Health & fitness: Retirees need to get exercise, too

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By Kent Pegg

With changes taking place at Los Alamos National Laboratory, many people may be considering if now is the right time to retire.For those who decide this is the time to begin a new phase of their lives, more hours will become available for other activities. And now is the time to reserve some of those hours to take care of your health through a program of regular exercise.If you can allot a few hours per week of the extra time you have available to exercise at the onset of your retirement, it will become a regular part of your new life. It’ll be much easier to maintain this regular pattern than it will be to add it to your life months down the road after a new life pattern has been established.Everyone knows there are major health benefits associated with exercise. Increased strength, improved weight management, greater bone density, better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of injury and disease are all known positives. And there are many other benefits too numerous to mention.Exercise provides many other positives as well. With more time on your hands, new retirees will generally have reduced social interaction. No longer are you conversing with coworkers, attending meetings or working closely with fellow employees.Your time at the gym can provide you with an interaction with others who are participating in the same type of activity you are.

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