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The link between fitness and general health

It’s well known that physical fitness has a significant impact on your health and well-being, but how does this evolve as you get older? You’ll be pleased to know that there are additional benefits to building and maintaining fitness, during retirement and beyond.

Physical fitness is linked to both short and long-term health benefits. Regular exercise helps contribute and unlock these benefits as your fitness increases over time.

These benefits help improve your:

  • Cardiovascular health
  • Weight management
  • Blood cholesterol levels
  • Blood pressure
  • Bone density and strength
  • Muscles and joints
  • Immune system
  • Overall mood and mental well being

Whether it’s taking the stairs or walking to the shops, daily choices can help build active habits, contributing to overall fitness.

Staying fit as you age

Physical fitness is not only key to general health, it plays an important part in healthy ageing, especially your quality of life and longevity. But beyond just extending our years, fitness is vital in how you progress with age.

Maintain and improve your mobility

Increased range of motion

Having strength and flexibility enhances your range of motion, for example, being able to reach something on the ground. Having your full range of motion goes a long way in boosting your physical independence for as long as possible.

Reduced chance of injury

The ability to maintain balance and agility also reduces your chances of injury, from falling or other coordination related accidents. You are less likely to trip on the stairs or fall on the bus if it takes a sharp turn.

Strengthen your heart

Increase stamina

Did you know that regular cardio helps your heart grow stronger? This means it will become more efficient at pumping blood around your body. With increased muscle strength, your heart is less likely to fail you anytime soon, making it more achievable to avoid heart disease.

Make everyday activities easier

Improved endurance means that everyday activities will be much easier. For example, vacuuming the floor, or carrying heavy items around, such as grocery bags. Again, this means more independence for yourself, as you won’t need to rely on day-to-day help.

Helps sleep, memory & energy

Get a better sleep

Sleep cycles are supported by circadian rhythms – the body’s ability to become alert during daytime and drowsy at night. Exercising regularly can help strengthen your body clock, allowing you to get a quality slumber and more of it! This, in turn, helps with memory retention and replenishes energy levels.

Improve memory

By getting quality sleep, you’ll be able to improve your ability to remember. This is because while you sleep, your brain is consolidating and organising memories. This process is essential for delaying age-related cognitive decline, keeping memory-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s, at bay.

Have more energy

Exercise gets the blood flowing, increasing your heart rate and releasing endorphins. Increased blood flow and oxygen support your body with more energy, enabling you to do more with your day. Imagine if you had an extra burst of energy each day, what would you do?

Supports mental well-being

Elevate your mood & support your immune system

Natural chemicals called endorphins are released by the brain when triggered from exercise. Endorphins contribute to general happiness and are natural combatants to stress. Not only that, these hormones support your immune function and reduce the chances of depression.

Mental acuity

Stay sharp with improved thinking, reasoning and concentration skills. Being active supports and stimulates new blood vessels in the brain. Psychologists have even done research that has proven creativity is improved from exercise. Enjoy painting or other creative outlets? Staying active will offer more than just health benefits – your artwork could see a difference too!

Fitting exercise into a retirement lifestyle

There are many ways to include extra activity into your life, whether it is deliberate, or simply changing some habits.

Daily habits and opportunities:

  • Take the staircase instead of an elevator
  • Walk somewhere instead of driving
  • Take the dog for a walk
  • Swap your chair for a resistance ball

Popular cardiovascular activities include:

  • Aerobics
  • Dance
  • Swimming

Activities to improve flexibility and strength include:

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
For more ideas, check out this article also by Greenfields Living: Six ways to keep fit into your retirement

There are plenty of reasons to stay fit, and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle only increase as you grow older. Apart from reducing the onset of age-related conditions, keeping fit allows you to maintain independence, as well as improve your quality of life.

If you live in a retirement village you’ll have the added advantage of being surrounded by a community of like-minded individuals, who can provide moral support and company on your fitness journey. This is a great way to increase motivation by making exercise more enjoyable and social.

It’s never too late to start. If an active, and independent retirement sounds like something you’d be interested in, get in touch to find out how active senior living at Greenfields could benefit your health. Start the conversation

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After years of saving, planning and looking forward to your retirement, it’s time to ask yourself: “Where should I retire to?”

When deciding where to live in retirement, it’s important to consider what retirement lifestyle you’re seeking. If you want to enjoy a rewarding, affordable and active retirement in a tropical location (but without leaving Australia), then Darwin in the Northern Territory might be the place for you!

Here are our top reasons why Darwin is the best place to retire…

The tropical, warm weather

Skip winter forever and make the move to Darwin for warm weather year-round. The weather in Darwin and the Northern Territory is famous for being warm, lush and pleasant all year round. In the wet season, from November to April, you’ll experience high humidity and temperatures up to 33C while watching some incredible storms roll across the ocean. Each wet season brings new life to the landscape, including wildflowers and grasses. During the dry season, from May to October, you can expect warm days up to 32C and cooler evenings, with clear, blue skies that stretch for as far as you can see.

