Retirement can boost positive changes in lifestyle

Individuals who retire become more physically active, reduce their sitting time, are less likely to smoke, and have healthier sleep patterns, when compared with people who are still working, finds a new research.

“A major life change like retirement creates a great window of opportunity to make positive lifestyle changes — it’s a chance to get rid of bad routines and engineer new, healthier behaviours,” said lead researcher Melody Ding, senior research fellow at the University of Sydney in Australia.

The results of the study showed that the amount of physical activity in retirees increased by 93 minutes a week.

Their sedentary time decreased by 67 minutes per day and sleep time increased by 11 minutes per day.

Further, 50 percent of female smokers stopped smoking after their retirement.

In terms of sedentary time, the largest reduction in sitting time occurred in people who lived in urban areas and had higher educational levels.

The differences were significant even after adjusting for factors such as age, sex, urban/rural residence, marital status and education, the researchers maintained.

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