How Latinos Can Stay Active During Retirement

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SaludToday Guest Blogger
Jim Vogel
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Physical activity plays a huge role in mental health, particularly as you age. Though aging takes a toll on your body, it’s no excuse to become sedentary. Aging does not prevent exercise; it simply means you need to find new ways to do it. Here are a few ways Latinos  can stay active and keep their minds healthy during retirement.

Daily or Weekly Walking Groups

A popular way for seniors to exercise is joining walking groups. Seniors that live close together can get together and schedule regular neighborhood strolls. These walks are a great reason to leave the home and be social.

Studies are finding that morning walks are extremely beneficial for mental health while the group aspect is perfect for seniors who often struggle to find ways to socialize. Though it doesn’t replace a full gym workout, it’s a good alternative for seniors who may not be as able-bodied as they once were.

Swim Aerobics Classes

Swimming is a low-impact form of exercise that is ideal for aging joints. It builds muscle and improves flexibility. Joining a swim aerobics class at the local pool offers more incentive to leave the home and is a good opportunity to get to know classmates. Of course, the mental and physical benefits of swimming alone cannot be ignored. Simply keeping the body healthy is a good way to maintain the health of the mind.

Returning to Work

Working during retirement can seem counterintuitive, but in actuality, holding down a part-time job can be very beneficial for seniors. You will be able to keep your mind sharp with the demands of employment and socialize with coworkers and customers.

Tai Chi Classes

Tai Chi is a very low-demand form of exercise that works to incorporate the mind as well as the body. This Eastern tradition has risen in popularity for Western seniors because it focuses on balance. Building the sense of balance and the muscles involved is a good preventative measure against falls. Furthermore, these courses are often held outside in the fresh air with your peers.

Bowling Leagues

Bowling is a fun way to exercise and be social. Regardless of the season or weather, bowling is accessible and inexpensive. Bowling is great for improving arm and core strength, as well as helping to maintain hand-eye coordination.

Finding ways to exercise as a senior can seem difficult at first. In actuality, there are innumerable ways to keep yourself both social and active as you enter your golden years.

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