elderly couple hiking outdoors up a slight incline

Now that work is out of your life, it’s time to reorganise your priorities and do stuff you’ve never had time to do. In fact, you can be more active now than before!

10 Ideas to Energise You After You Retire

Senior Going On a Trip 
  1. Go on that trip with your old pals. Have you always wished to relive the good old days with your former classmates or army pals? Why not gather them and plan a holiday together? You can go on a relaxing fishing trip at a kelong, book a golf holiday in a neighbouring country or go on a road trip up north. Create new memories as you revisit old ones.

  2. Pretend to be a tourist in Singapore. Draw up an itinerary to visit museums, parks or other places of interest. Join a heritage tour or take the MRT and stop at random stations to explore its vicinity. You may discover gems or interesting shops and buildings you have never known before. With a packed calendar of events in Singapore throughout the year, there is no lack of fun and activity.

  3. Get in shape! Now that you have no more excuses, it’s time to realise your exercise goals. If you are unsure of your fitness level or which sport may suit you, you can get an assessment from the Fit for FUNction fitness test conducted by Active SG, or start with these 7 easy exercises. Gather your workout buddies for regular exercise or join the National Steps Challenge™.
Senior Couple Going Line Skating 
  1. Rekindle the romance. It’s time to strengthen your relationship with your spouse and plan on ageing well, together. You can help each other stay active by going for daily walks in the neighbourhood after meals, running errands or shopping for groceries together. Use activity trackers or smartphone apps to monitor your daily step count and spur each other on to meet the goal of 10,000 steps daily.

  2. Time for DIY. Have you been wanting to do some home improvement projects but work kept getting in the way? Now’s the chance to spruce up the house ahead of the festivities. For example, you can give one of your rooms a new coat of paint and change the arrangement of your furniture. Even helping out with the housework can be a good way to sweat it out.

  3. Discover a new side of you. Try your hands at something new such as photography, Zumba, opera singing, learning a new language or ballroom dancing. Sign up for courses, meet fellow enthusiasts and indulge in new experiences and activities. If you have been neglecting your hobbies, now’s the time to brush off the dust and start on them again.

  4. Try urban farming. You can grow edible plants on your balcony or corridor, or join community gardeners around your neighbourhood. If you aren’t sure of your skills to make things grow, start with easy plants such as basil, mint, pandan or spring onion. The satisfaction of eating your own harvest will spur you to keep them growing.
Asian Grandparents Playing With Grandparents 
  1. Be a sporting grandparent. Make time to reconnect with your adult children and grandchildren. Offer to take the kids on trips to the zoo or parks which will also keep you energised. While you are out, you can share stories with them, teach them new stuff and get to know them better. It’s family bonding time!

  2. Revisit your memories. Start a special project to revisit and document all the important places in your life. These can include places you have stayed in, old schools and locations which hold special memories for you. Take photos and pen down your thoughts in photo journals or online blogs. Your creation will become a treasured life story which you can share with your family and friends.

  3. Make time for others. There are many organisations waiting for an extra pair of hands. Find one which suits your personality and values and volunteer to help out. It’s a good way to stay socially active and make meaningful contributions to the community.

Stay Healthy After You Retire

Picture yourself glowing with health after you retire. You are physically active, free from major illnesses and living independently. Family and friends surround you, filling your days with activities and cheer. You are enjoying what you love to do and feel mentally alert to take on new skills and hobbies.

Such a scenario is not far-fetched. With a little planning, everyone can age successfully and be physically active after your retirement. Staying active keeps you healthy and lowers your risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases. It strengthens your muscles, improves your balance and reduces your risk of falling.

Now that you have retired, it is time to rewire your life for better health!

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