There are many ways to stay fit and healthy into your retirement. Staying active, eating well, cutting out smoking and alcohol reduction are the most important behaviour adjustments that can have a positive impact on your health.
The HSE’s Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Programme provides a useful guide and healthy tips to improving diet and lifestyle.
Reducing the amount of sugar in your daily diet can assist with weight loss. Cutting back on sweets and biscuits by replacing them with fruit can make a big difference by giving you more energy throughout the day.
Eating 5 to 7 servings of fruit and vegetables every day can help to maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight.
Did you know: every additional serving of fruit and vegetable can reduce all causes of death by 5%.
The important thing to remember is that any exercise is better than nothing at all. Many local community centres offer age-friendly activities; aqua aerobics or walking clubs can be a great social outlet meeting people while also giving your fitness levels a boost at the same time.
If you are just starting back on your active journey, small things like walking instead of taking the lift or escalator add up and can help you to get back on your feet.
Citizens Information have some very useful information to help you find more details or activity groups in your area, visit their website at citizensinformation.ie or call 0761 07 4000.
HSE.ie is a useful guide to find out more about how to get active and lead a healthy lifestyle. Visit HSE.ie or call 041 6850300 to find out more.
If you would like more information on health and wellbeing supports, contact your scheme manager and they will be able to advise you on local groups and provide you with further information from your scheme.