How to make the most of every minute

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions,” quoted Albert Einstein.

Retirement means different things to different people.

“To leave one’s job and stop working,” (Oxford Dictionary) is just one aspect of retirement.

People retire and continue their vocation or start a new profession while receiving pension income. If you like what you do, why give it up? What would you wish to change in your life?

We all want to be happier as individuals. We want to share our happiness with our loved ones and within the community around us. Young or old, this will never change.

No matter what is going on in the world, each of us has the ability to be happy and healthy.

Stay invigorated

Relocating to Lymm will bring you into to the gentle Cheshire countryside. Coastal towns, nature reserves and national parks are an easy drive from Lymm.

On the doorstep, you’ll find local beauty spots Lymm Dam, the TransPennine Trail and the towpath walk along the Bridgewater Canal. Explore locally on foot every day and continually notice something new in the world around you.

Take it slowly when you drive through the village. You may encounter a mallard crossing the road to reach the lower Dam. He has all the time in the world. So too does the swan on the Bridgewater Canal as he flares his wings in courtship.

Why do we feel happier after exercise?

Our lives become transformed simply by walking, running, swimming, dancing, yoga, Pilates and other forms of exercise. When we exercise, the brain gets more oxygen. The body produces more chemicals and hormones and these positively affect our energy, mood and health.

The levels of dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine in our bodies increase after exercise, says Dr John J Ratey (hear his TED Talk). Exercise, he tells us, is self-medication. Numerous true stories tell of people who have overcome physical and mental illness through exercise, gratitude and choosing happiness as a way of life.

Exercise prevents and treats depression. The calming effect felt for up to four hours after exercise helps relieve and prevent anxiety. Long term, exercise prevents cognitive decline and assures good mental health. Exercise optimises the brain’s ability to learn and improves motivation.

Keep moving, stay active and you’ll enjoy excellent physical and mental health for the rest of your life.

What do you put into your body and how do you look after it?

Take Public Health England’s quick quiz to find out healthy you are. You’ll receive an email with links to smartphone apps with valuable guidance on improving your fitness and health. 

Using these apps, you can track your walking (for example, the Couch to 5k running podcasts), log your meals and drinks and manage your health on ‘days off’.

Exercises to strengthen bones are important to help the body age well. Everyday activities like carrying groceries, gardening and cleaning the house keep muscles strong. Exercises that use the body for resistance also help build strength such as yoga, push-ups, sit-ups and lifting weights.

Use the NHS Eat Well Guide and Forks Over Knives resources to try out new recipes. Cook healthier meals in your new luxury kitchen, making the most of the top quality appliances. Serve and enjoy them in your beautifully light and spacious Arbor Living dining room.

Use the NHS calorie counter with a fitness app and you’ll find that making yourself accountable (even to yourself) for the amount of food you eat will encourage to you cut down. If you’d like to lose weight, NHS Choices has a weight loss guide and a food and activity chart to use on your smartphone.

Healthier food and exercise help you sleep better. Did you ever hear the phrase, “An hour’s sleep before midnight is worth two after?” This Ayurvedic wisdom (ancient Indian medical tradition) advises us to go to bed before 9pm three nights in a row and note how you feel. After 3pm, the body’s production of serotonin slows down as it prepares your body for rest (this is a good reason to avoid caffeine in the second half of the day).

More free fitness tracker apps

Would you like the support of a personal trainer without the hourly fee? Download the NHS Choices Strength and flexibility podcasts from iTunes or Google Play and get your own fitness expert without the expense.

Did you know that thanks to the NHS you can get continuous support to keep you in good health?

Start with the BMI calculator and then see a list of apps and online resources to keep track of your fitness levels. One example is the NHS Fitness Studio with a weekly running plan for beginners. Work it alongside your regular classes. Buddy up with a friend to make yourselves accountable to each other and make it more fun. Reward yourselves for your achievements and celebrate together in one of Lymm’s cafes or restaurants (making a healthy choice of course). 

Would you like to know more about moving to the friendly village of Lymm? Why not arrange to come and visit us at Willowpool and ask our advice?

Luxury park home living in Lymm

The Arbor Living park homes in Lymm are open for viewings throughout the week. Book an appointment today.