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Tips For Staying Independent During Retirement


We all want to stay independent in retirement, we all want to stay active and keep doing the things we love. Plenty of people struggle as they age and find it harder to do day to day things that they have always taken for granted.

After you turn 60, it is important to stay active in order to stay ahead of the decline we often associate with getting older.

Think about it... how much do you sit against how much you are active in a typical day? Write down your daily activity for a few days and you might be surprised.

Consider what you physically do each day such as gardening, walking the dog, housework, shopping and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. These are all things that can keep you healthy and independent long into retirement. 

Exercise To Get Healthier:

Exercise on the other hand is specifically planned, structured and repetitive, such as yoga, swimming, riding your bike, or walking 7,000 – 10,000 steps a day. What exercise do you do every day?

If you truly want to stay independent in retirement and make the most of your golden years you have to make a conscious decision and plan to keep moving to reap the benefits. To prevent or delay diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and dementia…

  • Avoid becoming a fall risk
  • Manage stress
  • Improve your sleep
  • Release endorphins, the happy hormones!

No matter how you analyze it, increasing your physical activity will improve your quality of life and stay independent in retirement.

Exercising is a fantastic way to stay active after retirement.

It not only gives your health a boost, but also allows you to live independently as you age. Now that you have more time, it’s simple to develop an exercise plan that works for your schedule. Experts recommend exercising for at least 150 minutes every week.

You want to focus on exercises that can improve your flexibility, strength, and balance. You don’t need extreme exercises to achieve these goals. Simple activities, such as walking, swimming, and riding your bike, should help you stay active.

There are also several straightforward exercises you can do while at home. 

If you are unsure where to start, inquire about out senior fitness programs! Let us help you build a home workout routine that is custom to your skill level and abilities.  

The Fastest Way To Relieve Retirement Aches And Pains:

If you feel like you need more than at-home exercises, and you’re worried about losing your independence, then our team at Functional Advantage is here to help.

We have worked with many patients, in their retirement, who came to us because they were battling aches and pains, and scared of being unable to take care of themselves in future.

We also work with lots of grandparents who are missing out on fun family activities because of lower back, knee or shoulder problems which leaves them unable to join in with their active grandchildren.

To make the most of your retirement, contact us today for a free consultation to start your journey to a more active, mobile and pain-free life!

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Click on the video below to hear from Jim G. (70's from Freeland, MI) who had back pain that was keeping him from staying active and doing what he loved to do during retirement. 


Neil Sauer

Neil Sauer

Physical Therapist, Certified Health Coach and company owner Neil Sauer graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science. During that time he played four years of collegiate soccer. Neil earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University in 2006. He has taken continuing education courses for Stanley Paris manual therapy techniques and a Gary Gray Functional Training course. He has also taken selective functional movement assessment courses with the North American Sports Medical Institute (NASMI). Neil’s treatment philosophy goes beyond reducing pain and restoring motion/mobility. He has a passion for health and wellness and for improving the quality of life of his clients, and works holistically with them to ensure their injuries do not reoccur and that his clients enjoy optimal functionality. He strives to help his patients live more active, mobile and healthy lives knowing that they don’t have to rely on pain medications, injections or surgery. In his personal life, he is married and has two sons. During spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, spending time outdoors and leading an active and healthy life. Neil also likes to read as much as possible when he finds/makes time. He primarily reads books on leadership, business and special forces. An avid exercise enthusiast, he continually works to improve his own health and wellness.
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