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Retirement life is not the end. It opens a whole new chapter.

Retirement life is not the end. It opens a whole new chapter.

Retirement is a special mark in your life to tell you that it is time to do whatever you like and whenever. You do not need to be thinking about work all the time.  However, things seem not to be that simple because if you do not have a good preparation both mentally and financially, you can put your retirement life into a nightmare.

Throughout your retirement life, stress will often come in many different forms. It is a silent killer because it can cause heart attacks, high blood pressure, angina and irregular heartbeat.

In this article, you can find the best solutions to live your retirement life to the fullest free from stress.

1. Social connection is crucial

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    Retirement life is not the end. It opens a whole new chapter. You should take this precious time to connect with your relatives, friends, neighbors or participate in a club. The social connection is really essential to maintain your healthy life physically and mentally. Sometimes, you might think it is difficult to do, but trust me that it is pretty easy and simple as follow:

    – Plan to have interesting activities with your friends.

    – Schedule a BBQ or special event with your relatives.

    – Take part in a mini class.

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    – Follow your hobby which you have not had the chance to do it before.

    – Travel and see the world from different angle.

    Just listen to your heart and discover what deeply insides you.

    2. Take good care of your health

    You should maintain a “suitable” exercise schedule with many different activities.  However, the question is how to know what is suitable. The answer is just simple: when you feel no pain doing it. It is suitable for you. Here are some recommended activities for your reference:

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    – Start jogging at the park or around your neighbor. Remember not to go too fast or jogging with bare feet. You should choose the right shoes for your feet. Take the rest whenever you feel tired and apply enough water.

    –  Do gardening is also a great way to be healthy. The only problem with gardening is weed control. The weed killer can definitely help but you need to choose the right one.

      You then also take a deeper look at what you eat every day. Try not to have one heavy meal, you should eat many small meals throughout the day instead.  Sometimes, your body can not digest all the needed nutrition and vitamins.  Supplements will then be a great choice for your health.

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      3. Try the heart lock-in technique

      When you feel stress or depressed, you can close your eyes and follow these steps:

      1.  Listen to your heartbeat, then slowly breathe in deeply.
      2. Remember or think of someone or something that is really important in your life.
      3. Follow your intuition and let your emotion all out.
      4. Listen to the instructions of your heart and you will know how to deal with the situation.

      4. Be the boss of your money

        You have worked two thirds of your life to earn money. Now it should be the time to enjoy life without stressing out about this matter.  Never put all your eggs in one rack. Dividing your retirement money into four portions:

        • Put the first portion into saving account for emergency usage.
        • Second portion for investment to generate interest.
        • Third portion to live and enjoy life.
        • Fourth portion to travel and follow your hobby.

        If you have not retired, have prepared for the best possible as you can, which includes paying off debt. If you are retired, make cuts unnecessary costs, live within the budget that you have, share with other retirees and seeking pleasure in the simple life.

        Featured photo credit: Retirement life via pixabay.com

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        Last Updated on May 22, 2019

        10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

        10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

        There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

        One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

        In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

        Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

        1. Cat Camel Stretch

        Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

        Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

        Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

        Here’s a video to guide you through:

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        2. Go for a Walk or a Run

        This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

        Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

        The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

        Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

        Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

        3. Jumping Jacks

        Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

        Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

        4. Abductor Side Lifts

        Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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        Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

        5. Balancing Table Pose

        This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

        Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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          6. Leg Squats

          Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

          Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

          The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

          7. Push Ups

          You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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          An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

          Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

          This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

          8. Bicycle Crunches

          There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

          Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

          9. Lunges

          Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

          Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

          This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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          10. Bicep Curls

          You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

          Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

          Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

          Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

          Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

          These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

          You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

          Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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