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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Who Says Life Stops When You Get Old? 4 Activities For the Active Pensioner

Reaching retirement age isn't the end of your life, it's simply the closing of a chapter and the start of a new beginning.

Passing this important milestone in life doesn't mean that you suddenly need to put on your flat cap and talk about 'the kids of today'. To the contrary! Retirement gives you the time to really enjoy your passions in life, and opens up doors to new, exciting experiences.

Research shows that people aged 65 and above spend a whopping 10 hours sitting still each and every day - that's crazy! The more active you are, the more you can help yourself live a long, healthy and happy life, so what are you waiting for?

1. Walking



Walking is perhaps the most low impact exercise you can do and yet it's so good for you!

Walking doesn't have to mean hiking the mountains or trekking through Peru, it could be as simple as strolling around your local park or taking a jaunt to the shops.

If you're physically able, try to walk a bit further each day, pushing yourself to become more active. Why? Because walking is one of the best activities for keeping you healthy in your later years.

Walking not only helps your body stay strong physically, but also psychologically, with a clear reduction in the risk of dementia amongst those who lead a more active lifestyle.

2. Bike Riding



Does walking seem too easy? Then step it up a notch. Bike riding is a great activity for pensioners wanting to remain active throughout retirement.

As we age, we lose muscle mass which can cause all sorts of problems such as loss of balance and reduced bone density which can leave us susceptible to falls and injury. Bike riding can encourage better balance, and can help build lean muscle mass, making us physically stronger.

In terms of psychological health, bike riding has been found to act as an antidepressant amongst older people.

3. Volunteering



Although your brain may still be active, your body may not be and if you suffer from limited mobility, find it challenging to complete everyday tasks and use mobility aids such as a stair lift in the home, you may wish to look into activities that are less physical.

Volunteering at local events is a perfect choice, and it can often be done by those in wheelchairs, too. Studies show that volunteering is an excellent way to boost brain power, socialise, meet new people and it's been found that those who volunteer frequently report a higher quality of life than those who do not.

4. Skiing



This certainly isn't for everyone, but if you're fit and healthy and open to trying new things, then what have you got to lose?

Skiing isn't just for the kids, as Clyde Getty (the oldest athlete training for the 2014 Winter Olympics at 52 years old) demonstrates perfectly. Just 3 months of ski lessons could see your leg strength increased by 16 percent and your jump height increased by 6 percent, which really goes a long way towards improving balance and building muscle.

A craving for adventure doesn't stop just because you've aged. If anything, it just becomes stronger, so arrange a taster course at your local dry slope and see how it feels!

Regardless of your health and ability, there are activities out there to suit you. Getting older doesn't mean foregoing socialisation and disregarding your interests, it just means you may need to look into alternative activities that your body will allow. The activities above are just a small selection of the hobbies and interests pensioners all across the country have. Try different things and see what makes you happy.

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The guest post is provided by stairlifts.co.uk, a UK supplier of mobility aids and valuable source of stairlifts help and support.

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