Retirement comes with a set of mixed emotions including excitement, joy and uncertainty. Retirement can come with some health issues as well. Retirees have a greater chance of developing heart disease compared with people the same age who continue to work. Depression is also a concern for some retirees.

The bottom line is that even if you are retired, it is important that you continue to get the exercise you need to keep fit physically and mentally.

While previous generations might have dragged themselves across the finish line into retirement, exhausted and burnt out after years of hard work, many in our generation will reach retirement healthy, happy and raring to go for another 20 years. This notion that retirees just sit around in their rocking chairs all day is seriously outdated and untrue.

However, it is still important that you keep busy after you retire. Goldberg and Associates, your retirement planning service in Atlanta, offers exercise advice for retirees.

Yard Work

You might not want to mow your lawn, weed the garden or trim the trees, but yard work will get you outside and into the fresh air and give you much-needed exercise. If you have a large yard or if there is a lot of work that needs to be done, it might make sense to hire someone to give you a hand.

Yoga

Retirees sometimes struggle with joint stress, pain and other physical limitations. If so, they can benefit from incorporating yoga into their daily routine.

Aging presents many wonderful gifts including wisdom, experience and grace. Growing older can also present a few challenges. Physically, it becomes more difficult to keep extra weight off. Over ⅓ of adults over the age of 65 are obese.

Many yoga poses focus on balance and stability, both of which are very important as you age. Strengthening your muscles and improving balance prevents falls, which can be a concern as you age.

Yoga is also calming and restorative, it relaxes the body and the mind. Yoga involves focusing on breathing and slow movements, which helps reduce stress and feelings of anxiety.

Swimming

Swimming is an excellent form of exercise and it is quite fun as well. If your retirement plans include spending time at the beach, make sure you hit the water for some swim time.

Swimming is the ideal workout for retirees, mainly because it presents little risk of injury and it is low impact. Swimming and water exercises work out all of the muscle groups, presenting a complete workout for retirees.

Walking

The next time you need to grab a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread from the grocery store a few blocks away, walk there to get it. Not only will this save you money in a little gas saved, but it will also provide you with some much-needed exercise and fresh air.

Walking is an effective way to reduce the risk of many chronic conditions and improve your overall health. All you need to walk is a good pair of shoes.

Improved Quality of Life

Not only will regular exercise help to keep you fit, but it will also help improve your balance and posture, relieve your aches and pains and improve your sleep. And when these aspects of your life improve, you maintain mobility and remain independent. This is a much better way to enjoy your golden years.

Social Benefits

Retirement can create a sort of social vacuum, leaving you with less contact with family and friends. By participating in yoga classes or going swimming at the senior center, it gives you plenty of opportunities to get out and meet like-minded people.

In fact, even taking a walk through the park or around your neighborhood offers the opportunity to connect with others.

Good for Your Mood

Studies show that just 30 minutes of exercise a day causes the brain to release hormones that stimulate pleasure. That’s right, exercise makes you happy. Also, other hormones are released during exercise that impacts stress in a positive way. Studies also show that getting exercise is one of the best ways to fight depression and anxiety.

Keep Moving

Since you are retired, you don’t have to get up every weekday morning, shower, shave and go to work. You probably want to spend that extra time you now have catching up on all of that sleep you missed over the years.

This is fine, but only to a point. We all enjoy that feeling of waking up, checking the clock and realizing that you don’t have to go to work. But if you start sleeping in later and later, it could lead to some very bad habits.

For example, you might be sleeping in during the time you usually go for a walk or do some other form of exercise. Do yourself a favor and keep moving.

For more information about retirement planning, contact Goldberg and Associates.