Friday, July 1, 2016

The Importance of Physical Fitness in Retirement

After having created New York’s Blackstone Group’s first in-house hedge fund in 2002, Steven Saslow retired 2007, but continues to act as a consultant and mentors students and young professionals interested in a career in finance. In his free time away from his work at Blackstone, Steven Saslow is passionate about physical fitness, and stays active through yoga, pilates, hiking, and climbing, and acts as an athletics and weightlifting coach.

While retirement offers an excellent opportunity to take the time to start working on an active fitness regime, many people over age 60 don’t exercise at all - around 30 percent tend to be sedentary in this age range in the US. As it turns out, physical decline as we age may be much more the fault of not exercising than it is the natural process of getting older. Exercise in retirement can help prevent muscle and bone density loss, and improve balance which can help prevent falls.

Exercise can also help with a range of other issues like pain, chronic disease, and stress, and an active lifestyle can contribute to a healthy social life, which is especially important in retirement. With extra free time and the loss of social opportunities that were provided by daily work, fitness classes or community center gyms can provide a space for retirees to meet other people and enjoy their workout, which will almost certainly to lead to better physical and mental health.

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