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Keeping Fit Beyond Middle Age

Life, as it approaches the 55+ mark, leads to giving up on various activities, including working full time.  While retirement is part and parcel to life, it is meant to give you more time for doing things you want to do but never had the free time for.  While you may be letting go of certain routines, you should never give up your fitness routine.  Hitting the 55+ mark means you may not any longer be vigorously training 2 hours a day!  Yet, you still need to exercise so that you stay fit and trim.  You may not have had time to exercise with your busy schedule before.  However, now that you have the time in your retired life, it is suggested that you to carve out some time for exercise so that you can live beyond your middle age keeping fit as a fiddle.

Why Choose an Age Restricted Community?

Sun City Arizona was the country’s first 55+ community and has since inspired the development of active adult communities coast to coast. While some residents are retirees, many are on the go baby boomers still working a 9-5 job, and seeking the active lifestyle, and amenities many communities provide. With the focus on a healthy, social lifestyle, calling them “senior” living communities might get you a few eye rolls since many resemble a resort getaway, they’re more like a 24/7 vacation.

According to the Housing for Older Persons Act or HOPA, eighty percent of units within an age-restricted community must be occupied by someone 55+ or better. Some communities set their minimum age requirement at 60+ which they are welcome to do so long as they satisfy HOPA regulations. Depending on the community, there is often a limit to how long younger visitors can stay so keeping the grandkids all summer might be an issue.

Baby Boomers Know What They Want in a Home

Baby boomers at present do not want to “settle” for ANY retirement home.  55+-year-olds of today know what they are looking for in a retirement home and will not rest until they have it.  Today’s empty nesters represent the Baby boomer generation and they have exacting standards and their own idealistic views of life.  They are not a generation that will settle for less than what they deem as their due.  This is a good thing!  They have done their part for society and the world and would like to retire in peace and relax in a bit of luxury.  Seniors of yesteryear did not have the choices which active adults of the present day.  Therefore, they had no choice but to settle for what was offered.  Now, however, because there are so many active adult communities that are especially dedicated to catering to the 55+ age group, choosing an awesome community to settle down in will be much easier.

What do Active Adults Want in a Home?

Successful builders and developers of active adult communities consider this question very seriously.  They build the homes within these communities based on the data they gather.  Most active adults, according to them, wish for smaller homes.  This is because they do not want to be plagued with repairs and upkeep of a large home.  However, although they want smaller homes, they do not wish to compromise on the amenities or spaciousness of rooms.  These needs and desires are directly catered to by the homes built within most active adults communities.  Boomers, empty nesters, and active seniors want open floor plans that enable them the space to move freely throughout the home and also to entertain their friends and family.  They want an outdoor living area, such as a courtyard or a patio, high ceilings, studies, breakfast bars in the kitchen as well as all of the modern touches and conveniences that come with today’s homes.  They also want items within easy reach so that they do not have to bend too much to reach them.

Most 55+ adults are saying “no” to bathtubs, probably because they are dangerous, and saying “yes” to shower stalls.  They may otherwise request for walk-in bathtubs that are specially created for active adults who value their independence as well as a luxurious soak in their tub.  They also focus on one-story homes so that they do not have to climb stairs every two minutes.  However, if they do wish for two-story homes, they want the master bedroom and the study on the first floor.  Seniors today also demand energy-efficient homes with low gas and electricity bills – and of course, high-speed internet capabilities – preferably fiber optic!  Mostly, active adults see this as their last home and they want this home to reflect their personalities.

55+ adults of the present day do not wish to just sit and while the day away.  They wish to be active and therefore, seek vibrant communities with active lifestyles.  They want activities that keep them occupied and they want to be physically fit.  Amenities such as fitness centers, yoga studios, golf courses, swimming pools, walking trails, and tennis courts are much in demand by active adults.

