If you are someone who loves spending time with nature or enjoys the cool evening breeze by the lake, then retiring in Portage, IN, might just be what you need. Even if you are someone that has never thought about spending time with nature or simply never had the opportunity to do so before retirement, then we highly recommend you to do so now that you have all the time in the world. After all, spending time with nature at the lakeside can be a therapeutic and enjoyable experience, and it can even offer you certain health benefits.
Benefits of Spending Time at the Lakeside
Being cooped up at home, which is a scenario common in many older adults after retirement, has been known to be detrimental to one’s physical and mental health. Staying home naturally decreases the chances of social interaction, which will potentially lead to loneliness, depression, or even memory-related conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. As such, it is highly recommended to set some time aside to go outdoors and spend time with nature. The activities you engage in don’t have to be extremely taxing physically and can even be something as simple as enjoying the scenery at the lakeside or taking a walk by the lakeside. Such activities will also allow you to keep your muscles loose and maintain good physical fitness. Occasional walking also helps to strengthen the balancing muscles in our body, something that is important for older adults. After all, older adults are much more at risk of falling, and the injuries they sustain also tend to be more severe as compared to younger adults.
Over the years, numerous research has been done to find out the health benefits associated with spending time in a natural environment. Results suggest that doing so leads to a reduction in stress levels, lowered blood pressure, and helps us keep a positive outlook on life.
Lakes Located in the Vicinity of Portage, IN
Here at Portage, residents have the freedom to choose from numerous scenic lakes to enjoy an evening walk at or a day out with friends and family. Read on to see a non-exhaustive list of some of the lakes and parks located around Portage, IN:
- Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. This area offers a serene sky, clean bathroom facilities, and an optimal spot to admire white seagulls and wildflowers. Within the area, numerous walkways, bike paths, as well as ramps are available so there is no need to worry about difficult maneuvering. If you are planning to take a trip here, however, do take note that the area is closed on Mondays.
- Mount Baldy. Mount Baldy is a unique sand dune located in the Indiana Dunes National Park. Due to its slightly moving position every year, the dune is also known as the “living dune”.
- Rogers-Lakewood Park.
In retirement, we believe that transportation limitations should not stop one from going where they want to go. As such, our Connections Transportation program provides every resident here at Rittenhouse Village at Portage complimentary transportation service.