Staying Active After 55


As you get older, it can be difficult to stay active. Fortunately, there are active adult communities that encourage recreation and fitness for adults 55 and older.

When looking for a new home, here are answers to a few questions you may have about living in a community that doesn’t believe you should slow down simply because of your age.

Why is it important to stay active?

The changes that come later in life— retirement, isolation and medical problems— can lead to depression. Studies have shown that the more active you are, physically, socially, and mentally, the better you will feel. Active adult communities provide residents with new ways to enjoy life and help foster fresh lifestyle changes.

How much exercise do adults need as they get older?

No matter your age or health conditions, all adults need some form of regular exercise. It’s encouraged to work out a minimum of two hours and thirty minutes a week with some form of brisk walking as well as muscle-strengthening activities. This can include weight lifting, yoga, and even gardening.

What sort of amenities should I look for when house hunting?

Living in a community that has a walking trail, tennis court, fitness center, and/or golf courses makes it easier to take advantage of the outdoors— especially if all these amenities are located in your backyard. Active communities are also ideal for those who would like to surround themselves with like-minded individuals who want to motivate one another to take full advantage of life.  

What other ways can I stay active?

It’s important to not only keep physically active, but also mentally sharp. One simple way you can do this is through the popular memory app, Luminosity. Described as the “gym for your brain,” users will improve by working core cognitive abilities. Another way you can stay active is by eating healthy. Studies have suggested that diet is one of the important contributors to longevity and a healthy life. 

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