Fighting the Fat- Don’t Let Retirement Pack on the Pounds

The best part about retirement, for many people, is being able to kick back and relax. There is nothing better than not having to go to work every day. You can sit around and watch TV, read the paper, catch up with old friends, and do whatever you’d like to have a great time. While all this relaxation is a welcome opportunity, it can also be a good way to accidentally put on weight if you’re not careful. This time in your life where you can do whatever you want is a welcome change, but you’ve got to be prepared.


There are a lot of different ways that you can stay healthy when it comes to retirement. You don’t have to join a gym or exercise every single day if you don’t want to. As long as you make sure that you’re staying active and not overdoing it with your meals and snacks, you’ll be just fine. If you have more free time, you’re more likely to eat. Plus, you’ll be looking to relax and enjoy yourself rather than working hard or attempting to stay active, in many cases. Some people do like to keep moving and for those people, it’ll be easy to avoid the post-work pounds.


If you’re not one of the people who feels like staying active is necessary in your retirement, it might require a little more effort for you to avoid putting on extra weight. At this point in your life, though, being in good health is definitely paramount. I know that when I stopped working and started enjoying my retirement, it was easy to do nothing, eat all kinds of great foods, and just let the weight come. Even we health professionals struggle sometimes.


Soon, though, I realized that I needed to find a way to stay active so that I could avoid the extra weight gain. My schedule had been so busy before retirement that I had a very limited time for eating, and it was always pretty healthy. Now that I’m home more than not, I enjoy going out to dinner and having big meals with friends, and that can catch up with you pretty quickly. I choose to take little walks every day and try to find activities that can keep me moving. I bought a zoo pass and take my grandkids as much as I can, because it’s a fun way to stay active. What ways can you find to keep moving and fight the post-retirement poundage?