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You Should Retire Here: New Survey Names 5 Best Retirement Destinations

If you’re contemplating a place to retire, USA Today has come up with a list that ranks U.S. states by cost of living, health care quality, crime, cultural vitality, weather, taxes, senior citizens’ wellbeing and the prevalence of other seniors. Surprisingly, none of the top five is in a tropical or fairly southern, warmer climate that would offer more sun — and vitamin D — than northern states.

While it’s nice to be able to move to wherever you want to go, the reality is that not everybody has that luxury, retired or not. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead for your retirement by taking care of your body now, so you can age in the best health possible, no matter where you call home. Starting with a positive attitude about your age, studies show that a positive perception can give you as much as 7.5 years of longer life.

While we’re talking about mind over matter, it’s also been shown that your mental outlook can affect your physical health. Centenarians interviewed on the matter said living with passion, staying mental active, engaging in physical exercise and eating good food were also “secrets” to a long life.

When it comes to exercise, it’s never too late to begin, especially strength training, something my own mother didn’t begin until she was 74. Just start slowly and gradually increase your intensity while listening to your body. Tai chi and yoga are other exercises that can improve balance and mobility, and which anyone can try at any age. And, remember — walking is always an option, and it costs you nothing.
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