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Wellness Wisdom

5 Ways to Wellness
in Retirement
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By Carmen J. Bloom White, Esquire

t may seem unusual for a newly minted 30-year-old to write
an article about how to maintain wellness in retirement. Yet,
for me, a law school graduate of law school at 23, my eyes
have always been focused on the long-term, and time or age has
never been a concept that mattered all that much. With that in
mind, and as someone to whom wellness-whether physical,
emotional, or mental-is a priority, I offer these thoughts to
my fellow Barristers who are about to embark upon a new life
challenge: RETIREMENT.
1. Get free to be me (you)! "The main thing I achieved
with retirement was an improvement in mental health and
freedom from the obligations associated with a leadership
position," says Exeter Township's Kathy L. Graul, who
recently retired from a 32-year Information Technology career
(including time with the F.B.I.), and from teaching indoor
cycling. You no longer have the obligation of keeping up
appearances, being tied to your email and no longer on call
at all hours of the day to clients or co-workers for immediate
crises that many times turn out to be blips on the radar. You
have the opportunity to "reduce stress and not put off the
things [you] enjoy doing," Kathy offers.
2. But do not be fooled: "Retirement does not equate to
inactive," quips Steve Newport, a retired bodybuilding coach
from York. The commonality Steve sees among recent retirees
is that "everyone feels they 'deserve' to kick back and relax, get
some things done that had been delayed because of a heavy or
hectic work schedule," but really, "remaining active is key!" In
the fitness industry, Steve encouraged retirees to "adapt to a
new way of thinking - that exercise, although tiring, will allow
them to add YEARS to their lifespan." Keep a calendar and
make sure every day has a purpose.
3. Get motivated to move-make physical activity
your new identity. Wellness in retirement must also bring
happiness and fulfillment in order for it to stick, according
to Dana Lee Chapman, the founder of RealFit.tv and the
former director of a 55+ community in Wanaque, NJ. Get
involved in a supportive community where you can "connect
with friends based around a hobby, sport, or activity," Dana
Lee advises. "Whether that be a golf club, a Pilates studio,
a hiking meet-up, or joining a local gym that is known for
phenomenal group fitness classes, there are so many options
that will keep you feeling young that combine socializing
with self-care. By joining a like-minded community, you will

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not only help yourself, but you can help support others - and
that's really where the secret sauce in life is found."
4. Take a risk and try something new! According to
business owner, positive aging advocate, and retired probation
officer Annarose Ingarra-Milch of Reading, "You are your
best asset - at any age!" Annarose entered a pageant at the
age of 62, and won! While becoming Ms. Pennsylvania
Senior America may not be in the cards for you, retirement is
the best time to learn a new skill or trade-you have nothing
to lose. Dana Lee recommends obtaining your 200-hour
Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification or becoming a
personal trainer or instructor because you want to help others
without being overly concerned about doing it for the money.
This can be "rewarding and freeing," she says, not just for you,
but for your clients or class participants. You can start small.
Sign up for a 5K charity walk! This will benefit you far beyond
just the physical body.
5. Remember-you don't need to re-invent the wheel.
Though your own wellness routine is personal, there are a
multitude of programs available just for retirees. Check with
your insurance company to see if they offer SilverSneakers
privileges for a person your age, suggests Janet Hangen,
the group fitness director at Kenhorst's Retro Fitness. If
you are eligible, you "can join, at no cost, any gym that is a
SilverSneakers participant," Janet explains. In addition to
free access to a multitude of gyms, SilverSneakers facilitates
activities in parks and recreation centers, and offers a
social community in-person and online. There's even a
SilverSneakers blog with healthy recipes, tips for keeping
your intellect sharp, stretches, and more. Even if you aren't
SilverSneakers-eligible, don't be afraid to stop at a local gym
and ask about special memberships, workout programs,
pricing, classes, and the like for retired persons.
Ultimately, if 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg can lift weights multiple times a week with a trainer, so
can you.
Ms. White is an Assistant County Solicitor for Berks
Children & Youth Services and a member of the Berks
County Bar Association's Wellness Committee. "Wellness
Wisdom" will be a regular feature of The Berks Barrister and
is a benefit offered by the Wellness Committee.


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