The beautiful scenery

The Northern Territory is home to some of the most stunning scenery in the world and Darwin provides the perfect base for exploring some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, including Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge and Uluru. From natural springs, billabongs, wetlands and waterfalls to tropical gardens, sandy red deserts and colourful sunsets over the ocean, you’ll be mesmerised by each and every sight.

The multicultural atmosphere

Darwin has a multicultural atmosphere like no other city in Australia. The diversity in accents, languages, food, arts and culture creates a city that is full of vibrant colour, catchy sounds and delicious smells. The various markets and festivals held throughout the year are a testament to the multiculturalism within the state. Sample a range of delicious food from around the globe at the Palmerston Markets while you enjoy the multicultural dancers and Rainbow Lorikeets!

The delicious food

Thanks to the variety of cultures and nationalities living in Darwin and the Northern Territory, the top end’s food culture is booming. On Wharf One, you can tuck into the freshest catch while watching the ocean waves. Head to Mindil Beach for the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and try some spicy Indian or flavoursome Indonesian. On Darwin’s foreshore, you’ll find a variety of food trucks with different cuisines to sample.

The art and cultural activities

Image from Tourism Top End.

Darwin and the Northern Territory is brimming with fascinating local history, art and culture. Head to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) and learn about the history of the top end, including World War II and Cyclone Tracy, and take in some of the artworks on display from South East Asian, Australian and Aboriginal artists. The MAGNT is Darwin’s premier cultural institution and, with a collection of over 1.2 million natural history specimens and 30,000 art and material culture items, you’re sure to discover something new each time you visit!

The festivals and events

The Northern Territory’s social calendar is jam-packed with festivals, parties and cultural events.

If you’re into star-gazing, head to Uluru and take part in their Astronomy Weekend for the best night-sky views you’ll ever see. Watch the dust fly at the Alice Springs Camel Cup, catch the latest in alternative and independent films at the Darwin International Film Festival or immerse yourself in the artwork and stories of Desert Mob, one of the most important Aboriginal art and cultural events in the nation.

Don’t forget about the fabulous Darwin Festival which is held each August in the tropical Top End – enjoy cabaret, theatre, dance and outdoor concerts under the stars for 18 glorious days and nights!

The holiday possibilities

Darwin is often called Australia’s gateway to Asia, and for good reason. Instead of making the trip from Adelaide, Melbourne or Sydney, skip the layover and take off on your next holiday direct from Darwin, and fly non-stop to Singapore, Bali, Manila or Kuala Lumpur.

The wildlife and natural surrounds

The Northern Territory is bursting with beautiful native wildlife and flora. You can spot native wildlife in national parks, wildlife reserves, along the Adelaide River and along the coast. A great way to see the wildlife of Darwin is on a guided tour or by taking a leisurely stroll through a national park or reserve. Of course, we couldn’t mention wildlife without referring to the crocodile population in the NT. The ratio of crocodiles to humans is almost 1-1, which means you’ll definitely come across one or two of these amazing creatures in the waterways around Darwin and in the wider Northern Territory.

The fishing is fantastic

Simply put, the fishing in the top end is something else entirely. Explore huge rivers and gorges, inland billabongs and creeks, and, of course, the spectacular ocean and coastline.

The Northern Territory is best known for barramundi, but it’s also home to giant trevally, queenfish, golden snapper, coral trout and Spanish mackerel, among others. Hire a boat or bring your own – you don’t want to miss out on one of Darwin’s favourite weekend past times. If you want to put your fishing skills to the test, why not try your luck at catching one of the Million Dollar tagged Barra in the Million Dollar Fish competition?

Are you looking for the perfect place to retire?

Contact our friendly team at Greenfields Living and find out for yourself why Darwin could be your retirement dream come true.

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Making the move into a retirement village is a significant lifestyle choice, and you need to carefully consider your future wants and needs.

If you’re starting to think about your retirement and looking at downsizing your family home to something that requires less maintenance, a retirement village could be a suitable option for you. An independent living community can offer security and a sense of safety, while providing a social, active and vibrant community around you. A great way to approach this exciting milestone in your life is research all available options available, keeping in mind what you really want out of your retirement.

What is the perfect age to move into a retirement village?

The simple answer is that there is no perfect age; it’s a very personal decision that suits different people at different stages of their life. You are eligible to move into a retirement community from 55 years of age, even while you are in full-time or part-time employment. An increasing number of younger senior Australians are moving into purpose-built retirement communities, however there is a misconception that retirement villages are only a last-resort for those who don’t feel confident living in their own home any more. Retirement villages are a great option for retirees who want to live independent, maintenance free, active lifestyles.

