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Enjoying retirement: activities to keep you young at heart (and brain)

Enjoying retirement

September 27, 2013

You’ve put in long hours in the office over the years and have worked hard to build a nest egg. Now it’s time to sit back and relax, right? Well, not so fast. While retirement is a time to slow down, there is an upside to staying both mentally and physically active. In fact, studies show that people who continue to participate in stimulating activities later in life have fewer illnesses and injuries. Here are a few ways how to keep your brain waves active and body in tip-top shape in your golden years.

Parlez-vous francais? 

Whether you’ve always wanted to study Mandarin or you’re fascinated with French, learning a foreign language is an excellent way to keep your mind sharp. In fact, researchers have discovered that learning a second language can improve decision-making skills, stave off dementia and may even make you better at speaking English. 
Speak in bits and bytes. You’re never too old to improve your computer literacy. More than simply machines for crunching numbers and sending emails, computers are powerful tools for creativity and communication. Visit your local library to find out about free courses or enroll in a college course to get your skills up to speed.

Join a walking club. 

You may not have the stamina for a marathon but that’s no excuse to become inactive. Enrolling in a walking club is one way to meet new friends, clear your mind and get back in touch with nature. And then there are the countless health benefits, which include strengthening your bones, improving your balance and enhancing your mood. In fact, walking has even been proven to help prevent or manage heart disease and high blood pressure. 

Volunteer your time.

These days, there’s no shortage of places to volunteer your time. Hospitals, churches, classrooms – chances are, they’re looking for helping hands for a few hours a week. While volunteering in your community can help you stay socially engaged, it’s also a prime opportunity to learn new skills and give back to your community. 

Take some time to think about how you’ll stay engaged during your golden years, and then take the steps to make it a reality.