As you approach retirement, you’ll want to make sure everything is in order with your pension, 401(k)s/IRAs, Social Security, property, etc. and that you’ll have enough money to enjoy your golden years the way you deserve. But retirement is not only about money. Sure, it makes it all the more comfortable but, as many retirees will tell you, there are other things that make you happier and more satisfied with your retirement life than an annual salary of $95,000.
Money is just half of the story. The other half refers to the things that cannot be bought by money, such as health, happiness and the like. If you want to live your happily ever after retirement, here are seven non-financial assets that add value to your life and can help live the retirement of your dreams.
No matter how much money you have, you can’t buy health. You can buy medicine, but nothing can replace or bring back natural health. Most seniors agree that being healthy is the most important “element” for an enjoyable and comfortable retirement, according to a Merrill Lynch/Age Wave survey.
One way to maintain good health and lower the risk of developing certain health conditions is to follow a healthy, balanced diet and exercise at least 30 minutes every day. It will not only help you stay fit regardless of your age, but it will also strengthen your immune system, boost your energy levels and improve your mood.
Takeaway: You still have a chance to eat a healthy diet and workout as much as your condition allows you to. If you really want it, you can do it at any age! According to numerous studies, even individuals who adopt a balanced diet and become physically active later in their lives can significantly improve their overall health, reduce their risks of cardiovascular illnesses and live longer than their more careless counterparts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week.
If you need some inspiration, check out How At-Home Exercise Boosts Immunity for the Elderly.