Category Archives: Active Lifestyle

Whitewater Thrills at Royal Gorge

Adrenaline junkies and thrill-seekers craving a taste of adventure guaranteed to take their breath away will find it on the whitewater terrain of Royal Gorge. It’s time to cross it off the bucket list, and grab a paddle because with names like Sledgehammer, and Boat Eater, these exhilarating rapids are not for the faint of heart. Located an hour from Colorado Springs, and two hours from Denver, this stretch of the Arkansas River is a spectacular destination for outdoor enthusiasts to get friends together and let nature take care of the rest.

Royal Gorge is designed for hardcore whitewater adventurers with class III-V rapids taking them on a wild ride through Colorado’s incredible scenery, with views of the area’s wildlife from the peregrine falcon to the majestic black bear. The gorge sits 1,000 feet below awe-inspiring cliffs, and spans nearly 1,000 feet in width, passing through the historic Royal Gorge Railroad, and Royal Gorge Bridge for 10 miles of sheer excitement. For those preferring a more low key rafting experience, Big Horn Sheep Canyon is ideal for beginners, and families with grade II-III rapids to navigate through passages at a lesser intensity. Whichever rafting immersion one chooses, the spirit of the wild flows through every wave, and around every corner.

Working Beyond Retirement Reaps Big Rewards

The baby boomer generation has work experience down to a science, and a dedication that employers are hard pressed to find these days. For many older adults, the idea of retiring is a far distant notion, and companies are more than happy to keep these loyal, and seasoned veterans on staff to teach their youngsters a thing or two. According to the JP Morgan Chase Institute, the number of boomers working past the age of 65 is on the rise whether it’s out of economic necessity or they just love what they do, and this trend isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

Employees willing to put in the time without counting down to the happy hour are hard to come by. Companies are seeing the value of mature workers, and the dedication, and integrity they’re bringing to the table. Another bonus to hiring empty nesters is they don’t have young kids to shuttle to baseball practice with greater flexibility in their schedules, and a desire to give it their all. These employees have a passion to continue growing in their careers, with a determination to help their companies thrive.

Overture Kierland Coming to Scottsdale 2018!

An overture defines a beginning, a start of something, and for residents of Overture Kierland, it’s the first part of living the carefree lifestyle they’ve always dreamed of. The sun-drenched city of Scottsdale, Arizona will soon be home to the luxurious, age restricted community of Overture Kierland. Near Scottsdale Promenade, and Kierland Commons, this prime location will have everything active adults could ever need right at their fingertips. This vibrant rental community will feature 171 maintenance-free apartment homes and an exhaustive list of exciting upscale amenities

The unique Soul program provides convenient services, and opportunities for Boomers to connect, and savor a carefree lifestyle. With home maintenance providing peace of mind, Lyft transportation services, and complimentary, delicious Sunday brunches, Overture Kierland inspires a resort style experience. The amenities offered are virtually limitless and embrace whole body health from the Flex fitness center, Namaste yoga studio, and nutritional education, to fueling the mind with computer software classes that prove to learn something new is ageless. Residents will have a full social calendar with the book, and crafting clubs, cooking classes, happy hour, and an on-site salon to try a new look! Overture Kierland approaches active adult living in a way that sparks creativity and brings people closer together.

Dive Into This Total Body Workout

Ever notice that swimming pools seem to always be on the menu of community amenities? You’ll find resort style pools with cabanas, Olympic-style pools, and heated indoor versions all designed to relax, refresh, and give you a great workout! Active adults will be glad to know there’s no need to hit the ground running to build muscle, burn calories, and squeeze in the recommended 150 minutes of weekly cardio activity. Swimming not only gets the heart pumping but also provides older adults a joint friendly, low-impact way to lose weight.

According to Active.com, 30 minutes of consistent swimming equates to 45 minutes of regular exercise with water resistance providing an additional challenge. Orthopedic physicians routinely prescribe aquatic therapy for everything from back pain to joint injuries touting the protective benefits that water has on joint mobility. At Texas Orthopedic Hospital, pool therapy is noted to reduce swelling, help with balance, and improve strength, and flexibility. 55+ communities have caught onto the healing benefits of water exercise with many offering on-site classes designed to help active adults of all fitness levels feel energized, and move with more freedom. Kings Point Suncoast Communities in Florida provide residents with invigorating water workout classes geared towards improving range of motion both gently, and effectively.

