When you envision your life after retirement, what do you see? Most people want to live a healthy, active life and be able to enjoy all the activities they didn’t have time for during their working years. Unfortunately, with all the pressures and stress we face on a daily basis, many people find themselves entering retirement but not being healthy enough to enjoy it.
Fortunately, there are some lifestyle changes you can make now that will help you retire in great physical condition, so that you can spend your retirement doing things on your terms instead of being held back by illness.
If you’re a smoker, the most important thing you can do is stop smoking. Smoking has potentially devastating long-term effects on your health, including cancer, emphysema, and heart disease. If you stop smoking now, not only will you reduce your chances of facing these diseases when you’re older, you’ll enjoy health benefits now, too.
Eating a healthy diet is also essential, not only for your well-being now, but in terms of your longevity. When you’re in the middle of life’s pressures, it can be hard to avoid the drive-thru and focus on eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, but the payoffs are immeasurable. Consistently eating food that’s good for your body can help control your weight and minimize your risk of developing a whole host of health problems.
Plus you feel better when you eat well.
Exercise is another key to long-term health. Getting adequate aerobic and weight-bearing exercise helps you reduce stress, manage your weight, and can help you avoid depression. Combined with a healthy diet, it can help ward off all kinds of health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.
If you pay at least as much attention to your health as you do to your financial goals, you’ll likely arrive at retirement age in great shape to enjoy everything that you’ve worked so hard to achieve.