Entry for October 26, 2007
For those who worry that their health will start to deteriorate as soon as they retire, I guess anything is possible. Consider these few possible health saving benefits of retirement.
You have more time to pay attention to your health. It is much easier to find the time to schedule a visit to the doctor or dentist. You will not need to try to schedule appointments for after work, or need to take a day off from work.
You may find, as I have, you eat less after you retire. I am not sure why, but I am not nearly as hungry as I was while working, and I don’t feel the need to snack. That might have something to do with stress, so if NOT working is going to cause you anxiety or boredom, it is possible you will gain weight. For me, so far I am down fifteen pounds and hope it keeps dropping off.
You have more time on your hand to exercise. One ex-coworker I know that took an early retirement joined a health club and goes there regularly. He has dropped even more weight than I have. While he was working, he never was able to work a health club into his schedule.
If you a tobacco user, you may find the lower stress level makes it easier to abstain.
I ran into another ex-coworker a few months ago who retired when he was around 58 years old. He is now over 80. He was always an active guy who loved eating homegrown vegetables. I believe he just plain became even more active after he retired, loved the lower stress level, and continued his hobby of gardening.
I do recommend that you visit the doctor regularly, and take all of the damn pills prescribed. Most of the old geezers I know always run to the doctor at the first sign of trouble. The ones that don’t, well I guess I know a few of them too, but their group has more funerals.
Should you retire and not be able to afford health care insurance, I am guessing things could go very bad very fast.
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