Five Tips for Staying Active in Retirement

Jan 26, 2023

The new year is upon us, and for some, that means it’s time to get serious about exercising.

For seniors, staying active in retirement is more fun, more exciting, and has more health benefits than most people realize. In fact, as a resident of a senior living community, you always have access to exercise classes, learning opportunities, social connections, and activities both indoors and outdoors to keep you engaged every day.

Read on to learn five tips for staying active in retirement, including what you can look forward to in independent living at The Contemporary.

1. Work out in your residence.

Physical activity is a surefire way to keep yourself feeling younger and more active. Exercises involving your body weight and stretching are easy ways to maintain good health. At The Contemporary, we offer ways to stay fit, including chair yoga at home or at our fitness center. Aim to exercise two to five times per week for ten to 20 minutes to maintain physical health, with a focus on strength, balance and stretching.

Check out some of our favorite senior workouts.

2. Attend a wellness class in the fitness center.

Our independent living community features a state-of-the-art fitness center that prioritizes residents’ holistic wellness. You can take wellness-oriented courses, take advantage of the gym, or hire a personal trainer to work out those hard-to-reach muscles.

The Contemporary is here to support you – whatever your emotional or physical fitness goals are.

3. Consider joining or starting a walking group.

Another easy way to stay active during retirement is to start a walking group, “… which is among the most cost-effective and accessible means of exercise,” according to Psychology and Aging. If you’re a resident at The Contemporary, you can join one of our community’s walking clubs or explore the on-site walking paths by yourself.

4. Spend time with friends and family.

Visits from family and friends to our independent living residences provide seniors like you with new experiences and memories, helping to keep them more connected, grounded and happy. Your guests might enjoy playing in the game room, watching a movie in the theatre room, or making their favorite snacks, all of which can be enjoyed in your private residence or the wider community. Drop by the arts and crafts suite, book an appointment at our full-service salon and spa, or enjoy a delicious coffee at the Bistro.

5. Exercise the mind.

Though it might not seem obvious, maintaining the brain’s flexibility is one of the most beneficial exercises for seniors. At The Contemporary, we offer many opportunities to keep your mind elastic. Enjoy our arts and crafts suite, cozy library, game room, and activity and entertainment areas.

As we’ve explored, there are many different ways for seniors to keep their minds active and engaged, with emphasis on the importance of brain plasticity, socialization and wellness.

Discover the New Standard in Florida Senior Living.

At The Contemporary, we offer independent living for modern seniors looking for a fun and carefree retirement. Located in the heart of Miami, FL’s Westchester neighborhood, The Contemporary is part residence, part resort, and all you.

Learn more about our wellness-oriented services and amenities today.