As we approach retirement, it is important that we understand about preparing a thorough strategy to ensure we live a good quality of life in our retirement. Your retirement living shouldn’t just be about money and superannuation, though these are obviously very important.
Make sure you are also planning on how you’ll look after your physical, social and emotional well-being in retirement, as well as how you’re going to keep your mind active and goals that you’d like to achieve to stay motivated:
1. Think Health Not Wealth
More than 80% of today’s retirees say health is the most important ingredient for a happy retirement, meaning that the majority value good health even over financial security.
So, the best retirement plan involves not just your finances but also ways to stay mentally and physically healthy. Gardening, walking, joining a gym, eating healthy are all proven ways to stay physically healthy. Staying vital, having a purpose and challenging yourself mentally are great ways to maintain your mental health.
2. Make Exercise Fun in Retirement
Try making exercise something you look forward to instead of something you have to do. Instead of walking (trudging) on a treadmill, take walks through the park or go for mini hikes. Still does not appeal to you? Why not listen to music or — better yet — bring a friend along and talk and laugh as you get the heart rate going.
3. Be Social
You may be retired, but working on creating and maintaining friendships is one of your most important “jobs” as a retired person. Research abounds on the benefits of being social as we age. The links between healthy social relationships and better health are well established.
4. Get a Dog
The research on the benefits of owning a dog is pretty overwhelming. Beyond emotional benefits like their unconditional love of us, one study found that dog owners need fewer doctor visits. Another study from Australia found that pet owners had lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and a lower heart attack risk than people without pets.
Other research has suggested that caring for a dog, in particular, is healthful in that it keeps us vital and generally insures that we get a walk every day.
5. Research the Best Places to Retire and Go There
New lists about the best places to retire are common. While it is possible that you already live in the best place for you, it is also possible that there is a better place for your retirement. Best of all, relocating may give you more money for retirement expenses if you manage to downsize or move to a more economical location.
Retirement doesn’t have to mean that you’ll stay in the same house where you’ve always lived. Downsizing can free up your time. And moving to a 55+ community can surround you with like-minded people with similar interests. There’s less home maintenance, too.
At Halliday Shores Retirement Village we care about your health and well-being. At our over 55s community, we have 5 star facilities including 25 metre heated swimming pool, gym, The Shores Club and a range of regular arts and crafts classes. We offer luxury independent retirement living but with ageing support if you need it.