Kristina is a mom of 5-year-old triplets, raising them in Tucson with her husband, also named Chris. She is a freelance writer.
Retirement life is still far away for me - I still have five-year-old triplets to rear! While my own personal days of winding down are years from now, I'll be taking inspiration from three retirees who are showing that living a full, active life with purpose is something to look forward to! Meet Tina, Mary and Marnie - all strong, fun-loving retirees who were kind enough to share what they've been up to since they've been retired. From grandkids, traveling and volunteering, it's easy to see that reaching this milestone in life can lead to healthy and active lifestyles!
Tina Barton, Phoenix Area: "Daily walking around our retirement community has kept me lean, active and busy. This is needed as a grandmother of seven grandchildren! They are always running around and I love that I can still keep up with them. Walking with weights every other day has also become habit of mine. Do something that keeps you busy... it's not just for your body, but it keeps your mind sharp as well!"
Tina also volunteers every Tuesday at her church. "It was very difficult during 2020 when we were - and still are - figuring out how to serve our people during the pandemic. There is always something to do and someone to help, and with time and care, you can always find a way!"
Longtime friend Mario Panne was happy to share insight on what it's like to work his ever-active friend. "Tina is always so active, always up and about! Whether it's walking around our neighborhood, or keeping up with her grandkids or running events at the church, she's very rarely idle. Her energy is no match," he shared.
Mary Cotton, Southern California: "WORK OUT! Don’t let your age stop you from doing something new. After some initial aches and pains, you will feel better. Even walking with some 2 pound weights will increase your stamina and improve your well-being. My workouts are all so varied, never the same, which is why I have been with Tom for over 16 years." *Mary works out with Tom Green from the GreenSpeed Training Facility. Mary also elaborated on her work with Tom (who was given the gift of a personal trainer on her 50th birthday from her husband!): "The pounds dropped off and my body became stronger and stronger. I’m not the skinniest person around but I am fit. And, I get to enjoy my favorite foods! More than that, Tom did more for my injuries than prescribed physical therapy. He also strongly suggested I start yoga which has given me all kinds of benefits."
Tom was also happy to share about his training with Mary. "Mary is always an inspiration for everyone in the gym. As she "trains for life" she's able to travel the world and experience new adventures because of her consistent strength and conditioning training. I look forward to hearing her stories and looking at the photos from all the cool places she travels to. I certainly hope to be like her one day," he said.
Marnie McNichols, Utah Valley Area: "I'm not nearly as fit or agile as I was when I was younger, but running has always been my "thing." It was such a thrill and joy when my granddaughters started running with me! I love seeing them grow not just physically, but with discipline as well. I love that we can share this active lifestyle in my retired years together."
Her cousin Edith Perez finds inspiration with Marnie, too. "Marnie is a terrific example of how you don't have to "retire" from what you love even if you are retired work-wise! She also loves to dance and swim, and I take cues from her to join. I thought I was too old myself as well, but when you have fun and you are with great company, it doesn't even feel like we are "working out." Surrounding yourself with people like Marnie keeps you young, too!"