that Won’t Quit’
by Nancy Stafford
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For we Baby Boomers, the definition for “retired” is getting active. We are called the generation that won’t quit, and
there are good reasons that we earned that nickname.
We hit 50+, and we take up tennis, train for marathons and
enter golf tournaments. We were just waiting for time. Now is
our time to have fun. We are flocking in ever-greater numbers
to communities that offer amenities that either suit our current
interests or offer activities we would like to try.
Look around, and you will see people who are enjoying the
tennis courts, walking trails, equestrian activities, swimming
pools and yoga classes.
Once the directed activities are over, they gather in small
groups talking about the activity. It all seems very simple.
They have shared experiences that draw them together and
give them topics for conversations. These are friendships in
Keeping active makes you feel physically good. More than
just having fun, there is scientific evidence that activity is good
for you. According to a January 2010 article in Time Magazine,
a series of independently conducted studies showed that
staying active helps maintain good health and may delay or
prevent the onset of chronic diseases such as heart disease,
osteoarthritis and dementia.
Best of all, this study showed that regular exercise might
even help improve our memories. Women who weight-trained
for the yearlong study showed improved cognitive memory
and learning. They also improved their decision-making and
conflict resolution abilities by 12. 6 percent. Also, they increased
their walking speed. Faster walking speed is often used as an
indication of overall health and vitality. It is also linked to
Join that swim club. Learn to ride that horse. Play in that
tournament. Learn to quilt. Visit the wood shop. And, remember
where you put your glasses! |