Does being on the go all the time make you feel happy, healthy and half your age? Or is life so hectic you wish you had more time for yourself?
In full-time work, we continually strive for the perfect work life balance. Filling each day with the right amount of variety and interest gives us a true sense of purpose without feeling overwhelmed. We want to give the people in our lives the attention they deserve without spreading ourselves too thinly.
Retiring from full-time work is an opportunity to re-balance our lives and to focus on what matters to us the most.
What is healthy ageing? The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.”
Everyone is different. The standard of health, comfort and happiness one person expects may differ to another.
Age UK reports:
“By 2020, over half of adults in the UK will be over 50 years of age. The persistent trend that the ‘older you are, the less you participate’ (A Vision for 2020, Sport England, 2004), has huge significance for society, particularly in terms of bringing together older people with younger, more active generations. Only 17 per cent of men and 13 per cent of women aged 65–74 take sufficient exercise to meet the international guidelines of half an hour’s exercise of ‘moderate intensity’ on at least five days a week. For those aged 75 and over, this falls to 8 per cent of men and 3 per cent of women.”
Quality of life
The kind of life we adopt as soon as we start retirement will set the pattern for our whole life ahead. A life focused on good quality living will help maintain our health and well-being for the rest of our lives.
How to stay in good health
We know what we need to do. All it takes to remain in good health (and to feel younger) is to:
- Eat well
- Maintain a proper weight
- Take regular exercise
- Get enough sleep.
These four simple behaviours will prevent most health problems occurring.
It sounds easy. And like most aspects of life, working to improve our health is simple but not always easy.
The demands of a full-time career may sometimes prevent us from looking after ourselves as well as we could. Retiring from these demands frees up more time to devote to ourselves – which will benefit those we love as much as ourselves.
The starting point for excellent health is to identify each area and how your choices affect each one.
Weigh up your health
How can you improve in each area of your health?
Which are your strongest and weakest areas?
Do you mostly (80% of the time) make healthy eating choices when it comes to mealtimes at home and dining out?
Do you prefer to know where your food comes from? Northern Harvest delivers local food from small-scale producers throughout the North West including Lymm. Abbey Leys is your local farm at High Legh selling organic eggs and potatoes (with a community observatory).
Do you get 7-8 hours of sleep every night? Do you find it easy to relax? Or do you need to change your routine to help you wind down for a good night’s sleep? Perhaps a power nap (up to 30 minutes) would boost your alertness.
Could you introduce more exercise into your daily routine? What forms of exercise would you enjoy doing every day? Which friends are willing to join you? Fitness and exercise are more enjoyable when shared. Try a park run one Saturday. Take a friend and learn Nordic walking. What are your neighbours’ favourite forms of exercise?
Try a Pilates class at The Box to improve your overall physical strength. According to John Pilates, “You’re as old as the health of your spine.”
Loving the local outdoors at Lymm
Take advantage of your new life in Lymm to enjoy the outdoors every day.
Join Cheshire Wildlife Trust and visit their nature reserves to see carpets of bluebells and other spring flowers. If it’s one of your goals to spend more time outdoors and help preserve the English countryside, find out whether one of the Trust’s volunteer roles would interest you.
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Nearby Dunham Massey (National Trust) is famous for its Georgian mansion and extensive woodland. What is less well-known is that there are two Sites of Special Scientific Interest here: Dunham Park, south of Dunham Town, and Brookheys Covert. Dunham Park is 3 miles from Willowpool – easily reach by cycling or walking along the Transpennine Trail and Bridgewater Canal. It’s the only place in the northwest of England with such a concentration of old trees, some of them dating back to the 17th century.
Luxury park home living at Willowpool
Every Arbor Living park home is designed and built with your lifestyle in mind.
Book a viewing by phone or send an email and we’ll call you back when it’s convenient for you.