“Active” and “Successful” are terms often used along with aging, especially with the increased view of aging being a privilege and an opportunity to enjoy important golden years. But it can be hard for many seniors’ to truly enjoy aging, as concerns about health and memory loss loom in the back of their minds. With a few lifestyle habits and hobbies, you can thrive in your senior years, and make 70 the new 50.

Physical movement and exercise is one of the most important ways to stay sharp. While good for decreasing obesity, diabetes, memory issues, or other physical issues, physical activity has also been linked to a decreased risk of depression in seniors. Exercise doesn’t have to be long or rigorous, a walk around your neighborhood can be just as beneficial as running or swimming. Yoga, tai chi, ballroom dancing, and biking are all great activities worth giving a try. Regardless of the activity you do, anytime you throw on your sneakers and start moving, your body, and mind, will thank you.

Learning about new things that interest you is another great way to keep your brain functions sharp. There is never an age limit on learning, in fact many colleges offer senior discounts or the option to audit classes that are interesting to you. As you entire retirement, learning a new skill or language can be a great way to stay sharp and keep yourself entertained. Remember, if you use it, you don’t lose it!

Socialization is crucial to active and successful aging. As we age it can become easier to slip into isolation, especially after the pandemic. Friends move or pass away, and days can pass where you are home alone without anyone to talk to. Isolation such as this can lead to an increased chance of depression and memory issues. Active and intentional socialization is the best way to make sure you are not being isolated. Find friends that enjoy similar hobbies as you, have a coffee date at your home, or plan weekly trips out with your friends as the pandemic comes to an end.

As you retire, you open up a lot more time to explore hobbies and other opportunities you enjoy. However, unfilled free time can sometimes leave you feeling bored, depressed, and without a purpose. This is the perfect time to try out new hobbies, such as pottery or writing, or dive even deeper into a hobby you already enjoy. Travel is another fantastic perk of retirement. Make sure to hit the road and explore with your free time! You can go to local sites, take day trips, or plan exotic local excursions. Whatever travel you do, you will be getting physical exercise, learning something new, and meeting new faces; the perfect trifecta to keep you aging well!

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