Staying active and engaged in a healthy community may even help you live longer. "I certainly don't recommend a treadmill or jogging," says Eric Tangalos, a Mayo Clinic physician who specializes in geriatric medicine. "But walking, bicycling, swimming, and Thai-chi especially are great and preserve the joints. You should be sweating." Budding up with a neighbor can produce even better results. "Networks of friends and family and active social engagement are associated with better mental and physical health and lower death rates," says Gene Cohen, director of the Center on Aging, Health & Humanities at George Washington University.
There's no better time than retirement to focus on your health. By choosing the best place for a healthy retirement, you can bet you'll look forward to personal fulfillment and a longer life. Oh, and feel free to break some myths along the way.
U.S. News writers profile 10 healthy retirement spots around the country to whet your appetite.