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CLUBS: NOT JUST FOR HIGH SCHOOL
                       THE BEST WAY TO STAY ACTIVE IN RETIREMENT


                         While it’s great not having your nose to the    are always looking for volunteer help. Book lovers
                         grindstone nine-to-five, leaving work also means   of all ages can join their local Friends of Libraries
                         leaving behind a lot of daily activities and social   chapter. To make a difference through politics,
                         interaction. Eventually, having nothing but free   help with fundraisers or join an active campaign.
                         time goes from relaxing to isolating, and that can   If you want to stay closer to home, check out your
                         be dangerous to your physical and mental health.   local homeowners association. There are plenty
                         When planning for retirement, it’s important to   of ways to engage with like-minded people while
                         plan ways to stay active and engaged. Joining a   making a difference.
                         new organization or club can be a huge benefit.
                         Here are a few suggestions to help you stay     TRY SOMETHING NEW
                         active in retirement.
                                                                         Don’t know where to start when looking for a
                         ENJOY YOUR HOBBIES                              group to join? Start online! Try searching “groups
                                                                         for retirees” and see what comes up. You might
                         Did you spend years dreaming about hitting      discover a travel group and start planning your
                         the golf course every day? While it can be      trip to Asia. Or maybe you’ll have more fun
                         nice to spend some time alone on the green,     mentoring young people in your professional
                         consider joining a golfers club if you want to   field. Don’t be afraid to spend your retirement
                         mix things up. Enjoy scrapbooking? Check for    doing something new!
                         get-togethers at the craft shop. If you’ve always
                         wanted to try pottery, look for a class at the rec   There’s nothing wrong with enjoying your alone
                         center. It’s easy to find groups dedicated to just   time, but don’t let your alone time turn into a
                         about any activity.                             lonely retirement. Joining a group can help you
                                                                         broaden your social circle, stay active, and maybe
                         GET INVOLVED                                    even learn something new about yourself.
                         Think of the causes you’re passionate about and
                         get involved! Animal shelters and soup kitchens


      BARRE-ING IT ALL


      BURN FAT WITH THIS BALLET WORKOUT




       If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a   combines the muscle-sculpting          WHAT’S THE DOWNSIDE?
       ballerina, barre might be the perfect   capabilities of barre with the calorie-
       workout for you. With classes and      torching efforts of HIIT.              Despite barre’s ability to tone and
       studios popping up across the country,                                        shape with precision, there are some
       barre is trending. You don’t need the   WHO SHOULD DO IT?                     limits. Those looking to lose weight will
       grace of a dancer to get the most out   Anyone can incorporate a barre routine   not find the results they crave from
       of this ballet-inspired workout.                                              barre. Likewise, if you are living with
                                              into their fitness regimen. However,   diabetes or other chronic conditions
       WHAT IS IT?                            there are some demographics that       where cardiovascular workouts are
                                              can benefit most from a barre-style    ideal, barre isn’t the best choice.
       Derived from ballet, barre focuses     workout. Because barre involves low-   However, like most fitness routines,
       on flexibility, strength, and toning.   impact moves, it’s great for women    barre is a great workout to weave into
       Students learn common ballet poses     who are pregnant, people with arthritis,   your regimen. For example, rather than
       and do low-impact movements that       and those just dipping their toes into   relying on it for weight loss, use it to
       burn fat and strengthen the smaller    the world of fitness. The injury risk with   boost your stability and strength for
       muscles that are often missed in       barre is low, and those who struggle   other workouts.
       strength training and cardio routines.   with balance will see an improvement.
       Routines can range from using          Additionally, most moves within a     The beauty of a barre workout is that
       weights to relying solely on the body,   barre routine involve progressions, so   it’s flexible. Find a routine and style
       while adaptations in barre can be      if a position becomes too strenuous,   that is best for you and be prepared
       more complex. For example, barre       students can scale back to a lower     for how amazing your muscles will feel.
       high-intensity interval training (HIIT)   progression.                        (Once the burn fades away, of course.)

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