Your Health in Retirement

Since I was sick yesterday I obviously spent some time thinking about my health in general. I don’t do too bad looking after myself, but I know I have a way to go on a few things. This becomes much more serious as you enter your retirement years since the damage you do to your body now may be with you for the rest of your life.

So here are some of the things you should be doing to keep your health now and in the future:

  1. Sleep. Perhaps the most overlooked thing for most people is making sure we get enough sleep. After all without that it becomes hard to function and by cutting your sleep short you also cut short your body’s natural regenerative process. It’s also a bit of a personal thing. I don’t function well on less than 8 hours, others can pull off with 6 hours of sleep. The point here is to not cheap out on your bed, pillow and bedding. You want to be as comfortable as possible while sleeping, so spend the money on it (after all I spend more time sleeping than working in a year).
  2. A Balanced Diet. I think everyone has those weeks where you feel like it is too much effort to eat right, but we still have to try. So keep your house full of fruit and veggies and keep out the pop and chips. It’s easier to eat better when you don’t have much choice in the matter. Another good idea is taking a multi vitamin daily, which just helps cover you for those odd items you don’t seem to get in your diet.
  3. Get some Exercise. Exercise does get a bad reputation for some reason. People just assume you have to go to a gym for it. That’s not true at all. You should be able to get exercise around your house or yard with some chores and perhaps going for a walk once in a while. The point is to get off your butt and do something.
  4. Relax. Stress can literally be a killer for many people, so it is important to deal with it in a healthy fashion. Each person has their own means to deal with it, but for me personally I find I need some time to myself each day.  Other common methods include meditation, yoga or other exercise, a bath or playing with your kids.
  5. Have regular appointments with your doctors.  Half the battle on most things is early detection, so when you think something is wrong please go see your doctor.  Do not just ignore it.  You could be losing years of your life by avoiding a doctor.

Well that’s my list.  If you think I’ve missed something please leave a comment.

2 thoughts on “Your Health in Retirement”

  1. Just “staying active” is so important. I go to the gym a lot these days, but during the time I was at my fittest, slimmest and slept the most (as an adult) I never worked out. I just had longish walks from the train to university and to work, and I was running around and lifting kegs behind a bar every night. It’s amazing the extent which sitting in an office every day screws with your health, so maybe it bodes well for retirement you won’t have any of that any more.

  2. Guinness,

    I know what you mean. My body has noticed I’m now not doing much field work anymore and without the kid I think I would be on my way to being fat.


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