5 Ways to Stay Healthy After Retirement

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Once you hit retirement, it can be tempting to spend your days relaxing and doing what you love. Prioritizing your favorite hobbies once you are retired is certainly important, but many people also want to prioritize their health. Although you can get sick at any age, as you age, your immune system changes. Since your immune system doesn’t work as well as you get older, you are more prone to illness. Healing also slows as you age, meaning that you have less immune cells in your body. Your cancer chances can also increase because as you age, and your immune system can’t detect and fix cell defects as easily.

Although as you age your immune system changes, you can still take steps to stay as healthy as possible. Lifestyle changes may be necessary if you haven’t taken care of your body in the past, but there are also preventative measures you can take to keep yourself healthy.

1. Exercise

Exercise is imperative at any age, but is particularly important as you get older. Regular exercise can help you prevent health problems as well as keep your bones strong. Many people also find that regular exercise helps boost their mood. If you dislike regular exercise, consider partnering with a friend to keep you motivated. According to the CDC, if you are 65 or older and fairly healthy and fit, you should get two hours and thirty minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week (or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity), and you should also do muscle training twice per week.

Particularly if you are new to working out, be sure to talk to your doctor first. Starting slow is fine; any exercise is better than none.