Main­tain­ing your fit­ness and health af­ter re­tire­ment

No mat­ter how hard we try or how much money we spend on try­ing to de­lay the process, the sim­ple fact of the mat­ter is we all get old.

Central Otago Mirror - - AGEING GRACEFULLY -

How­ever, be­fore you de­cide that time has fi­nally caught up with you and the only thing left to do is ac­cept the in­evitable, one can main­tain a rea­son­able level of fit­ness and health long af­ter they have re­tired from the work­force. It’s all a mat­ter of per­spec­tive and in that re­gard - adopt­ing a pos­i­tive, can do at­ti­tude. Many older folk find gar­den­ing both re­me­dial and ther­a­peu­tic. With sum­mer still hov­er­ing for a wee while yet, there has never been a bet­ter time to tackle some of those less ar­du­ous out­door ac­tiv­i­ties round the home. An hour or two in the garden whether it be veg­etable or flower or a com­bi­na­tion of both not only gets you out in the fresh air the end re­sult can be quite stim­u­lat­ing es­pe­cially if de­cide to give your sec­tion a real makeover. It’s amaz­ing how quickly you can trans­form what used to be a rather

Get­ting to­gether with friends on a reg­u­lar ba­sis is good for the soul and also keeps you up to speed with what’s go­ing

on in the neigh­bour­hood.

un­sightly mess into a garden to be proud of and at a min­i­mal cost too save for your labour. It’s a fair bet that you have a cir­cle of friends who you could swap plants with and if you en­ter­tain ideas of a larger garden project like build­ing a sun deck, garden trel­lis or re­sow­ing a lawn then chances are you will be able to call on their ser­vices to get the job done be­fore au­tumn ar­rives. And it’s with that in mind that a large num­ber of re­tired folk en­joy play­ing lawn or in­door bowls, join walking clubs, at­tend­ing Se­nior Net classes to learn more about how com­put­ers work and what they can of­fer by means of in­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion with fam­ily and friends in other parts of the coun­try or overseas or of­fer their ser­vices on a vol­un­tary ba­sis to var­i­ous sports clubs or char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions. Not only does the above of­fer the op­por­tu­nity to meet oth­ers with sim­i­lar in­ter­ests it also gives you a rea­son for stay­ing on top of things health­wise.

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