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5 Ways Community Living Leads to a More Active Lifestyle

Retirement years are full of promise. They’re the years most adults build toward. When you can kick back, relax and make the most of your family, your free time and the life you’ve created. But staying active as you get older can be difficult. Sometimes doing the same activities you used to is no longer feasible, sometimes injuries or health restrictions keep you from staying active in the usual ways and sometimes being active by yourself is just no fun. 

That’s where a retirement community comes in. From making wellness-minded choices easier to surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals who are also working to make the most of their retirement years, independent senior living communities provide incredible opportunities to maintain or even improve your active lifestyle throughout your retirement years. 

Why Health and Wellness are Key Factors to Consider in Your Retirement Years 

While your retirement years are meant to be spent soaking in all that life has to offer and having fun, it’s also important to maintain your health and keep wellness top of mind during those years as well. We all know that building a solid foundation for health in your younger years is important to longevity and quality of life, but maintaining that wellness in your retirement years is equally, if not more important. The choices you make concerning your health and wellness during your retirement years dictate the level of enjoyment, ease and vivacity you get during these years. 

An active lifestyle means more time on the playground with your grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It’s keeping that vegetable or flower garden you love so much. It means fun in the sun is absolutely not restricted to sitting by the pool, and you can enjoy the water as much as ever. Prioritizing your health and wellness even in your “sunset” years is the difference between isolation and genuinely making the most of it with the ones you love the most.

How Community Living Keeps You Active and Engaged 

Sometimes we all need a little more than internal motivation to get moving again. 

Built-in Socialization 

It’s been shown that social seniors are happier and healthier. Isolation is a leading cause of anxiety and depression in older adults, and when you’re doing your best to stay active, mental and emotional wellness are an important part of that equation. The community at Abbey Delray South offers easy access to your new best friends or, at the very least, your next Sunday coffee partner. Through exploration of new hobbies and engagement in various wellness activities, finding the right social circle for you is easy.

Easy-to-Engage Programs 

As part of our community philosophy, we know that supporting wellness of all types is essential to your health, happiness, and longevity. That’s why we offer a variety of wellness programs to meet your needs and pique your interests. 

Because our communities are as unique as our residents, we know the importance of finding the right wellness activities for your lifestyle and passions — and the right people to share those passions with. From regularly held classes you can drop-in on whenever the mood strikes to moer personalized programs and opportunities, finding the best balance at Abbey Delray South is easy. 

How Residents Live Active Lifestyles at Abbey Delray South

As with most things in life, building an active lifestyle in your retirement years requires a few key components. Ease of access, accountability and variety to keep things from getting stale. 

Variety at Your Fingertips 

Forget those who say you “can’t teach an old dog new tricks” or would insinuate that your retirement age means you’re stuck in your ways. The ability to change it up and find excitement in new types of movement or fun, social exercises keeps fitness engaging. Residents at Abbey Delray South enjoy a wide variety of fitness and wellness activities and move-as-you-want opportunities in our on-site fitness center. 

Fitness for Every Lifestyle

Whether you’re looking for low-intensity or low-impact exercises that are easy on the joints or trying to find the perfect balance of cardio and strength to keep your muscles toned and your heart strong, our fitness center and wellness programs have you covered.

For those in retirement age, cardio plays an especially important role in cultivating and maintaining an active lifestyle, alongside flexibility and muscular strength. The best way to get all three of these is to structure your week with a few blocks of time set aside to dedicate to these specific wellness areas. As part of our commitment to the health and fitness of our residents, we help all of our residents find the movement best suited for their goals and lifestyle — whether it’s water aerobics, yoga, jogging or something in between. 

Your New Best Friends 

At the end of the day, leading an active lifestyle is way more fun when you do it with others. One of the most significant advantages of senior living communities is that last word – community. You’re surrounded by people your age, with similar interests, basking in the glory of their older years. Your new best friend might be just down the hall, or across the courtyard or a single building over. It’s like living on a college campus all over again, only with more wisdom under your belt and far fewer weights on your shoulders. The residents of Abbey Delray South stay active together, and that’s the best part. 

Wellness and health are important priorities at any age, and keeping them front and center in your retirement years ensures that you’ll have the most fun for as long as possible, and feel good doing it. 

If you’re ready to meet your new workout buddies, and kickstart your retirement life right, fill out the form below or call 561-272-9600 to learn more about our community.