Diet, exercise and brain exercises in retirement. Let’s be up front, once you retire you let all three slide. Diet pretty much goes out the window, all this free time, eat what and when you want. The problem found by many is your activity level has reduced from day to day work related exercise to walking the dog, general out and about activities like shopping, walking to the fridge for more food, walking to the fridge for another drink, shaking your fist at the TV, you get the idea. There is no directed exercise to offset the change in your eating habits.
So, what do you do, let’s take a look. Do you like going to the gym, sweating on machines, making up a routine, spending an inordinate amount of time wondering if what you’re doing is right or effective. An hour goes by, you hit the sauna or hot tub, pack up and go home. Repeat, repeat, repeat till the excuses not go win out and you’re back walking the dog.
Of course, if you like the gym and it works for you, great. I think for the majority it doesn’t work and that leaves the gap between activity and diet.
What do I do. First, I believe that any routine or habit has to enjoyable on some level or you simply won’t do it. Second, all routine must be repeated over 20 days to become a habit, making this a little easier for you. Believing the enjoyability factor I have a Wii system with fitness board. I also have Wii Sports, Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sport Resort. Using these “games” I do stepping, ski jump, bike riding, running, tennis, bowling and boxing. To increase the impact or intensity level I have arm and ankle weights that are strapped on. Many of these activities I play right than left handed to ensure both arms are worked out. Fit Plus has a number of balance routines that I have tried but never took to, they might work for you.
My routine takes 40 to 50 minutes and I find it fun and interesting. I have tried the majority of workouts on all the discs many I liked and many I didn’t like. If I don’t like them, I don’t do them, simple as that.
I drink lots during my routine and feel satisfied when it is done. Quick, easy and fun.
This does not complete my daily routine however. I also have a Lumosity account that I also do daily. I highly recommend this activity and feel it really does make a difference for your mind or brain. Sounds weird I know but I have been using it for a couple years now and I really feel it keeps me sharper. Try it, sign up, complete the exam and let the software select “games” for you to reach the areas you want to improve, memory, names, reaction time, whatever you want to improve. Lumosity sets up 5 activities every 24 hours and you can end after that. Of course, if you wish to work further you can, but the main “exercise” daily take 10 to 15 minutes only.
I look at my routine like this, hey this may not be the impact level that is recommended for my age group, but I feel improvement, it’s not an overly time intensive commitment, mostly it’s fun and I like it. After all, I have believed for years, it’s certainly better than nothing.
Thanks for reading.