Retirement

Retirement is a time for relaxing and enjoying life after all those years of hard work. Your health is your most important asset during retirement and a healthy lifestyle is key to maintaining good physical and mental wellbeing. Here are some tips on healthy eating and being active so you can get the most out of those work free days!

Enjoy a varied and balanced diet

You will probably have more time to cook and enjoy food. Eating a balanced diet which includes different types of foods gives you all the nutrients you require. For more information on what a healthy diet is check out the Food Pyramid in the Republic of Ireland and the Eatwell Plate in Northern Ireland .

an elderly couple enjoy breakfastThere are many benefits to keeping a healthy balanced diet during retirement. It helps to:

Keep active

On retirement some people miss the routine of work. Organising a daily physical activity schedule might be a way of putting routine back in your life.

Aim for being active at least 30 minutes on 5 days. It is never too late to start getting physical activity. If you have been inactive for a while it is important to build it up over time. Walking, dancing, cycling, swimming and household chores all count.

For more information on different activities go to Get A life, Get Active in NI and Get Ireland Active in ROI.

There are many benefits to keeping active during retirement

  • an elderly couple gardeningYou will feel better
  • Have stronger heart and lungs
  • Reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Improved overall fitness and energy levels
  • Better quality sleep
  • Stronger bones
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased stress
  • Reduced risk of chronic disease

Keep a healthy weight

As we get older we sometimes find that we’ve gained a few extra pounds. Eating a healthy balanced diet and being physically active helps us achieve a healthier weight.

Check if you need to lose weight at Stop the Spread. For specific food and activity advice on losing weight visit Weigh2Live

a doctor inspects an elderly ladyConsider a health check

There is no harm in knowing what your blood pressure and cholesterol levels are. Consider a visit to your GP for a health check. It may help motivate you to make changes to your lifestyle.