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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.

The Perks of Being Over 55

Many baby boomers who have reached retirement age may be lamenting the fact that they have nothing to look forward to. This is because they are uninformed about the many perks they have once they reach 55. For example, many 55+ seniors do not take advantage of the discounts available to them. This is not something you should feel embarrassed about. This is something you have right to. So, take advantage of your 55+ perks. Here are some discounts you can avail yourself of.

Which Type of Mortgage Loan Would you Choose to Buy Your Home?

If you have decided to buy a home to retire in, it is time to act fast and get your mortgage. But wait! Things have changed significantly since the time you may have walked into a bank and gotten a mortgage for your first home. Did you know there are different types of mortgages? Which one will you choose when buying your home? Having a basic understanding of these mortgages will help you choose the most suitable. Below are three popular mortgages that can be considered when purchasing a 55Plus senior home for retired living.

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Importance of Pets for Healthy Happy Senior Living

As we grow older, the need to feel loved and cared for, and to feel appreciated and needed will heighten but not dwindle. Although the family may provide us with these feelings and emotions, one of the best ways of feeling needed and appreciated is by having a pet. These pets can come in canine or feline forms but there are also other pet options. Whether you raise a cat or a dog or a bird or any other pet, they are dependent on their owners for their lives and in return, they provide their owners with the feelings that they are needed, loved, and appreciated. Apart from these feelings, pets add to the lifestyle of any human, whether or not they are seniors.

Community Gardens Growing More Than Local Flavor

Spring is right around the corner, and newness is everywhere from the heavily budded trees to the first buttery yellow daffodils emerging from hibernation. As we’ve existed on hardy winter produce, most of us are anxiously anticipating the arrival of ruby red strawberries, tender lettuces, and sweet peas. Local farms will be gearing up for their community supported agriculture (CSA) season, with many retirement communities catching onto this idea by getting residents involved in growing gardens of their own. It’s no secret that the keys to longevity include fresh air and nutrient dense foods, but it’s also the camaraderie that makes the farm to table movement a great way to cultivate a close-knit community.

In Circleville, Ohio, the middle school turned apartment residence of Everts Hill, has brought community agriculture into its own backyard with a garden, and greenhouse that provides fresh, seasonal ingredients to its residents. Seniors will have access to the kitchen, and cafe that will serve as a catering business as well as give community members the chance for job opportunities.

Travel Tips That Give Jet Lag the Boot

Jet setting season is fast upon us with baby boomers, and retirees heading off to far off places, to explore the world or take a domestic excursion. Traveling is an exciting way to experience life beyond our own backyards, and meet new people, but can also be draining especially when we transition between time zones, and disrupt our normal rhythm. Train, plane or automobile, active adults can learn to outsmart jet lag, and take advantage of every adventurous moment with travel-friendly tips worth packing their bags for.

Travel guide writer Rick Steve’s is most known for his popular European travel television series that takes viewers behind the scenes to explore the roads less traveled through the eyes of a local. One of his most useful tips when traveling abroad is setting your clock to wherever your destination may be, and get moving! Fresh air, and exercise is the best way to combat jet lag, and travel fatigue. Make it a point to drop your things off at the hotel, and lace up your walking shoes. Keeping up with the current time zone will help to regulate your internal clock, and give you more time to soak in your surroundings.

Best Careers for Over 55 Seniors

Many seniors do not wish to sit back and spend their days doing nothing. They prefer to work, or start new careers, to either supplement their income, keep their brains active or to give back to the community. Whatever reason you wish to continue working, here are a few career opportunities for over 55 seniors to consider.

4 Snowbird Destinations for Active Adults

It can be quite tiresome hanging around snow every winter. Why not consider taking a break from it all and going somewhere warm for a couple of days or weeks? Interested? Here are some of the best snowbird destinations for the active adult.