Staying In Shape After Retirement: Outdoor Exercise

ri1Not too long ago, when I was still Lt. Governor of Rhode Island, Connecticut, I was working 55 to 60 hour work weeks. Although it was a very satisfying job, which made me really grateful for having it, it was also hard to maintain at times. The problem with the work life is that you can sometimes let your physical and mental health go to waste. Being at the retirement age, it is becoming more and more important for me to start watching my weight. I tend to gain a lot of weight when I stop exercising, and I do not want to be fat. I used to be very overweight a long time ago, and it took me two grueling years to shedd all those excess pounds. I have recently come up with the ideal way for me to stay in shape after retirement: outdoor exercise!

I have always loved nature. I enjoy the great outdoors. I’ve gone on hikes when I was younger. I am not so sure that I can still do that anymore, but I’d love to take up that hobby once more. The feeling you get after a strenuous walk on a rough, gravelly trail is something that I fondly remember. It is hard having to keep it up while you are on the trail, but the feeling of euphoria that you get after having completed these hikes, is totally worth it. It’s a satisfaction that can’t be bought with mere money. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself… I’m of ripe age and a tad bit out of shape. Before I take up hiking, I will first have to take up walking in order to get in shape.

How To Start Your Own Outdoor Exercise Regime

I’ve taken up healthy living many times in the past. I’ve also fallen of the bandwagon many times, leading me to go back to living a sedentary lifestyle where I was eating too much junkfood. But thanks to my experience, I am quite capable of going back to a life full of exercise and healthfood. One thing that you need to keep in mind, is that you should never push yourself too hard. It’s very important to start out with a pair of high quality walking shoes for overweight women, if you want to take up walking as your new lifestyle and/or hobby. I suggest having a look at this page on the Boot Bomb. If you are planning on going hiking later on, then you have got to start by taking a few simple walks around the block. Keep increasing the time of your walks up until about an hour. Go beyond one hour of walking at 60+, and you’ll be at risk of becoming over exhausted. So that’s what I mean by taking it easy.

It is essential that you purchase a pair of high quality shoes for your walking adventures. I highly recommend spending $150 on shoes once every 5 years, than spending $50 on shoes once every year. For the math geniuses amongst us… the $150 deal was the better investment. Higher priced shoes may cost more, but if you are overweight and out of shape, then you are going to need every bit of support that shoes can give you. And you simply aren’t going to get the kind of support you need with cheap shoes. Cheap shoes usually come with cheap inserts as well. This is horrible for overweight people who have flat feet and tend to over pronate. Over pronation means that your feet bend inward, also causing your legs to bend inward. Keep this up for a couple of years and you’re looking at an early knee replacement.

Taking It Up To The Hiking Level

Believe it or not, but at higher ages (read: 50+), it is still possible to train yourself in good enough shape that you can go on hikes. Understand that not all hikes are alike. You can either go on a single day hike (day hiking), or you can go on a multi day hike, which is much more intense and requires you to sleep in a tent on a mattress not nearly as soft as the one you’ve got at home. Being over 60, I prefer to go on day hikes. Those are exhausting enough already. The added benefit is that I stand a much lower risk of developing plantar fasciitis. This is a hereditary affliction that I have developed numerous times in the past, because I was not wearing the proper footwear at that time. Plantar fasciitis is the most painful foot condition there is, because it makes you feel like you are stepping in a bucket of razors when you get up in the morning.

For hiking, I recommend a good pair of plantar fasciitis hiking boots, that give you maximum support. Not just under the soles of your feet, but also around your ankles. If you are dead serious about keeping your feet in good shape in the golden years, then it’s best to invest in a solid pair of boots. Have a look at all of these, for example. It’s the same as with walking shoes, actually. Boots will likely cost a little bit more than shoes, but if you are hitting the hiking trail at the ripe old age of 65, then you are going to sorely need them. Every once in a few years, you will have to replace your boots with a new pair. Hiking boots will only last so long. You can’t have them repaired every year and expect them to last forever. Too many repairs to your footwear are eventually going to be just as costly as simply replacing them. So make sure to replace them when the time is right!

Summing It All Up

Foot support is very important for everybody. But it’s most important for people who have flat feet and over pronate. And for people who are overweight, ofcourse. It’s also possible that you suffer from both flat feet as well as obesity. It could very well be that your obesity is causing you to over pronate. Gravity is not your friend when it comes to over pronation. The longer your put excessive strain on your fallen arches, the worse your situation is going to get. And that’s why you have got to take this seriously.

Highly supportive shoes with a flexible midsole are going to help you a great deal. When you are coming from walking around in a pair of trodden down old sneakers to walking around in a solid pair of highly supportive hiking boots, you are going to feel like you are floating around on cloud 9. If you want the very best for yourself, then I recommend getting a pair of orthotic inserts. Seperately sold orthotic inserts are always going to be much better than stock inserts. But even better are custom inserts, measured to your personal feet. They cost a bit more, but can be worth it. It’s up to every individual herself to decide what amount of support she requires.