s no time like the present for planning everything you want to do.

The age defying benefits of an active lifestyle

Research into healthy ageing overwhelmingly shows an active lifestyle to be the biggest factor in feeling younger, staying healthy and looking good throughout later life. People who spend more than a third of their time in physical activity are more likely to avoid disability in later life.

For this reason, let’s find out what this means for people approaching their sixties.

What can we do every day to make us fitter, healthier and happier? Are we happy with our levels of activity? Or could we make some simple changes for the better?

Let’s begin with taking a look at how much time each day you spend on your feet and sitting down.

  1. It is good practice to concentrate on posture when sitting. Make sure your spine is supported whenever you are seated. Sitting places more strain on the spine than standing or walking.  When sitting at a desk, place your hands at right angles to the surface with your feet on the floor. Then, keeping your back straight, adjust the chair to the correct height to maintain good posture.
  2. Get out walking as often as you can. Low impact cardiovascular exercise helps look after your spine and take care of your heart. Just one lap at the swimming pool or a five-minute walk is beneficial. 
  3. Cardiovascular fitness benefits your brain as much as your heart. Exercise has been proven to maintain cognitive ability. When you exercise, it’s important to remember how you benefit in order to stay motivated. Exercising improves our thinking and memory skills – defying ageing and promising quality of life.
  4. Strength and balance are vital for good health and it is especially important to maintain the health of the spine. Keeping the spine supple reduces the risk of strained muscles and lower back pain. Include in your fitness activities exercises which focus on strengthening the abdominal and lower back muscles. This will train your body to engage the right muscles for certain activities and give your spine the natural support it needs. For example, using the core or abdominal muscles when lifting will avoid putting excess strain on the lower vertebrae in your spinal column.
  5. Treat yourself to a hamstring stretch twice a day – it feels good and you can do this while seated. The NHS Live Well website has a wealth of tips and videos about exercising. Their service includes a free fitness coach in the form of downloadable podcasts for strength and flex workouts.
  6. Find healthy eating plans and ideas at NHS Live Well. When retired, there is more time for planning healthier and tastier meals, following new recipes and cooking a greater variety of dishes in your luxury park home kitchen. Stock up on flu-fighting foods like health boosting berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and blackcurrants). Tons of research has been done on the health benefits of berries. Rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre, they’ll help you fight off winter viruses.
  7. Choose the right mattress and pillows for your bed to get the best night’s sleep possible and allow your spine to recover while you rest.

Be the most active tourist in your own city

The thrill of moving to a new place is in discovering your new surroundings and doing different things. You eat at different restaurants, meet new people, have a go with new hobbies and join different clubs.

Many Lakeshore residents are members at David Lloyds Fitness Centre. They find they’re more motivated to attend the gym for a fitness class or a swim when they go with friends. It’s easier to keep up the good work in achieving fitness goals when those goals are shared with other people.

Back to touring your home city, there are cinemas, museums, historical buildings, organised city strolls, theatres and parks. Exploring them will make you feel more alive, just as they do on holiday.

Art clubs, choirs, reading groups – a variety of clubs are available locally. When long, dark winter evenings deter us from being outdoors, online tutorials become useful. Search for your hobby on YouTube and find a free class for your specialised hobby.

Relax and enjoy the numerous advantages of later life. When you first visit Lakeshore at Burton Waters, you’ll imagine settling in and enjoying your new life there.

A new beginning at Lakeshore

Come and talk to us about creating your new life at Lakeshore.

Book your visit to the luxury housing park at Lakeshore, Burton Waters, Lincoln and find out why other residents love living here.