STRESS RELIEVER: Ask yourself if that extra piece of chocolate cake at the retirement party is good for your health.
STRESS RELIEVER: Ask yourself if that extra piece of chocolate cake at the retirement party is good for your health. Peter Holt

Leaving work can be good for your health

I'VE been saying for years that retirement involves major changes.

Many people face lifestyle challenges and opportunities no one told them about and one of these is the chance to significantly improve your health.

Getting away from the stress often involved in the corporate world is like having a heavy load lifted off your shoulders.

Stress is bad for both our physical and mental health.

Leaving an office job gives us the opportunity to reduce the amount of time spent sitting on our bottoms.

Three to five hours a week of regular exercise will reduce your chances of suffering from osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimers and diabetes.

Just thinking about it won't make you healthier.

You have to actually get out and do something.

Retirement is the time when we can do the things we enjoy and make us happy.

Dr Ross Walker is a leading heart specialist who states the most powerful drug on the planet is happiness, peace and contentment.

So think about what you enjoy, what you're passionate about and spend some of your time doing it.

Instead of feeling negative about retirement, look at it as the next stage of your life when you can do the things you want to do, not what you have to do.

It's important to have some purpose in your life and be involved with community and friends.

There's overwhelming medical evidence if we use the extra time we have in retirement to improve our physical and mental health, we can slow down the ageing process and enjoy better health in our latter years.

To help I have published the book How To Stay Healthy, Active And Sharp In Retirement.

It's available at www.retirementbooks.com.au