I’ve gained weight since retiring – all that socializing is doing it.

Have you heard this from friends and other retirees?  “I don’t understand why I keep gaining weight since I retired.  I have a very active social life”. It’s been proven than socialization is very important for cognitive health and general well-being as we retire.  However, be mindful that we don’t equate this socialization with a substitution for good healthy habits, like exercise and diet.  Those lunches and dinners out, not to mention the afternoon cocktails are all great for enjoying friends and each other – but try to add in some activity as well.

Here is a great quote from an article in Healthline titled What Really Matters in Life? Thoughts from People over 90.

“What motivates me? Doing work I love to do. I still work. Young people, kids (the smaller they are, the better), they motivate me. Don’t overeat; no snacking before bed. And go to the gym. I go Monday, Wednesday, and Friday — Saturday and Sunday, too.”   – Lyle Marty, age 93

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Great Advice! My husband and I use to go to the gym (in a place we lived previously) at 5:30 am for a morning spin class before work – we were still in our late 40’s early 50’s.  In the gym were the spin class participants (maybe 10 of us on a good day) and a group of retirees.  These retirees met every day for at least an hour or more – they were there working out when we arrived for class and were still there after we were finished.  They worked out and then stayed and “socialized” over coffee when they were done.  This started out their day, both with exercise AND socialization.  Yeah for them!

How can you blend socialization with activity?  This might even give you a new circle of friends as well!!!  Think about it and give it a try…

Author: turning60andbeyond

Sandi Feaster is a registered nurse and health educator. She has worked in the corporate world as well as taken care of people with chronic health conditions. Sandi is convinced that we can improve our lives by educating ourselves and learning how we can curate the life we want. It may seem simple, but exercise and eating healthy food is the foundation of a longer, healthier and engaged life.

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