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Don’t Just Sit There… Do Something

Image Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

I believe one of the biggest misconceptions about retirement is that it is a time to sit back and do nothing.  This is a very dangerous idea.  Let me tell you why.

One of the most important things we can do throughout our lives is move.  I’m not talking about extreme workouts at the gym — just doing something to get our bodies moving.  Get up out of the chair at least once an hour and just stretch or walk around a little.  Instead of spending break time glued the phone, go outside and get some fresh air.

The more we sit the more difficult and painful moving can become.  But then when we decide we are going to move, we tend to overdo so it becomes more difficult and painful to move making it less likely we will do it again.  Thus the cycle begins.

I am always shocked when I hear someone say “I walked enough when I was younger.  I don’t want to now.  I’m retired.”  Of course that is their choice, but it is a choice they will pay for with decreased mobility, increased pain and of course medical bills.

In addition to moving our bodies it is important to keep our minds active.  Talk to interesting people,  learn something new,  start a new career or a hobby, play games, volunteer in your community.

Begin building healthy habits early in life then don’t stop when you retire.  Don’t just sit there, do something!  It’s never too early and it’s never to late.

 

If you could move anywhere…

English: Alaska Railroad train
English: Alaska Railroad train (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

… where would it be?  If money and distance were no object where would you go?  Would your choice be different if there were limitations?

Bob and I think about this now in deciding where to live in retirement.  This is more difficult than you would think.  Bob says his no limits choice would be New Zealand, I think mine would be Alaska.  But there are limits and our first choice turned out to be not so good for us.  So we’re back to the drawing board, trying to regroup and start making this about getting out of the city and having fun.  Day and overnight trips here we come!

Where would you go if you could live anywhere?  Have fun with this and let me hear from you.