12 tips for an active lifestyle in independent living homes: nurturing mind and body
If you have concerns about staying active when transitioning to a retirement village, rest assured. Retirement villages often offer a range of amenities, services and activities specifically designed to encourage physical and social well-being. Wesley Mission Queensland sure provide opportunities for social engagement, fitness and recreational activities. We strive to create an environment that fosters an active and vibrant lifestyle for both body and mind.
Whether you're an avid fitness enthusiast or you're simply looking to incorporate more movement into your daily routine and keep your mind sharp, we've got you covered with these practical tips.
Let's keep that warm glow of activity alive!
1. Explore On-Site Facilities
From gyms and swimming pools to specialty rooms, retirement villages are designed to cater to your wellness needs. Engage in group exercises, join a yoga class, hang out at the cafe, workshop or library, or take a refreshing dip. The possibilities are endless!
2. Take Regular Walks and Keep Moving
Walking is a wonderful and easy way to stay active, connect with nature, and socialize with fellow residents. Grab a friend, embrace the fresh air, and explore the beautiful surroundings of our retirement villages. Swimming, cycling, gardening, dancing and participating in fitness classes are also great low impact options.
3. Engage in community activities
Building connections with others is vital for mental and emotional well-being. Whether it's a friendly game of cards, a gardening club, or a painting workshop, these groups foster friendships and keep your mind engaged. Remember, a thriving community is built on shared experiences!
4. Create a new resident group
Did you know that you can create your own interest group if one does not already exist? One of our most popular groups, Bridge, started out this way and boast more than 60 members.
5. Stay Curious
Lifelong learning keeps the mind sharp and the spirit young. WMQ’s retirement living homes offer educational programs and workshops. Attend lectures, join book clubs, or indulge in arts and crafts. Unleash your inner explorer and let the thirst for knowledge guide your journey.
6. Embrace Technology
Stay connected with loved ones through video calls, join online communities, or discover fitness apps tailored to your needs. The digital realm is a gateway to endless opportunities, so don't be afraid to dive in!
7. Volunteer and give back
Engaging in meaningful activities not only benefits others but also brings a sense of fulfilment to your own life. Explore volunteer opportunities within your retirement village, in the local community or in one of WMQ's locations. Sharing your skills and experiences can make a world of difference.
8. Practice Self-Care
Maintaining an active lifestyle also means taking care of yourself. Prioritize restful sleep, eat nourishing meals, and practice relaxation techniques like meditation or gentle yoga. Self-care is the key to rejuvenation and ensures you're ready to seize each day with enthusiasm. Explore hobbies like painting, writing, or playing a musical instrument to keep your mind stimulated.
9. Maintain a balanced diet
Make sure to add as much nutritious options to your diet as possible, adopt portion control to prevent overeating and stay hydrated. Drink water throughout the day and limit sugary drinks to maintain good health and energy levels. Consider special nutrient needs for those over 50s, like calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12.
10. Participate in the Residents' Committee's meetings and activities
One fantastic way to stay mentally stimulated and make a meaningful impact is by nominating yourself to the residents' committee. Committees typically hold regular meetings to discuss community matters, policies, and improvements. Attending these meetings provides an opportunity to contribute your ideas and insights. Being part of a resident committee also involves organizing and participating in various community activities, events, and initiatives, fostering a sense of purpose and fulfilment.
11. Visit Allied Health Professionals for Therapeutic Services
Through allied health therapies, residents receive personalized exercise programs to stay active for longer. At WMQ you will find in-house allied health professionals, ensuring high quality of service, as well as co-located Wellbeing Centres at our retirement villages in Chermside and Sinnamon Park. Rosemount Village, in Sinnamon Park, even offers a hydrotherapy pool.
12. Find plenty of time to prioritise your own needs, guilt-free
Society often portrays selflessness as a virtue, leaving us feeling guilty when we dare to put ourselves first. However, when we engage in self-care activities, we replenish our energy levels, enhance our mental clarity, and cultivate emotional resilience. Neglecting self-care also diminishes our ability to fulfil our commitments to others. Remember, we can't pour from an empty cup. WMQ retirement villages offer a variety of services, activities, and opportunities for self-indulgence, so make sure you find the time to prioritize your own needs, guilt-free!
Remember, an active lifestyle knows no age limit. By following these tips, you'll find yourself thriving in your independent retirement living home, surrounded by a supportive community that shares your zest for life.
So go ahead, make the most of this remarkable chapter, and embrace every opportunity that comes your way. Here's to an active and fulfilling retirement!