Retirement can signal the end of stressful workdays, but this doesn’t mean that once you retire you should stop staying active. People who are retired are often at risk for developing more health issues since their activity levels tend to drop dramatically, according to a USA Today article that describes the importance of keeping up strength and mobility throughout the golden years. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways in which senior citizens can stay active and mobile in order to keep the mind and body functioning well. In addition to utilizing chiropractic care on a regular basis, there are some vital steps a senior citizen can take to extend the benefits of chiropractic care beyond the clinic.
Setting some sort of exercise goal is key to staying fit. Even if you suffer from arthritis or another pain-related condition, you should strive to make small goals when it comes to staying active. Even something as simple as going on a 20-minute walk once a day can be beneficial enough to increase circulation, lower blood pressure, and improve mood. If you have the ability to engage in exercises of a higher intensity, then by all means aim to work out at least 30 minutes a day, three times a week. Alternatively, you may prefer to sign up for dance lessons, or to start up a weekly tennis match with friends. These are all great ways to stay active, stimulate your mind, and improve your social circle.
Stretching is another great way to keep your joints and muscles loose yet strong. Start off each morning by doing some simple stretches of the lower back, hamstrings, and arms in order to improve flexibility and even reduce any physical pain you may be experiencing as a result of stiff muscles or joints.
Daily stretches and low-impact exercises will coincide with regular chiropractic adjustments to the spine in order to keep the entire body healthy, active, and strong. Feel free to consult with a chiropractor at your nearest The Joint Chiropractic for further suggestions on how you can stay healthy after retirement.
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