A retirement community isn’t a nursing home

Making the choice to live among a community of like-minded people at an earlier stage of your retirement often makes a huge difference to your retirement experience. There is no perfect age to move into a retirement village; it’s a very personal decision made at the time that suits you. However, planning your retirement as early as possible means you will be completely informed on your available options and ultimately make the right decision for your unique circumstances.

Move in early, enjoy your retirement for longer

Moving into a retirement village at an earlier time in your retirement means you’ll be able to enjoy your retirement for longer, without the added stress of mortgages, home maintenance, garden care or security if you go away on extended holidays. Retirement villages are designed to give you the ideal lifestyle and offer a range of customisable services designed to support your health and happiness.

More time to live an active, healthy life

Retirement villages extend your ability to live independently by providing safe, secure community environments with an active and social atmosphere. Take away the stress of home and garden maintenance – retirement village residents have more time to enjoy their retirement with family and friends, take up new hobbies and make new and form lasting friendships.

Participating in social activities or learning something new helps to keep your mind and body active and healthy, helping you to feel younger for longer. Retirement villages often maintain your home and garden for you, so you have more time to spend doing the things you love but never used to have enough time for, like playing sports, caring for your grandchildren or even travelling the world!

Live independently within a safe, supportive community

Independent living communities, like those provided by Greenfields Living, are communities full of like-minded retirees who live active, independent lives, without the hassle and financial responsibility of home ownership. A retirement village can offer security and safety as you live an active, independent lifestyle.

The tight-knit, community feel of a retirement village offers countless opportunities to join social groups and activities, with the freedom and independence of your own personal space. Without the ongoing hassle of home maintenance, you’re able to head off on those long-awaited holidays without worrying about who’s going to look after your home while you’re gone. Enjoy your retirement, the way you want!

When the time comes, help is on hand

Joining a vibrant retirement community can be an exciting step towards living your best retirement life, but you might also be thinking ahead about your future care needs. In many retirement villages, you are able to access in-home care services if and when the need arises. If you need assistance with grocery shopping, cleaning those hard-to-reach places in your home or in-home nursing, there are countless home care providers available around Australia that can help. By seeking some help with minor tasks when you need it, you’ll be able to stay active and remain living independently for as long as possible.

Do you want to know more about the retirement options available to you? Contact us now for more information.
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On the 26th April residents at Tiwi Gardens were treated to a wonderful visit from several Dripstone Duke of Edinburgh students, in light of their recent commemoration of Anzac Day.

The students enjoyed talking with the residents and were inspired by their wealth of knowledge and experience! The students prepared speeches that told some of the stories of Darwin soldiers from WWI, which were all very received by the residents.

They concluded the visit with a beautiful morning tea. Thank you to the students and residents for sharing!

 

 

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Greenfields Living would love to see you at our open day at our seniors living community – Durack Gardens, 91 Packard Avenue, Durack NT

Come and have a light morning tea with us and meet our friendly Greenfields Living team!

We will have all of our available villas open for viewing, and will be available to answer any questions you may have about our welcoming community or individual villas.

For more information please call 1300 669 755. We hope to see you there!

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Greenfields Living would love to see you at our open day at our seniors living community – Tiwi Gardens, 135 Tiwi Gardens, Tiwi NT

Come and have a light morning tea with us and meet our friendly Greenfields Living team!

We will have all of our available villas open for viewing, and will be available to answer any questions you may have about our welcoming community or individual villas.

For more information please call 1300 669 755. We hope to see you there!

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Greenfields Living would love to see you at our open day at our seniors living community – Durack Gardens, 91 Packard Avenue, Durack NT

Come and have a light morning tea with us and meet our friendly Greenfields Living team!

We will have all of our available villas open for viewing, and will be available to answer any questions you may have about our welcoming community or individual villas.

For more information please call 1300 669 755. We hope to see you there!

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Greenfields Living would love to see you at our open day at our seniors living community – Tiwi Gardens, 135 Tiwi Gardens, Tiwi NT

Come and have a light morning tea with us and meet our friendly Greenfields Living team!

We will have all of our available villas open for viewing, and will be available to answer any questions you may have about our welcoming community or individual villas.

For more information please call 1300 669 755. We hope to see you there!

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Greenfields Living would love to see you at our open day at our seniors living community – Tiwi Gardens, 135 Tiwi Gardens, Tiwi NT

Come and have a light morning tea with us and meet our friendly Greenfields Living team!

We will have all of our available villas open for viewing, and will be available to answer any questions you may have about our welcoming community or individual villas.

For more information please call 1300 669 755. We hope to see you there!

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Greenfields Living would love to see you at our open day at our seniors living community – Durack Gardens, 91 Packard Avenue, Durack NT

Come and have a light morning tea with us and meet our friendly Greenfields Living team!

We will have all of our available villas open for viewing, and will be available to answer any questions you may have about our welcoming community or individual villas.

For more information please call 1300 669 755. We hope to see you there!

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