Retire in an Active Lifestyle Community

by Robert Borges on January 25, 2024

You may have planned financially for retirement, but what’s your plan for living a long healthy lifestyle?

Retirement is a perfect time to improve your health and ramp up your fitness routine. In fact, physical activity is a necessary ingredient for a better retirement. Many active adult and 55+ retirement communities are specifically designed to help residents maintain an active lifestyle throughout their golden years. Fitness centers, swimming pools, tennis & pickleball courts, and walking trails are just some of the amenities that are keeping residents fit. Communities often have on-site specialists who monitor your health and help you plan a healthy diet.

The benefits of staying fit in retirement range from improved quality of life to saving thousands annually on medical expenses. The CDC recommends that adults 65 and older get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week. Even moderate physical activity, such as walking, can reduce the risk of falling, fracturing bones, and developing high blood pressure and diabetes. Why not make it easier to live a healthy lifestyle by retiring in a community with on-site fitness facilities?

Retiring in an active lifestyle community has become an increasingly popular choice for many individuals seeking a vibrant and fulfilling post-career life. Besides the built-in social network these communities offer to retirees to forge new friendships and maintain an active social life, the range of amenities are designed to support a healthy and dynamic way of living. Access to well-equipped fitness centers, walking and biking trails, golf courses, and recreational spaces allows residents to stay physically active and maintain a wellness-focused lifestyle. The emphasis on health and fitness contributes to an improved overall quality of life, promoting both mental and physical well-being. Additionally, the convenience of having these facilities within proximity makes it easier for retirees to incorporate regular exercise into their daily routines.

Check out these featured active adult retirement communities that will keep you intellectually stimulated in an environment that will keep you active and physically fit for years to come.

On Top of the World Communities
Ocala, Florida

On Top of The World Active Adult Retirement Community

With more than 300,000 square feet of recreational amenities, this 55+ community offers active adults three golf courses, tennis courts, recreation centers, swimming, tennis, fitness classes, and more than 200 clubs and organizations. Plus, take your exercise outside at the Power Park – providing all the benefits of exercising in the gym combined with social time. A full-time planner is dedicated to organizing year-round recreational activities. Learn more

Compass Pointe
Leland, North Carolina

Compass Point Active Adult Retirement Community

In addition to a state-of-the-art 7,000-square-foot fitness center, this award-winning North Carolina community features two full-service amenity centers, a shopping village, and 1,000 acres of preserved wildlife sanctuaries. It's a haven for active adults with an onsite 18-hole golf course as well as freshwater lakes for canoeing, kayaking, and more.  Learn more

Summit at Liberty
Rio Vista, California

Summit at Liberty Active Adult Retirement Community

Inside this California active adult community is the $9 million amenity complex--a social and recreational hub with 4.5 acres of amenities including a clubhouse, swimming pool, fitness center, community garden, bocce ball courts, and more. There is also an Events Barn with an art studio, business lounge, and plenty of space for large-scale events. Lighted tennis and pickleball courts can be found at the community’s Racquet Center.  Learn more

Cresswind Lakewood Ranch
Lakewood Ranch, Florida

Cresswind Lakewood Ranch Active Adult Retirement Community

This active retirement community in Florida offers a variety of amenities, including a resident-exclusive clubhouse, fitness center with EGYM circuit training and cardio studio, arts and crafts room, social clubs, tennis & pickleball courts, resort-style and resistance swimming pools, and more. Residents also have quick access to Lakewood Ranch’s golf courses, polo club, 75-acre sports campus, schools, shops & restaurants, and hospital.  Learn more

Lake Arrowhead
Waleska, GA

Lake Arrowhead Active Adult Retirement Community

This community in Georgia features a full range of recreational amenities including two swimming pools, tennis and pickleball courts, 16+ miles of nature trails, community parks, a sandy beach, a private marina, and disc golf to name a few. With crystal clear waters and depths over 80 feet, Lake Arrowhead is ranked as one of the cleanest lakes in the state and is ideal for pontoon boating, canoeing, kayaking, row boating, and small craft sailing. Residents stay active and connected with year-round activities such as outdoor concerts, drive-in movies, golf tournaments, wine tastings, health and wellness classes, and more.  Learn more

Heritage Shores
Bridgeville, Delaware

Heritage Shores Active Adult Retirement Community

Ideally located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Heritage Shores has been honored as one of the Best 55+ Active Adult Communities, and is a repeat winner of the Best Retirement Community by Metropolitan Magazine. Members enjoy an award-winning clubhouse, a health & wellness center, swimming pools, tennis, and three restaurants with a variety of cuisines. Learn more

Trilogy® in Summerlin®
Las Vegas, Nevada

Trilogy in Summerlin Active Adult Retirement Community

Located in Las Vegas, this community's Outlook Club is perfect for retirees looking to stay social and engaged. Residents have access to a culinary kitchen, a second-floor sports and media deck, a resort-style pool, a fully equipped fitness center and movement studio, a dog park, a Zen garden, pickleball and bocce courts, an events and meeting space, and more. Learn more

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