How to enjoy a healthy retirement (literally!)

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By Rachel Jackson

Special to the Financial Independence Hub

Whether it’s junk  food, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes or simply laziness there are many things that can lead to an unhealthy life. Not being health conscious can have dire consequences and you can easily walk yourself into an early grave if you don’t take care of your body. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With these tips to live by, you can stay healthy well into your retirement years.

1.) Keep fit

No matter what your age, you should be exercising regularly and doing your best to stay fit. While you don’t need to become a marathon runner or boxing expert, try to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day to maintain a healthy body and mind. Don’t believe that you have to tone it down when you reach a certain age either: your body will keep up with what you offer it. If you don’t start running until the age of 50 then you might have some problems but someone who regularly runs well into their fifties will be able to keep it up. Exercise helps to strengthen your heart, keep your body working and mobile and release endorphins to ease stress and improve mood.

2.) Eat healthily

There’s nothing wrong with a treat now and then but you need to stick to well-balanced meals and healthy snacks for the most part if you want to live for a long time. Eating the wrong diet, can result in  obesity, diabetes, digestive problems, heart problems and high cholesterol. And that’s only the start. Eat well: remember that when you put good stuff in, you will get bad stuff out.

3.) Laugh often

One of the best ways to extend your life is to enjoy it. Failing to spend time with friends and family, to entertain yourself, to have fun and laugh daily can be almost as harmful to your health as smoking or drinking. If you enjoy yourself, you exercise your heart muscles, ease stress and tension and keep a positive mind. If you don’t, you increase your risk of depression, illness, and complications associated with stress such as heart attacks.  Remember not to take things too seriously; a life not enjoyed is a life not lived.

4.) Avoid temptations

There are plenty of temptations out there and many of them will do you a lot of harm. Taking that cigarette from a friend, drinking more than a glass or two of alcohol a week, trying drugs at a party, eating takeaway every night of the week: these are all temptations you already know you should try to avoid. Where possible try to think of your health first and anything else second. Look after yourself for the long run, rather than in the here and now, and remember that life can be good without giving in to temptations.

5.) Plan well

Another important factor in reaching retirement in enough time to enjoy it is planning well. Make sure that you work hard and live within your means so that you can save up for your retirement plans. This will allow you to live comfortably as your old age approaches rather than having to work for longer. It is very important that you have a back-up plan at all times and that you save part of your paycheck every month to keep your funds going.

By following these tips, you can easily stay healthy well into your retirement. You can live a long and fulfilling life without punishing your body. This is a great way to find a new lease on life when you retire so you can savour the days you worked so hard for and make it all worthwhile.

reguestpostforfindependencehub_com Rachel Jackson is a mother of two beautiful boys. She loves to hike and write about travelling, education and business. She is a Senior Content Manager at Bizset.com, an online resource of relevant business information.

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