Making the Most of Your Veteran Retirement- A Few Tips to Maximize Enjoyment

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If you’re in your early to mid-60’s, you’re getting to that age to start considering retirement. If you’ve served our country, you may be entitled to a pension. No matter in what way you contributed to the maintenance of our country’s freedoms, you have used your life to serve an incredible purpose, and you deserve to truly enjoy your golden years.

Many of us work our whole lives with the goal of providing ourselves a comfortable retirement. However, all too often, retirees find themselves facing a very unexpected problem as they just aren’t sure what they’re supposed to do with all that free time. Whether you’re already retired or just getting prepared ahead of time, there are a few hobbies you can take up to truly make the most of your veteran retirement.

Start a Club

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Over the years, you inevitably gain knowledge as you learn from your many experiences. Now that you have extra time on your hands, this can prove to be a great opportunity to pass that knowledge onto others. Consider starting up a club. For example, a book club could meet at your house once a week, and your group takes time to share opinions about their interpretations of what they’ve read. Other groups you can consider starting include:

  • Bible study group
  • Current news study group
  • Gardening club

Start a Small Business

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Human beings are wired to think of new, innovative ways to accomplish their goals, and it’s this spirit that leads anyone to market a product or service. While most of us have, at one time or another, thought of a potentially lucrative business idea, only about 13.3 percent will actually become a business owner.

There are many reasons this is the case. For one, it takes a lot of money to start a business, and many never access the funds necessary to get the ball rolling. Furthermore, there’s a considerable time investment necessary to be successful, time many just don’t find as they’re also engaged in full-time careers.

Now that you’re in retirement, you may have some extra money to work with, and you definitely have more time. This can offer a great opportunity for you to explore that great idea you never got around to developing.

Spice Things Up With a Motorcycle

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It may seem dangerous to choose your senior years to purchase a motorcycle, but, the great news is that there are a number of new motorcycle features catered toward use by retirees. Just a few exciting highlights and accessories you could take advantage of include:

It’s important to keep in mind that operating any motor vehicle requires a certain degree of physical exertion, especially when that vehicle is a motorcycle. It’s never a bad idea to check with your doctor to ensure you’re healthy enough for driving a motorcycle.

Crossfit Training = Military Training

Working in the military means I constantly need to be in tip-top shape. With that in mind, I always jog at around 3 in the morning and I lift weights as well. I thought this was already sufficient enough for me, when my friend suddenly called me and told me that she was coming. This friend of mine works for Flooded NY water mitigation company. Opposite sides of the world, right?

However, I had no idea that this plumber-friend of mine would actually help me out a great deal.

I got introduced to CrossFit through my best friend, who was into the workout for quite a few months. Initially, I tried to stay away from it; however, she would nag at me continuously so I ended up joining her. Unfortunately, It was extremely difficult at first. One day, I was literally dragged by my best friend to the gym and got introduced to her CrossFit trainer. The CrossFitter explained to  me, in a concise manner, all the small and big details of the workout. I thought of giving it a try, though it was only because of my friend’s constant nagging. CrossFit and cross training workouts are more or less the same with a few differences.

The whole workout sees that you get into functional movements, which are regularly varied. The most important thing is that high intensity is maintained all the time. It includes various kinds of exercises like running, rowing, weightlifting, and gymnastics. You never stick to one exercise which eases you of the common complain of getting bored from sticking to only one exercise. The best part is there is no specialization. It’s more or less the same way you do your daily chores like picking up shopping bags, running around your kids or climbing up and down the stairs. It gives you a chance of trying different kinds of exercises in one workout. Trying out this workout will make you flexible for any kind of workout and also fit to survive different life conditions. CrossFit is used by military and police training units but it is now customized to make it accessible to common people and at the same time taking care that you don’t exert yourself much. So it means the beginner and an elite athlete have almost the same qualities but only the intensities are varied depending on the individual capabilities.

I first got uncomfortable with the thought of working out with different kinds of people with such charged up music, but I was surprised to find a lot of friends who matched my mental wavelength. I felt that I was going back to my childhood days where we used to play different sports with friends and never ever felt tired because we had friends with us to enjoy. As we all grew up, we had less time to come together and spend time due to our hectic schedules. That and the fact that all my friends were now living in different cities. However, I found a new leash  in my social life as I had a lot to do together with friends which helped me find new bonds and relationships otherwise all that social gathering meant eating and gossiping but here I am getting fit while I am spending time with friends.

Once you start the training regimen, your CrossFit trainer will vary the intensity of your workout according to the time you need to customize yourself with those kinds of exercises. A good CrossFit trainer is necessary to see that you are doing the exercises correctly. Don’t worry; even if you have no prior experience of such exercises, just go with the flow. And if you have some experience then it’s the best thing to take up. It’s a good way to clear all the clutter from the mind that is gathered due to daily stress. I found it takes care of developing every area like stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination and accuracy.

You may find the training too expensive, but trust me you will never get disappointed with the whole workout. You can always have places where they provide free training initially to let you get the feel of it. You will feel yourself motivated and more de-stressed than ever with a clear mindset.