Retirement boosts positive changes in Lifestyle!

Retirement boosts positive changes in Lifestyle!
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What is retirement – it is a road from one lifestyle to another.

Can retirement bring about positive changes in the lifestyle of elderly?

Yes it can.

There is a famous saying, “While there are lots of books available on retirement, the only book that really matters is the one that you write yourself!”


Contrary to the general perception that after retirement people become lazy which have a negative effect on their lifestyle, a recent research revealed that retirement boosts positive impacts on the lifestyle. The report was published in DNA India on March 13, 2016.

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The research was conducted by Melody Ding, a senior research fellow at the University of Sydney in Australia.

“A major life change like retirement creates a great window of opportunity to make positive lifestyle changes — it’s a chance to get rid of bad routines and engineer new, healthier behaviours,” said Ding.

Significant Lifestyle changes after Retirement

The major changes that were noticed in the retirees include:

  • People who retired became physically more active. It was due to the fact that they reduced their sitting time.
  • After retirement individuals are less likely to smoke.
  • A healthier sleep pattern was noticed in them.

The results of the research were published in the Journal of Preventative Medicine. The findings were compiled after following the lifestyle behaviour of 25,000 elderly Australian citizens. Various lifestyle behaviours such as diet patterns, physical activity, sedentary behavior, sleeping habits, alcohol consumption were studied and analyzed.

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5 Keys to a successful Retirement life

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Entering into the phase of retirement is entering into the new phase of life. You need to decide on the kind of life you want to live.

  1. Have a positive attitude towards future.
  2. Keep your vision clear about the life you want to have.
  3. Follow healthy mental and physical aging
  4. Nurture the personal relationships.
  5. Be active socially

Results of the study

The findings were positive and will have a great effect on the lives of elderly. Have a look:

  1. The amount of physical activity in retirees increased by 93 minutes a week.
  2. The sitting time decreased by 67 minutes per day.
  3. Sleeping time increased by 11 minutes per day.
  4. After their retirement, 50% of female smokers have quit smoking.
  5. In terms of sitting time, the major change was noticed in people living in urban areas who had high educational levels.
  6. There were noteworthy differences after taking into consideration the factors such as age, sex, marital status and educational level.

“The lifestyle changes were most pronounced in people who retire after working full time. When people are working and commuting, it eats a lot of time out of their day. When they retire, they have time to be physically active and sleep more,” Ding added.

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It is believed that this new research will bring about an active spirit in the minds of elderly citizens. They will now focus on adopting healthy habits which will decrease the risk of cardiovascular disorders and diabetes.


Comments (7)

  • Hi Sonal,

    Excellent post, and good information about the positive health effects on life after retirement.

    I heard an interesting radio program the other day about people who were miserable after retirement, and one common theme was those who felt they had no purpose or challenge in their lives after they quit full-time work.

    By that yard-stick most of the bloggers I know will be far better placed than most, because they have another purpose in life – either blogging for fun, or building a business blog.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark
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      Hi Joy

      Glad that you liked the post.

      I feel that people after retirement should keep their objective of what they want to do. and as the study revealed, they can become more active.

      Blogging ofcourse is the great option.

      Keep writing in

      Have a nice day!

  • Hi Sonal,
    Interesting statistics, “50% of female smokers have quit smoking.” I think everyone should quit smoking 🙂
    I guess at that point people have more quiet time to think straight, so they start getting healthier.
    Thank you for sharing!
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      Hi Emi

      You are absolutely right that everyone should quit smoking.

      Yes after retirement people have a lot of time to think about what they want to do next and then decide. They adopt healthy habits as well.

      Keep writing in

      Have a nice day!

  • Hi Sonal,

    Interesting post about retirement being an opportunity for making positive changes in the retiree’s lifestyle.

    The 1st time I retired, I was so busy that I wondered how I’d ever had time for a full time job. And, I think staying active is the key for a healthy retirement. You gotta have a reason to get outta bed!

    Thanks for the information, Edward
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      Hi Edward

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views.

      Am glad that you liked the post and found it useful.

      Keep writing in

      Have a nice day!

  • Hi,

    Excellent post. Its true that life doesn’t stop even after retirement. People do try out ways to live free and feel young at every point of time.

    The study has been presented in a great way. I will share the post to make others motivated.

    Thanks for sharing the post and your thoughts. 🙂

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      Hi Gloria

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your feedback. Am glad that you liked the post. Yes, life does not stop after retirement. People need to realize this and be motivated. There are so many things that they can be involved into and make a difference.

      Thanks in advance for sharing.

      Have a nice day!

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