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How to make the most out of your senior adult years

Your retirement years will usher in an entirely new chapter of new activities, habits, and interests. A slower, more laid-back pace of life might come as a jolt, however, especially if you’ve spent most of your life keeping up with the daily grind.

There’s nothing to worry about, though. Stick to these essential senior adult lifestyle tips and you’ll surely enjoy a high quality of life throughout your hard-earned retirement.

Stay active
Healthy amounts of physical activity are the key to excellent health and fitness – no matter what stage of life you are in. But even if you didn’t make exercise a regular part of your routine when you were younger, it’s never too late to start.

Living in active adult or 55+ communities can provide you with the right motivations and means to incorporate healthy physical activities into your schedule. You can join yoga classes, swim a few laps in the community pool, or simply take leisurely walks with a pet to start your day.

Find an activity that you enjoy – and are comfortable doing – and just keep at it. You’ll feel stronger and livelier before you know it.

Watch what you eat
As the ideal complement to a regular exercise routine, be mindful of your food and drink intake. Meals should always be enjoyable, but they should also be the right types of food that your body needs to keep you nourished and energized – instead of just feeling full.

Having meals with your neighbors or looking for meal delivery services are helpful, especially if you are finding it difficult to stick with a healthy menu on your own. Good retirement communities provide both – encouraging opportunities for neighbors to eat together and providing healthy and tasty menus for their residents.

Connect, interact, and engage
Staying in touch with your family and friends always goes a long way in keeping you not just happy, but healthy as well. Having your children and grandkids over for visits every now and then is sure to give you a boost. If frequent visits are impractical, you can always maximize social activities around your neighborhood. Getting to know the people living around you will help you stay engaged and feel connected. This will also allow you to build an important support system around you with people who live just a house or two from yours.

Keep learning
Just because you are retired doesn’t mean your brain should, too. Life has so much to teach everyone – no matter the age. It’s really just a matter of opening up to all these learning opportunities. You are never too old to start a new hobby like baking or gardening. You can always try an activity you’ve always wanted to do, but never had time for – like joining a community theater group or band. Learning something not only keeps you excited and interested, it’s also a great way to keep your mind and memory active.

The Gillis Group specializes in helping clients buy and sell owner occupied homes and rental properties in age 55+ retirement communities in Rosevile, Rocklin, Lincoln and throughout Placer County. They work for the Coldwell Banker Sun Ridge Real Estate brokerage that is located in the heart of Sun City Lincoln Hills (www.cbsunridge.com). To learn more, please call 916.303.6420 or 916.316.0815 or email stevegillis106(at)gmail(dotted)com