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Which Sport Should You Take Up After You Retire

Retirement doesn't (and shouldn't) mean you have to stop having fun think of it as a new window of opportunity; the next chapter in your life so to speak

Many people find a whole new lease of life upon retiring, making them keen to try new things and get out and enjoy themselves. Whether that's by making new friends, travelling the world, or just getting in some me-time, there's a lot of fun to be had when you're retired.

Of course, it's also important to maintain a healthy weight and good level of fitness. That doesn't mean you should be in the gym every day doing press ups or lifting weights. A little bit of regular exercise offers great health benefits.

Why should I exercise?

There are many benefits of exercise after retirement, including:

- Stress-relief

If you've been used to working a nine to five day your whole life, it can be difficult to switch off and just stop. Many people can feel anxious and stressed when their working life comes to an end and exercise can provide a healthy relief for that.

- Energy boost

Exercise can also give you plenty more energy which is ideal if you're leading an active social life and are constantly on the go.

- Mood boost

You may already be aware that exercise is great for boosting your mood that's on account of all of those endorphins (feel good hormones).

- Weight management

It can be all too easy to pile on the pounds once you stop working. A lazy morning here and a lavish fry up there can make you feel a little heavier than you're used to. Regular exercise will help you manage your weight and reduce the risk of weight-related illnesses.

Lower blood pressure

Exercise is good for lowering your blood pressure, reducing your risk of coronary heart disease as well as osteoporosis (brittle bones).

- Better balance

Your balance and coordination will improve with regular exercise, lowering your risk of painful falls.

- Make new friends

You may also find that you make some new friends from exercising giving you further opportunity to be social.

Which sports are best for me?

As we mentioned earlier, lifting heavy weights and holding the record for the most press ups in a minute is not so important when you're at retirement age. We've listed five sports and their benefits below:

1. Swimming

Benefit: Great for general fitness levels and can help to reduce your risk of illnesses, such as strokes, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

2. Dance

Benefit: Good for meeting new people and making new friends; doesn't feel like exercise so ideal for people who have never really been a fan of sport.

3. Walking

Benefit: Join a walkers association and make some new friends. There will be walks for all abilities, helping to maintain your fitness level and keep you mobile.

4. Nordic walking

Benefit: Ideal for those with back or joint problems, Nordic walking uses poles to help support your weight.

5. Strength training

Benefit: good for preventing osteoporosis as it keeps your bones strong and healthy. Also helps to speed up your metabolism so will burn calories.

NB: It is important to speak to your GP before undertaking new exercise for the first time.

Which new sport are you most looking forward to doing when you retire?

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