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As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
If you are currently retired or thinking of retiring soon, this article may interest you. The onset of retirement may be an excellent time for you to consider changing your lifestyle. Although the early phases of retirement may allow you to be fairly physically active, the aging process has a tendency to slow some folks down.
Previous research has clearly indicated that as adults age, the maintenance of regular physical activity can enhance and maintain positive health outcomes. However, not all adults who retire consider their lifestyle and how that affects their future life.
According to leading experts at the Sticht Center on Aging at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, activity levels in those who retire are somewhat mixed as it can depend upon the type of job they had prior to retirement. For many people, retirement is a very important life change that they plan for financially but most folks fail to plan for the other aspects of their lives. For most people who are coming from jobs that are sedentary, it’s an excellent opportunity to use that time to take care of yourself in a way that will have important dividends in the long term.
This is a very important point if you are considering retirement as more people retiring have had sedentary jobs and their risk of serious disease will continue to increase and likely become manifest during the golden years of retirement. This unfortunate trend is much more likely if you continue to be sedentary in the years following retirement.
Recent research conducted in the UK looked at 98 adults aged from 48-89. Of this number, 60% of the participants were retired. These subjects were asked to wear an accelerometer for one week. This device measures body movements. The researchers found that retired folk spent approximately 7% of their time being active compared with 6% of employed people. The retired subjects spent 75 % of the time during the week lying down or sitting compared with 78% of people who were employed. The results of this study also indicated that the total amount of sitting time increases with the age of the subject.
What was the most telling issue in this research was only one in five subjects met the recommended guidelines for physical activity per week. (2.5 hours/week)
The study conducted at the Institute for Ageing and Health at Newcastle University suggested that retirement age may offer an important window of opportunity for encouraging those of this age group to become more physically active. Many family members can obviously help with this period of transition by planning for the future and helping the person set to retire in adopting new or altering old (physical activity) strategies.
In my opinion, this is an excellent strategy to help prevent the onset of chronic disease in a susceptible demographic before it occurs.
In addition, engaging with community or peer led activity groups (walking clubs, outdoor pursuits etc) would be one simple and effective example of adopting and maintaining any desire to become more active. Most people just don’t plan for the free time they’re going to have, and end up watching a lot of television and sitting around the house. This can lead to both a sense of social isolation … and also physical inactivity.
There are countless opportunities for an individual to become more active….choose something that you like that will also give you what you need to age well.
This is an important way that the retired person can stay active and socially connected. This has obvious physical and psychological benefits. For those of you who are retiring or are in the transition, please take the necessary steps to enhance your lifestyle in the golden years!
Remember, this is your time to shine!
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project