Life After Retirement: Staying Active
In retirement, you gain both the flexibility of choosing the activities you want to participate in and the time to do them. There are endless options for active adults. We’ve curated a few of our favorites to show you how residents of Del Webb communities stay active in retirement.
According to the most recent annual study by the National Golf Foundation, 35% of the nearly 25 million reported golfers in the United States in 2014 were over the age of 50. It is the perfect marriage of relaxing sport and effective form of exercise, especially if you walk the course. Del Webb residents love the convenience of having a beautiful, challenging home course right where they live.
Though it has been around since the ‘60s, this fun game with a funny name has seen a surge in its popularity in recent years. Players use rackets that are similar to oversized table tennis paddles to volley a wiffle ball back-and-forth over a low net. Part badminton, part tennis, Pickleball® is enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels.
As relaxing as it can be, swimming is also an effective, calorie-burning form of exercise. It targets the whole body including arms, legs, core, and back, while providing a great aerobic workout. Thanks to the buoyancy of water, swimming is low impact on the joints, making it a favorite among those with arthritis and anyone who deals with joint pain. If you have yet to learn, swimming lessons are readily available for beginners of all ages.
Gardening is a popular hobby that also provides a relaxing form of exercise. Time spent outdoors taking care of flowers or vegetable beds is time spent enjoying fresh air and sunshine. This moderate form of activity is customizable based on your skill level and what you enjoy, from planting a mailbox garden to tending a few containers on the lanai. Gardening may be the only form of exercise that helps to beautify your surroundings while keeping you active.
Staying active is about more than just physical activity. Social gatherings like book clubs and civic organizations help to keep you mentally sharp and regularly engaged with your friends and neighbors. These are fine options for everyone, including those with limited mobility.