Has the time come to find your dream home? Are you looking to move into a community somewhere outside of the hustle and bustle of the city? If this isn’t the first time you’ve bought a home, you have some major advantages. You have more resources thanks to the sale of your current home, and you have a great opportunity to upsize into the home of your dreams.
Many of the buyers we work with at Blythwood Homes are looking for life in an adult lifestyle community in Ontario – a stable neighbourhood where they know they can stay put. They’re looking for spacious homes in communities where they’ll be able to retire and enjoy healthy active living.
What Is Active Living?
A healthy active lifestyle isn’t just about fitness. Staying physically active is key to slowing aging, but as you come closer to retirement, it’s not the only thing you should be thinking about. It’s also about integrating social, mental, and spiritual activities into daily living. It’s about making the most of every day, loving your home, and thriving in your community.
Active Living Tips
Want to enjoy healthy active living as you discover more time and freedom to do what you love? These tips can help you integrate a healthy active lifestyle in more ways than one into your everyday routine.
#1 Choose the Right Community
An active lifestyle starts with loving where you live. It starts at home, with a house designed to make aging easy by cutting down on stairs and barriers and extends to all the amenities available in your new community.
As custom home builders in Niagara, we know that the region is one of the best places in the world to live. Its combination of great people, culture, natural beauty, food, and wine means there’s always something to do in the area. It’s a growing place with a great regional healthcare network and the perfect place for finding new friends and devoting more time to your hobbies.
There’s always something new to discover in Niagara. It’s the kind of place that people visit and wish they never had to leave. As you reach the point in your life where you can choose to live anywhere you want, don’t just move into your dream home; move into your dream location.
#2 Develop a Daily Routine
Physical fitness doesn’t have to mean a daily workout. In fact, as you get older, it may be more important to develop basic wellness practices rather than a regimented fitness routine. That means doing things like:
- Taking a morning walk with friends, the dog, or on your own to find some calm, meditative alone time in the day.
- A healthy sleep routine that includes 7+ hours a day.
- Getting out for a bike ride on the trails and enjoying the many health benefits of cycling.
It also helps to keep any routine you develop consistent and to start slowly if you’re only now trying to develop a workout routine.
There are plenty of things to do in Niagara that help with staying active during your retirement while having tons of fun. Niagara is home to an abundance of world-class golf courses where you can hit the links, enjoy some time with friends, and work on your game. For those who love to get out on the water, there’s also the Niagara-on-the-Lake Sailing Club, where you can learn to sail, practice, and enjoy the shimmering waters of Lake Ontario.
#3 Stay Social and Make New Connections
Healthy active living isn’t just about fitness or getting outside; it’s also about leading a rich social life. As people get older, it naturally becomes harder to maintain a social life. By some estimates, people lose about half of their social network when they retire, as so much of their social circles revolve around their careers.
However, when that happens, you also have more time than ever, and it can be a golden opportunity to enjoy a social renaissance. One of the benefits of adult living communities is that they put you in proximity to neighbours who are enjoying a similar pace of life. Their kids are grown up, and they’re more likely to have matured into their careers or retired.
How can you build more social connections? There are several ways you can continue to grow your social life:
- Meet new friends and reach out to old ones more often before you retire, putting you in a better position for when socializing with colleagues naturally declines.
- Reach out to neighbours or find groups who share a common interest, such as golf or wine classes.
- Join a group or volunteer as a way to make new connections and set roots in your new community.
A lively social life is at the heart of healthy active living,
#4 Pick Up a Creative Hobby
A creative passion is an important part of healthy active living that will keep you sharp and always problem-solving. Whether it’s picking up a musical instrument, crafting, or fixing up classic cars, engaging in something that takes both brain-power and your hands is a valuable outlet for creative thinking.
Signing up for classes to learn a new art or hobby can also become a great way to meet new people and make more friends.
#5 Expand Your Taste Buds
Niagara has one of the most exciting food scenes in Ontario, thanks in no small part to its many wineries and the antique charms of Niagara-on-the-Lake. From elevated cuisine to traditional pub fare made with good local ingredients, there’s plenty on offer throughout the region. Challenge yourself to expand your horizons and try something new.
Exploring new things will always keep life interesting, and there’s plenty to discover in Niagara. If you’re thinking about upgrading to your dream home, Niagara offers all the excitement and amenities of the city with the peace and quiet of the country. Find your dream home in a beautiful community where healthy active living is never hard to find.