Retirement has a new job for you… Exercise


Living your adventure


You’ll probably note a recurring theme in many of our posts, that of being engaged in some form of activity or exercise. Exercise has been an integral part of our lives, individually and together, for many years, so it’s natural that it’s intertwined with the places we go and the things we do.

In addition to being fun and opening doors to new adventures, it’s a habit that is just plain good for you!

Medical doctrine tells us that exercise is the number one way of helping you avoid illness and improve the longevity and quality of your life. This naturally becomes more acute for us as we age and even more important for those of us planning on maximizing our period of adventures in our retirement. It’s worth noting too that while exercise takes the lead over other lifestyle factors, it is joined by not smoking, responsible alcohol consumption, illegal drug usage, supportive companionship, meditation / stress management, and watching reality TV. Okay, maybe that last one was my own addition!

A popular book that covers this subject in an innovative and down-to-earth manner is Younger Next Year, by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. I first read their book in 2007 and have given copies to several friends over the years. The book has been so popular that further books were demanded by the public which resulted in a published series of more than two million print copies that have been translated into 21 languages and now include:


Follows is an excerpt from the inside flap:

YOUNGER NEXT YEAR draws on the very latest science of aging to show how men 50 or older can become functionally younger every year for the next five to ten years, and continue to live like fifty-year-olds until well into their eighties. To enjoy life and be stronger, healthier, and more alert. To stave off 70% of the normal decay associated with aging (weakness, sore joints, apathy). and to eliminate over 50% of all illness and potential injuries. This is the real thing, a program that will work for anyone who decides to apply himself to "Harry's Rules."


Even though we may say goodbye to the office and stop working to some degree, we still have a job... being active, getting regular, if not daily, exercise, Crowley makes that point this way in the book:

If you are at or near retirement, we urge you as strongly as we can to make [daily exercise] your new job.
There is one thing people learn in their careers, whether they’re president of the company or mid-level what-do-you-call-its. They learn to go to work. Without thinking much about it, they learn a skill that children and heiresses do not have. They learn to go to work every day and do their job.
Now use it in your new life.
— Crowley & Lodge, Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond


The return on investment in activity-based exercise (aka this new job of mine) is the capital that funds my adventures in retirement, and I plan for them to be many and enduring.

What things are you doing to help ensure the duration and quality of your adventures in retirement? Let us know in the comments below.