Aging Well

From Our Partners — HumanaCare

Bridgitte McMullen, RPN/LPN | Nurse Care Specialist, Humanacare by CloudMD

Being active is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves as we age. It is one of the biggest components of maintaining independence and improving our health outcomes.

There are many ways to encourage being active, and finding something we love to do makes it even more achievable and enjoyable. When you are passionate about what you are doing, it’s easier to accomplish and make part of your regular habits.

Reflect on past interests. Remember back to what you enjoyed in your youth and early adulthood. Did you like to go hiking or play tennis? Knowing what you used to love makes it easier to choose activities that would interest you now.

Find activities that are fun. It goes without saying that if you enjoy it you will do it more regularly. If you like socializing, try activities that encourage group participation, like a group fitness or dance class. Look in your local area and see what fitness centres and dance studios have to offer. There are often classes catering to older adults.

Perhaps try out a new activity, such as pickleball — a combination of badminton, tennis, and table tennis all in one. Two to four people can play. The popularity of the sport has been attributed to the ease of understanding. It has a low start-up cost and is appealing to various ages and fitness levels. If pickleball doesn’t interest you, try yoga or aqua aerobics.

Set manageable goals and celebrate accomplishments. By accomplishing small goals, you will start to cultivate feelings of self-confidence, a sense of purpose, and pride. And don’t forget to cheer for yourself and your peers; laughter and camaraderie are some of the best medicines in life.

There are so many ways to get involved and to enjoy life in retirement. From travelling to more quality time spent with friends and family, or maybe just enjoying the serenity of your own space and yard. Whichever way you decide to spend your golden years, don’t be afraid to get out there and try new things, and old things. Try that new technology you have heard about. Or the paint class you have always wanted to take. Whatever you do, be fearless and “Just do it.”