Staying active as you age is crucial for many reasons.
First of all, it can delay cognitive disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Secondly, it helps to keep your heart healthy which can also mean you stay at a healthy weight.
And then of course, staying active is really great for your mental health as well. Scientists show in several studies that endorphins are a group of brain chemicals released when we exercise. These chemicals interact with your brain cells to give you a sense of well-being.
This is why you usually feel great after an exercise regimen.
Additionally, staying active could be a great way for you to meet new people. Every human being needs meaningful human interaction to thrive.
Retirement and getting older usually means kids have moved away and you’re not talking to as many people any more during your day.
This is where staying active could fill in the gap and have you meeting people throughout your day.
So how exactly can you stay active?
Let’s explore some of those ways.
Staying active as you age – Tips and resources to help you get it done
Ah, you thought I was going to suggest some type of exercise first, huh? That will come later but I first wanted to talk about volunteering as a way to stay active.
When you no longer have to dress up and go to work, it can feel that there’s something missing in your life.
It’s common to see people become depressed and even develop health conditions that had been at bay right after retirement.
The truth is, we all need a sense of purpose.
And even though we don’t like to admit it, for most of us, a job gives us a sense of purpose.
If you treat volunteer opportunities like a job, it can become the thing you look forward to when you wake up each morning.
Apart from that, volunteering is a great way to meet new people and build relationships.
And let’s not forget the impact you’ll be making with your volunteer work!
Looking for volunteering ideas? Check out this post I wrote on volunteer ideas for seniors if you live in San Diego.
You could volunteer for/at:
- Local events – They usually need help setting up and tearing down and all kinds of odd jobs. You can help here.
- Hospitals are always looking for volunteers to fill in various roles.
- Some cities have volunteer police departments that are staffed by seniors
- Your local church, community center or charitable organization.
Sign up for an exercise class
A local gym or community center near you may have exercise classes you can sign up for.
Some of these places have deeply discounted prices for seniors. You might even find that these classes are free for seniors.
Signing up for a class that will start and end on specific dates will give you something to put on your calendar to look forward to.
Sign up for a local sports team
Are local sports teams looking for team-mates to play?
You can stay active by joining a local sports team.
Start a new hobby
Knitting and gardening are not the only hobbies out there.
Have you always wanted to learn to play an instrument?
This is your chance. Learning something new creates new pathways in your brain and can contribute to your cognitive health.
With more people getting online and at older ages, there are people who will appreciate your perspective if you started a blog, YouTube channel or podcast!
Join or start your own book club
Love books? Join or start your own book club around a genre of books or just any type of book in general.
The conversations that are stimulated around reading books can be very stimulating.
These are just a handful of ideas for staying active as you age.
Did any one of these spark some ideas for you?
Share it with someone else looking to stay active as they age.