Keep Cool and Enjoy a Summer Read

If you’re tired of reading about COVID-19, social distancing, and face masks, you’re not alone! How about a little summertime distraction? August is the perfect time for some lazy reading time. Find some shade, pour your favorite beverage and check out these fun stories you may have missed.

The 9 Types of People You’ll Meet in Retirement

The globetrotter. The tireless mover. The workhorse. Do any of those retiree “types” sound familiar to you? “Everyone’s experience in retirement is unique,” write the authors of this article. “But there are some characterizations we can draw from data collected in various surveys and studies of retirees.” Very interesting – and entertaining. The authors note you may want to adopt some of these behaviors to make the most of your retirement. Others, not so much. Check it out.

An exercise “prescription” based on your genes?

Are you an all-out, no-sweat-no-glory exerciser? Or do you try to get by with the bare minimum? Your genes may be in the driver’s seat here. Besides studying how genes influence our bodies’ responses to physical activity, researchers are also looking at how exercise affects people’s bodies differently. In fact, they’re even exploring how it affects your microbes. “The end goal is to be able to provide an exercise ‘prescription’ that is optimal for each person, so they can gain the most benefit,” says one researcher. Check it out.

The octogenarian fashion models

A Taiwanese couple in their 80s who own a laundry went along with their grandson’s idea to set up an Instagram account. The idea was to tackle their boredom by dressing up in abandoned clothes and posting the pictures online. International stardom ensued as the two – you guessed it – went viral. The grandson suggested his grandparents “reinterpret fashion, hoping to let everyone know that age is not a barrier to have fun in fashion.” Mission accomplished! Get the story and some inspiring fashion pics here. If you’re on Instagram, their account is @WantShowAsYoung. Maybe you’ll be playing in your closet tomorrow?

While you’re reading and relaxing this August, remember to protect yourself from the summer heat. Drink plenty of fluids, keep your home or room as cool as possible, and stay indoors during the hottest part of the day. 

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