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How To Have A Healthy Retirement In A Residential Caravan

  • 30th Oct 2014

How To Have A Healthy Retirement In A Residential Caravan

Life on a residential caravan park at Allens Caravans can be an ideal option for retirement. There is always lots going on and unlike simply holidaying, you get to know your neighbours and experience the close-knit community atmosphere all year round. 

As much as there is to do and as enjoyable as the slower pace of life is, it is worth bearing in mind that you need to keep your mind and body active, healthy and happy.

Read on for top five suggestions as to how you can keep yourself busy during retirement on a residential park and how certain activities will benefit your body and your mind.

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For the Body     

Reading is an easy and enjoyable pursuit you can enjoy just about everywhere. Even when you are feeling tired or ill, you can read. Read novels, magazines, newspapers. Read anything. It isn't high impact like sports but it is an equally fantastic way to keep actively engaged in your spare time. It is great for relaxing the body and avoiding strenuous activity, but you don't have to loll in bed to do it.

For the Mind     

Reading is how great minds are made. With a single good book you can escape to other worlds, experience all sorts of adventures and challenge yourself with more difficult or thought-provoking texts. There are novels, series of novels and even great works of drama all for the taking and you don't have to spend lots of money stocking up a library; why not just sign up to the local library near your holiday home?

Get Outdoors:

For the Body

Ensuring you stay physically active all the way through retirement is vital to your wellbeing. You don't have to join an expensive gym to do so though. Going out for walks where you can take in the countryside and get some fresh air is a good way to start. If you don't quite fancy the idea of covering a couple of miles every day, you could instead choose to take up a new hobby or sport that will keep you occupied and allow you to get out and about in the fresh air; for example, golf, tennis and bowls.

For the Mind     

Fresh air can work wonders for your mental and emotional state. It has long been prescribed as the best way to take a break and clear the mind. Taking just a five minute break outdoors has been proven to reduce stress and put a smile back on your face. In addition to clearing the mind, walking and being outdoors is good for preventing health issues like cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.

See How Your Garden Grows:

For the Body     

Gardening is a lighter version of outdoor activity, with the added benefits of being closer to home and resulting in a stunning outdoor space. Of course, you don't have to be an expert landscaper; in fact, the comfortably sized gardens on residential caravan parks are perfect for novice and amateur gardeners. If you want tubs of exotic plants and lots of rose-coloured trellises then that is absolutely fine, but it is equally ok if you would rather take your chances with a small patch of grass to keep tidy and a few colourful pots to brighten up your outside space. Either way, there will be some maintenance required, be it a mow of the lawn or watering and deadheading the plants. This will keep you outdoors and active, without requiring too much exertion or putting too much pressure on joints. For more information on healthy living view here!

For the Mind     

Gardening is a fantastic way to relax. It may not seem like working outside with plants and insects in all weathers is a good way to unwind, but there are lots of mental and emotional benefits to gardening. Fresh air leads to a clear mind, whilst gentle repetitive activities are easy to get engrossed in without having to go overboard. Also, having a beautiful garden to enjoy in the spring and summer is a fantastic reward for any work you may have to put in. Just think how pleasant it will be to know you have your own little patch of paradise to escape to, whenever you want.

Meet and Greet More:

For the Body     

Socialising is good for you, whether you are making plans with old friends or mingling with new people. Living on a residential caravan park means you will have plenty of opportunity to mix with your neighbours, either at social events on site or by making an effort to get to know them on your own terms. Click here for residential parks. This is good for your health because human beings are social creatures, so when we are with other humans having fun we produce all sorts of happy hormones which in turn has a positive knock on effect to our overall bodily health. Plus, socialising will give you an excuse to get dressed up and dolled up every once in a while (so you don't get too comfortable living a peaceful life of leisure).

For the Mind

In the same way socialising with other humans is good for the body (thank you happy hormones) it is also greatly beneficial for your mind. As well as keeping you active, happy and having fun, meeting new people will expand your horizons. You will also have the opportunity to try new things and go to new places. This can be enriching and exciting, keeping your mind active and engaged with all the new names and faces you need to remember and all the new things you get to learn.

Cook Up A Storm:

For the Body     

Cooking is a necessary part of life, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun. Rather than thinking of the daily dinner as a chore, use it as a way to be experimental and get healthy. Opt for fresh ingredients and try out new methods and recipes. This will keep you busy and off the sofa and it will help keep waistlines and digestive health in check. There is a lot of culinary inspiration out there, so be creative and be brave.

For the Mind

Ever had that happy feeling after eating a tasty dish? What about that wide awake feeling after eating certain fresh ingredients? Food can not only bring you pleasure; it can also help your mental and emotional states. There's "brain food" and foods to help you relax (camomile) and foods to help you concentrate...really, anything you need sorting out health wise can be sorted out with food. Even the process of coming up with weird and wonderful recipes of your own can keep your mind active on both a logical and a creative level.

So there you have five great ways to keep active during retirement; all ideally suited for life on a residential caravan park.

To discuss your own retirement on one of Allens Caravans luxury residential caravan parks, please feel free to get in touch with the team today.     

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