Unforgettable Bike Tour Destinations

Forget about crowded tour buses, and car rental counters because discovering exciting destinations on two wheels is how active adults are seeing the world. Bike tours are gaining in popularity with boomers who crave the exhilaration of the open road, and the experience of exploring new cities in a way that car travel or walking tours can’t touch. Whether it’s a solo trip or joining a tour group, cycling is a low-impact way to sneak in some cardio and pursue your next adventure. The hardest part? Deciding which bike friendly city to explore first!

Amsterdam
Home to over 800,000 bicycles and a massive network of bike paths, the experience of cycling through Amsterdam is like the Dutch version of the Autobahn. Whether it’s riding through the tulip studded countryside, or touring the city’s iconic landmarks, most locals would agree getting around on a bike is the only way to go. With over a dozen bike tour companies, active adults can pedal their way through Amsterdam’s rich culture with a variety of options from private, and multi-day tours, to party, and even brewery tours.

Williams Mill Coming Soon to Music City!

In Nashville, Tennessee, Southern heritage runs deep, scenic beauty is everywhere, and affordable living makes it an idyllic place to call home. 55+ homebuyers will soon have even more to love with the new community of Williams Mill beginning construction in 2018. Since 1983, Nashville-based builder Goodall Homes has focused on designing homes with unique features that cater to what buyers want, in a location that’s hard to beat. Empty nesters and retirees will not only enjoy endless entertainment, and recreation, but Nashville’s tax friendly economy, and reasonable cost of living appeals to budget-conscious baby boomers.

Williams Mill will have 125 single story courtyard cottages priced from the $300’s that boast intimate outdoor spaces where residents can take advantage of Nashville’s moderate year round weather in the privacy of their own retreat setting. With approximately 1,475 square feet of spacious living area and a two-car garage, buyers will find innovative features including zero-step entries, and wide doorways designed to accommodate residents, and guests of all ages. This low maintenance, age restricted neighborhood will provide a peer community atmosphere along with gracious lifestyle amenities including a clubhouse, walking trails, and a community garden.

The Health Trend You Won’t Find In a Bottle

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but could the key to good health be where you live? Feeling your best in everything you do extends beyond the hours you’re putting in at the gym. Longevity and vitality is a lifestyle rather than a health fad, and while juice cleanses, and superfoods are fabulous, experiencing mind-body health is one that 55+ communities have made their core focus. Anyone who’s researched this neighborhood turned “wellness retreats” has probably noticed a common thread of buzzwords like active, socially engaged, and connected. From the simplistic to the most opulent communities, most would agree that retirement isn’t being done sitting down.

Time, and time again, studies have proven the healing benefits of healthy social relationships, and how they improve everything from cardiovascular health to depression. Active adult communities are specifically designed to bring neighbors together through social clubs, events, and competitive games. The peer community atmosphere is ideal for singles to meet new people, and reduce feelings of loneliness. One resident said that since her move, life had become more socially enhanced, and she even became a cookie delivering member of the welcoming committee. These communities foster a no pressure approach to getting out there by offering activities to suit any lifestyle.

Experience the Magic of Old Pueblo

For the love of all things outdoors, with a nest egg friendly economy, one city has topped the charts as one of the best retirement destinations by Forbes, and AARP. Tucson, Arizona made the honor roll for boomers, and retirees boasting affordability, quality medical care, and exciting outdoor recreation. While most people associate Arizona with arid desert, and record heat, Tucson captivates with its mystical saguaro studded landscape, and spectacular rugged wilderness, to inspire a spirit of adventure.

With roots in the mining industry, and a rich cultural heritage from its Native American traditions to Spanish influences, Tucson brings the Old West to the modern age with historic attractions, and landmarks paired with high-end shopping centers, casinos, and wellness spas. Whether it’s watching the sun rise over the Sonoran Desert while taking an invigorating hike, or mountain biking through one five mountain ranges, active adults will find Tucson an amazing place to explore the outdoors and nurture a healthy lifestyle. Over forty golf courses from the Gallery Golf Club to the elite Omni Tucson National Golf Club are certain to challenge, and delight golf enthusiasts of all levels with beautiful views, and resort-style settings.