There are a lot of different issues that people have with staying active during retirement. From a lack of things to do to the advances of technology creating so many great ways to just stay in, there are so many people who just don't get out like they should. It's going to be up to you to find ways to stay active. The good news is that your grandkids probably aren't getting as much exercise as they should, either. I've looked around and it's easy to see that this correlates somehow.
The other day, I kept my granddaughter for the night. She wanted to sit and watch cartoons and play on the computer. She's six. I told her we were going to do something different, and I took her to the park. She had a great time. We walked, fed the ducks, played, and did so much more than I have in a long time. It wasn't just about getting her out. It was about getting me out. I did more that day than I do most days. We had a lot of fun and we got to work on our relationship.
Why am I telling you this? If you ask me, there's a relationship there that needs to be exploited. When we're feeling like we aren't motivated and our grandkids are being spoiled with TV and technology, we both deserve better for our health. It's a simple little thing and if you live close enough to your grandkids, it doesn't take a lot of your time or effort. Just check out all of the different ways that you guys can go out and play, and make sure that you take advantage of all the time that you have.
What's a better tool to keep you active than that smiling little face? It's amazing how much more willing we are to do things for the little ones than we might be on our own. I love being able to take my grandchildren out and play, because we both feel better and have a great time. I think it's something that every grandparent should try to do, for everyone's sake. It's a great solution for everyone and I'll keep telling you that it's a ton of fun. Next time you're trying to find motivation to get active, call up your grandchildren and take them to play.