How Empty Nesters Can Benefit from an Active Lifestyle

Posted by Silvernest Team on May 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM


Empty nest syndrome is not a vague, theoretical issue—it’s a real problem impacting millions. According to the Mayo Clinic, grown-up kids’ transition out of the home can lead to their parents feeling sadness, loss and disconnection.

On the other hand, this major life transition also represents opportunity to rediscover old hobbies, find new interests and make new connections. An active lifestyle is important at all stages of life, but even more critical if you’re an empty nester. It creates a foundation of mental and physical health that allows you to stay independent and in your home for years to come.

Learn more ways to cope with empty nest syndrome on our blog.

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How Active Do I Really Have to Be?

An active lifestyle can mean anything from vigorous physical exercise like jogging or tennis to social activities such as team card games or group lunches. Walking a 5K, going to a baseball game or simply meeting friends for coffee all “count” as active.

Staying active has mental and physical benefits—and the two often go hand-in-hand. A study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco found that older adults who experienced mental decline could significantly improve memory and thinking through physical exercise, and “the amount of activity is more important than the type.” In other words, any physical activity is better than none.

Mental and Physical Benefits of an Active Lifestyle

There are numerous studies linking physical activity with improved ability and wellbeing—both physical and mental. Findings include:

  • Increasing physical activity increases oxygen to the brain, which may help improve cognitive function.
  • A simple walking program can significantly reduce the symptoms of depression for people age 60+.
  • Staying active reduces the chance of injury, improves balance and strengthens joints and muscles.
  • Exercise and physical activity can also reduce the risk of falls.

One Unexpected Benefit

We all know physical activity is good for us, but what about socializing and dining with friends?

According to a study of hospitalized seniors, dining together can have significant unexpected impacts. The Mental Health Foundation also promotes the social, biological, and psychological benefits of sharing meals. When we eat together, we tend to consume more food and receive better nutrition, which can help prevent age-related health issues caused by malnutrition.

According to the Center for Advancing Health, socially active adults display aging indicators at a slower rate, and a study from Brigham Young University prescribes social connection for living longer—and healthier.

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Production Planning And Tips For The Manufacturing Process

As you progress with your business, you start to think about other avenues you can explore when it comes to keeping things under the same umbrella. Production and manufacturing may once have been something you outsourced, or used separately, but, it could potentially from part of your business strategy if you take the right steps to make it happen. Production planning and the manufacturing process may seem overwhelming, but here are the top tips to help you through it.

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The costs involved

Initially, as a business, you will have been paying a premium for your products that you sell to be manufactured elsewhere. You pay not just the extra in terms of the labour, but also logistics to get it from point A to point B. Whereas, keeping the manufacturing element within your own business could get rid of those extra costs altogether. You have to reliever that there will still be production costs, but they are at the lowest level. The only initial thing you need to think about would be set up costs, which as an investment, could be worthwhile in the long term.

How you will do it?

Manufacturing your own products will seem daunting at first, and there will be different options that you can choose to help you do it. Creating the products through a production line is the main element to consider, and this is where you will decide on a human production line, a mix of both people and AI or even just glowing down the robotic route. Websites like have an array of options for machines that you can use. Many choose to have a mixture of the two, so you have robotics and AI for accuracy, and people in terms of quality control.

Where you will do it?

The next thing to think about might be the location in which you choose to manufacturer, and again there can be one big indicator of this, cost. You will be trying to deplete the big costs in terms of logistics, but at the same time, you will want to ensure that you choose the right place for the other costs involved such as the building, and the general day to day running of the factory. There will be a lot to consider, so make sure you weigh up all the options available to you.

Major benefits

Finally, will there be any major benefits for you as a business owner to start the manufacturing process instead of keeping things as they were? The big saving overall can be cost. You will have the initial investment, but once the running of the factory has taken place the lower costs of production will soon narrow the gap. The other thing to remember is the control aspect. You have control of the production line and at the same time can ask for changes to be made as and when needed. There is no chain of command to follow, or another business owner asking you to wait. You have the control to pick and choose exactly how it operates.

Let’s hope that these tips and steps help you on the path to production planning and manufacturing within your business.

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