Why Regular Exercise in Retirement is Necessary

Many many congratulations on your retirement. Now you can have all the time in this world to focus on your health and well-being. Physical activity or exercise can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Physical activity and exercise can have immediate and long-term health benefits. Most importantly, regular activity can improve your quality of life. A minimum of 30 minutes a day can allow you to enjoy these benefits.

Benefits of Regular Exercise

Physical benefits

  • reduces your risk of a heart attack
  • manages your weight better
  • have a lower blood cholesterol level
  • lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers
  • have lower blood pressure
  • have stronger bones, muscles and joints and lower risk of developing osteoporosis
  • lowers your risk of falls
  • recover better from periods of hospitalization or bed rest
  • Feel better – with more energy, feel more relaxed and sleep better.
  • Builds your immunity

Psychological benefits

  • You will be in a happy mood
  • Exercise may block negative thoughts or distract you from daily worries.
  • Exercising with others provides an opportunity for increased social contact.
  • Increased fitness may lift your mood and improve your sleep patterns.
  • Exercise may also change levels of chemicals in your brain, such as serotonin, endorphins and stress hormones.
  • You will feel energetic both inside out

Visit your doctor first

Before going into active mode, get yourself examined. Get your blood-pressure checked, check if any kind of physical activity gives you pain or causes dizziness. Exercise may block negative thoughts or distract you from daily worries. Exercising with others provides an opportunity for increased social contact. Increased fitness may lift your mood and improve your sleep patterns. Exercise may also change levels of chemicals in your brain, such as serotonin, endorphins and stress hormones.

Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, boost your health and have fun. For most healthy adults, the Bellaire ER recommends at least 30 minutes a week of physical activity daily to have a healthy and happy life.