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Retirement | Life Starts at 60


The Golden Years E


Retirement is an exciting time when you can rediscover interests that your career left you with no time to pursue, or even seek out new hobbies.


mbarking on any new chapter of life is exciting, particularly when you reach the long-awaited


retirement years. If you are in search of some inspiration for new activities to try out, here are some great tips from Dr Chris …


Get Active Plenty of gyms and health centres


around the country offer tailored fitness classes for seniors. The most popular courses are yoga, Tai Chi and water aerobics. You may be surprised to learn that even your local library may host fitness classes or excursions, including walks. The average price for a senior membership at a gym is


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usually 75 percent less than a regular membership.


A Breath of Fresh Air Not only is gardening a brilliant


way to lose unwanted calories, it is also a relaxing hobby that can be enjoyed outside in the fresh air. As well as plants and flowers, growing your own herbs and vegetables is a satisfying way to fill your time and re-discover your green fingers.


Cooking Up a Storm Embracing your inner chef will not


only satisfy your own appetite, but also the taste buds of your loved ones and friends. Even if a busy job left you with no time for cooking, retirement is the perfect time to learn. Picking up a cookbook that peaks your interest can open up many different possibilities for meals, and also creates a good excuse to get your family round for dinner.


Helping Others Non-profit organisations are


always on the lookout for volunteers to help keep their charity or organisation ticking over, from working in a charity shop to cleaning beaches. Therefore, if you still want


to be stimulated through a sense of work then perhaps this could be for you. Visit www.volunteering.org.uk to learn which organisation appeals to you.


Jet Setting If you haven’t had the privilege of


travelling the world, then retirement offers the perfect opportunity to visit new places and experience different cultures. Many travel companies offer packages for seniors which mean you will get the most out of the experience for an affordable price. Alternatively, organising an overseas trip for yourself would provide stimulation and fulfilment. Elder Treks is a fantastic website to use when organising your exotic adventures because they cater especially for travellers aged 50+. With tours in every continent, there will be something there for everyone. 


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Dr Chris says … “Activities like water


aerobics are known to reduce stress and increase metabolism.”


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