Four Corners Rehabilitiation - September 2018

NEW AND R ED I SCOVE R ED PAS S I ONS I N LAT E R L I F E A Guide to Picking a Post-Career Hobby

WHY YOU SHOULD CREATE A REGIMEN FOR YOUR LIFE Maintaining Your Balance Whether you’re just curious about starting an exercise routine or you’re a veteran marathon runner, there’s one aspect of physical fitness everyone can benefit from: balance. Balance training is an all-too-commonly forgotten piece of physical wellness. We use balance every day without even thinking about it, but it can also be central to maintaining overall wellness and achieving exercise success. As shown Aside from financial concerns, the No. 1 question that most impending and recent retirees struggle to answer is how they will fill up all their time. While spending time with family and relaxing are priorities for most folks entering the post-career chapter of their lives, these aren’t enough to fill up the bulk of your newly acquired free time. Cultivating a hobby is a great use of your time at any age, but especially during retirement. As Dick Van Dyke once said, “To me, retirement means doing what you have fun doing.” Here are three questions to help you discover a hobby that’s right for you. Work has a tendency to put our other interests on the back burner. Maybe you painted for pleasure during college but put the canvas away to focus on your career. Perhaps you were once a chess fanatic, and today you find your board gathering Do you have a dormant passion?

dust from lack of use. Now is the perfect time to rediscover those once-beloved activities.

What have you always wanted to do?

Discovering new hobbies is just as rewarding as rekindling old ones. Have you ever heard about a pastime and thought, “I’d love to do that, if only I had the time”? Former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe opened a winery after retiring from football. While you probably don’t have the financial resources of a professional athlete, there’s nothing stopping you from pursuing a newfound passion at the same velocity as the footballs Bledsoe threw.

energy to devote to it. Many older adults find that giving back to the community adds meaning and purpose to their lives. The best way to figure out how to donate your time is to think about a cause dear to your heart. From there, find a reputable organization that supports said cause, and see what you can do to help. Retirement is the perfect opportunity to throw yourself head-first into something you’re passionate about. So what are you waiting for? No Senior Sliding Here It’s inevitable: Your body will get older, and subsequently, your balance may be affected. Everyday tasks like walking or standing can become arduous and possibly lead to falls. In a continuing cycle, those falls can lead to even more balance issues for older adults. The American Heart Association recommends incorporating balance routines and exercise into your daily lifestyle at least three times per week — a method that has been shown to reduce falls. The association also reports that those who have suffered from a stroke have seen greater improvement when incorporating balance and exercise moves into their recovery, and the risk of repeat heart attacks decreases with continued exercise. As with any form of exercise, ask your doctor for approval before starting a balance regimen. To learn more about balance benefits or ways you can improve your balance, visit fourcornersrehab.com , or call us at 352-243-9341 (Four Corners office) or 352-243-4422 (Clermont office).

Is there a cause you want to support?

Volunteer work can be incredibly fulfilling, especially when you have the time and

below, incorporating balance exercises into your daily routine is essential for all lifestyles.

Developing Habits While Young Establishing a healthy balance routine in your child from a young age is essential to physical success later on. If a child’s balance is underdeveloped, the effects can range from low endurance during physical movement to hand dominance issues and sensory overloading. Developing and supporting balance exercises in your young one can set them up with successful habits, allowing them to better use their physical abilities in the future. Excelling in Exercise The American Council on Exercise advocates rotating balance exercises into your regular training routine to help improve performance and achieve your goals. Balance exercises can help tone your figure while also fine- tuning your physical skills, helping you perform better. For example, runners can utilize a stronger sense of internal balance to propel themselves forward, and those working their lower bodies will find better ways to prepare before a workout.

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