Planning for an Active Life in Retirement


The growing generation of Baby Boomers leaving work are transforming retirement life from endless leisure to a chance for discovering, learning, and practicing a myriad of new life skills. Whether through sharing expertise, staying physically and mentally active, or improving health consciousness, the new retiree is investing in people and perspective. With these new priorities in mind, here are a few ways you can plan for an active life in your upcoming retirement.

Stay Fit

Whether you’ve been a tireless marathon runner through your younger days or a lazy couch potato, it’s never too late to boost your activity level and get in shape. While it may be tempting to strive for a weight goal, start with the more modest aim of gaining energy and stamina.

The active residents at Sky Valley enjoy everything from gentle aquatic aerobics and lap swimming to intensive pickleball and tennis clubs. A recently updated fitness room and demo classes let you train muscles for everyday activities like sitting and standing, in a step between physical therapy and more aggressive exercise. Yoga classes improve flexibility and core strength. Walking and hiking clubs offer a chance to stretch your legs in the great outdoors.

Stay Sharp

Keeping your mind in tune is another great opportunity in retirement. With more time to read, take classes, and practice new skills, there are endless opportunities to learn something new. Journaling, scrapbooking, or memoir-writing are all great ways to exercise your creative muscle and keep your brain in tune. 

Join a book club or start your own bible study at Sky Valley to read and discuss novels or nonfiction. Learn something new, like chess or puzzles, to think in a new way and make some new friends at the same time. And with College of the Desert a mere 20 minutes away, it’s never too late to take a course or explore a subject in which you’ve always had a lingering curiosity.

Stay Healthy

Diet is a huge concern for most retirees. With the myriad of fresh fruits and vegetables available throughout the year in Southern California, it’s never been easier to make healthy eating a part of your lifestyle. Need some inspiration? Join the TIny Kitchen Cooking Club at Caliente Springs for new ideas of quick and healthy meals to prepare. Swap recipes and share resources with other healthy eaters and teachers. Perhaps you’ll even discover some new vegetables!

Stay Involved

After achievements in your career and family life, what’s next? Many retirees find themselves reflecting on what kind of legacy to leave behind. What skills, experiences, or perspectives can you pass on to the next generation? Keep busy by keeping up with the lives of your grandkids, or mentoring a young person following the same career path. Consider volunteering some time to participate in a child’s life and make a difference. Connect with us to discover volunteer opportunities in Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs, and the neighboring communities.

Welcome to your active retirement life at Sky Valley Resort!

Jen Hasselbeck