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How often have you heard the refrain ‘I’m just so busy, I don’t know how I ever found time to go to work!’?

Spoken like a true retireista. Never before have we had the chance to fill our days with so many things we LIKE to do rather than things we HAVE to do. And the good news is that it’s good for us!

The positive impact of activity in later life for health and well-being is well documented. The social aspects of joining in activities with others helps to reduce loneliness, boost life satisfaction and improve health. Research in the US also suggests that it reduces the rate of cognitive decline. That means it helps to ward off those nasties like memory loss, dementia, Alzheimers and the like. Being creative also helps with this.

And at the same time, being physically active can lower your risk of developing – or help you to manage – any number of chronic health conditions, including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some forms of cancer, obesity and arthritis.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and have some fun. Join a club, volunteer for a cause close to your heart and get involved. You won’t regret it!

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