Active adults also wish for homes they can lock and leave whenever they want without having to worry about security issues.  They also want to settle down in communities where there is out-door maintenance and upkeep because they do not want to mow their own lawns or shovel snow in the wintertime which can be extremely stressful on the joints.

As you can see, these empty nesters are a demanding pack and catering to their housing needs calls for special expertise. There are over 8,400 such active living communities listed in the ActiveAdultLiving.com web site.  A few randomly chosen ones are mentioned below:

If you need further information on active adult communities, you can visit ActiveAdultLiving.com, a comprehensive national directory of more than 5,800 communities where you are sure to find the one you wish to spend your retirement years.

Seniors enjoying playing golf

Find the Best Golf Course Communities for Active Adult Senior Living

When it comes to purchasing the perfect retirement home, there are many things to consider.  However, you no longer have the pressures of living closer to schools, being near your workplace or looking for a home big enough to accommodate parents, kids, and pets as well.  As you reach the empty nester phase of life, finding a perfect home for retirement living should involve selecting a home that offers you opportunities for an enjoyable and active lifestyle.  If you are interested in a lifestyle that includes country clubs, golf courses and neighbors who will join you in a round of golf, then you should certainly look consider a golfing community that is 55 plus age-restricted, or age-targeted for active adults.

There are many benefits to be gained by playing golf.  For one thing, you will be breathing clean, fresh air.  In addition, you will be physically active for at least four hours on a beautiful, sunny day.  Although golfing is not as strenuous and active like swimming or taking a brisk walk, it does provide you with the physical activity you need to get your blood circulation in motion and it’s great for clearing your mind of the daily stresses of life.  If you choose to walk the 18 holes instead of taking a cart, the health benefits of your round of golf are multiplied!  Playing golf is easy on the joints and does burn a significant amount of calories, while also allowing you the social opportunities to bond with your golfing partners. There are many Active Adult Communities that provide 55+ retirees the opportunity to pursue their love for the game of golf. Check out three of the best-golfing communities that are ideal for active and enjoyable senior living.

Benefits of massage to seniors

Massage is Not Just a Touch of Luxury But a Healthy Therapy

Most often, when someone talks about a massage, it is considered something of a luxurious activity to be indulged in and be pampered. However, a professional massage session can bring many health benefits that include the reduction of stress and the boosting of the immune system. Staying active is one of the key features of a healthy lifestyle, and this begins to matter more and more as you age. You may consider walking, golf, jogging or swimming to help keep you active. Regular massage therapy to is a great way to be active and ensure better circulation and rejuvenation of your cells.

Pickleball and How it Took Over Retirement Living

Many active adult communities are geared towards providing 55+ and over seniors the ability to enjoy their retirement life with various activities. These communities provide seniors various outdoor amenities that include tennis, swimming, bocce ball, golf and pickleball. If you are new to the retirement world, you would be wondering about “pickleball”. What exactly is this game? Well, stick around and we will tell you.

3 Minutes a Week of Exercise for Better Health – Is that All?

Active adults, who do not have the time to exercise for long hours, will be happy to hear recent research has indicated that short bursts of intense exercise have many health benefits. Yes, it is true! All you need to do is take three minutes off your busy schedule to do some high-intensity training (HIT), a week for four weeks, and you will start seeing the benefits. For example, in some research institutes, participants experienced an average of 24% insulin sensitivity with just 3 minutes of exercise. So, how do you do this? Let’s take a look.

Two smiling seniors walking with their dog in a forest in summer

55+ Healthy Living – Walking That Extra Mile

Exercise is a major health booster and essential for seniors who wish to lead a healthy life. Yes, it’s true that exercise is good for you whether you are 8 or 80, but at 80 you will realize the benefits it brings to you while when we are young, we hardly realize the need for it. One of the best methods of exercising is walking. Walking, at a brisk pace, for at least half an hour a day has significant health improvements. It is an ideal form of cardio exercise that can be engaged in, even when you have various health concerns. For you, as an active adult, the health benefits of walking are immense.