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20 Amazing Ways To Live Life to the Fullest When You Retire

20 Amazing Ways To Live Life to the Fullest When You Retire

Good news: The average retirement age in the U.S. for those who are currently retired is 61, according to a recent Gallup survey. That means there’s plenty of opportunity for staying active when you’re finally done clocking in.

Not only is the post-workforce world your oyster, but it’s also an oyster that’s largely free to eat — if you know where to look, that is. These cost-free, retirement-friendly activities are good for your bank account, and many also offer great health benefits. Keep reading to see that some of the best things in life really are free.

Last updated: Feb. 6, 2020

Take a Hike

Setting out into the beauty of nature is one of the easiest and most fulfilling retirement activities. Even better, it offers health benefits including stress relief and cardiovascular fitness. You can find a free outdoor adventure near you at AmericanTrails.org.

Go (Book) Clubbing

If you

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World watches as South Korea cautiously returns to life

World watches as South Korea cautiously returns to life

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The baseball league is on. Students have begun returning to school. And people are increasingly dining out and enjoying nighttime strolls in public parks.

As South Korea significantly relaxes its rigid social distancing rules as a result of waning coronavirus cases, the world is paying close attention to whether it can return to something that resembles normal — or face a virus resurgence. Already, a mini-outbreak linked to nightclubs in Seoul has tested South Korea’s widely praised method for dealing with the disease — essentially a combination of rapid tracing, testing and treatment, along with stringent social distancing practices.

“Other countries must be wondering whether our nation will continue to make good progress,” said Jin Yong Kim, a doctor at Incheon Medical Center near Seoul who confirmed South Korea’s first patient on Jan. 20 and has since treated more than 100 others. “But I can’t

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5 expert-approved laundry detergents you need in your life

5 expert-approved laundry detergents you need in your life

There’s probably a pile of it waiting for you right now. As long as humans wear clothes, laundry day will be one of the most important days of the week.

Consequently, laundry detergent becomes one of our most important purchases.

You may spend so much time juggling dirty socks in one hand and a handheld steamer in the other, that you’d rather have a laundry room makeover than a living room remodel. Fortunately, though, choosing a detergent doesn’t have to be that stressful.

Wondering what the best laundry detergents are? Here are a few tried-and-true formulas from the brave men and women who make a living doing other people’s laundry:

The 5 best laundry detergents

1. Seventh Generation Free & Clear

Seventh Generation Concentrated Laundry Detergent

Seventh Generation Concentrated Laundry Detergent, Free & Clear unscented, 40 Fl Oz (53 Loads) (Amazon / Amazon)
Seventh Generation Concentrated Laundry Detergent, Free & Clear unscented, 40 Fl Oz (53 Loads) (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Seventh Generation Concentrated Laundry Detergent $12.98 at

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Pandemic Life With 'Hannah Banana,' My Daughter With Down Syndrome

Pandemic Life With ‘Hannah Banana,’ My Daughter With Down Syndrome

A young girl is reading book and sitting on the floor.
A young girl is reading book and sitting on the floor.

Five years ago I suddenly went from mother-to-be to mom of a child with a disability. There was no warning, no training. Now I’m six weeks into another role I didn’t sign up for — preschool teacher. Well, not just that: add in special education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. Managing Hannah’s school work and keeping her fed, safe, and semi-entertained is a full-time job, on top of my actual full-time job. As independent as Hannah is, she’s still not capable of doing everything herself. That means maintaining a certain level of supervision all day and being ready at any moment to help her. I can tell you a 5-year-old’s bladder certainly doesn’t care what’s a convenient time for me.

Every day is a seesaw (admittedly built by my own expectations). I bounce from totally ‘killin’ it’

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how I'm surviving life with 48 roommates

how I’m surviving life with 48 roommates

I’m living with 48 roommates in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Co-living makes physical distancing all but impossible: we touch the same door handles, awkwardly navigate shared spaces and binge-watch Tiger King in the same TV lounges.

The fear of coronavirus hasn’t so far driven me to move out or reignite a grueling apartment search. But neither can I say with authority just how safe co-living is in the middle of an outbreak.

Before I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in September, I was aware of the region’s reputation for towering costs of living. But I wasn’t prepared for the grinding hustle to find affordable housing. Even renting a room in someone else’s apartment felt more like a job interview with prospective roommates.

Related: ‘With restrictions easing, how do we tell someone we don’t want them in our bubble?’

I bounced between temporary rooms until I could

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I did the same workout every day for a month and this is how it changed my life

I did the same workout every day for a month and this is how it changed my life

This article was written before COVID-19 fitness studio restrictions were implemented around the world.

Physical activity increases your mental health and makes you a happier person, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Without a doubt, this sentiment proved true when I embarked on a new challenge in February: 30 days of Pure Barre at Union Square in New York City.

I’m a big fan of taking a deep dive into specific exercise regimens for a month at a time and seeing what results they yield — whether it’s building muscle, losing weight, or breathing easier. If there’s a proven benefit, I’m game to try it for 30 days. 

The Workout

Pure Barre is a low-impact full-body workout with high-intensity movements. There are a few types of classes — foundations (an intro class), classic (50 min., the original), pure empower (45 min., more cardio) and pure

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Colson Whitehead and This American Life among Pulitzer 2020 winners

Colson Whitehead and This American Life among Pulitzer 2020 winners

<span>Photograph: Daniel Roland/AFP via Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Daniel Roland/AFP via Getty Images

Colson Whitehead, This American Life and writers from the New York Times are among this year’s Pulitzer prize winners.

During an online, at-home video, the Pulitzer administrator, Dana Canedy, referred to the “deeply trying times” in which these prizes are being announced but how journalism remains as important as ever and how the arts continue to “sustain, unite and inspire”.

Related: Colson Whitehead: ‘We have kids in concentration camps. But I have to be hopeful’

The prize for fiction went to Whitehead for his novel The Nickel Boys, which was praised as “spare and devastating” in its tale of an abusive reform school in Florida. Whitehead previously won the Pulitzer prize for his 2017 book The Underground Railroad, which is being adapted into an Amazon series by Moonlight writer-director Barry Jenkins.

The prize for general non-fiction was won by two books: The Undying: Pain,

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23 photos show what life in North Korea is like during its coronavirus lockdown

23 photos show what life in North Korea is like during its coronavirus lockdown

Masked people walk in front of Pyongyang Station on April 27, 2020, amid concerns over the new coronavirus.
Masked people walk in front of Pyongyang Station on April 27, 2020, amid concerns over the new coronavirus.

Kyodo News via Getty Images

  • North Korea has implemented a number of measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, though its claims of zero cases and fatalities is highly unlikely.

  • The government has halted tourism and shut down most of its border, though trade with China has continued.

  • Photos from inside the country in recent weeks show residents and workers taking precautions such as wearing masks and gloves.

  • But images of cramped classrooms and government meetings show challenges in implementing social-distancing measures, and experts have noted that the country lacks a healthcare infrastructure to combat a pandemic.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Like most countries around the world, North Korea has taken a number of drastic measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The Hermit Kingdom has so far

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As NC prepares to reopen in phases, here’s how life in Charlotte will change

As NC prepares to reopen in phases, here’s how life in Charlotte will change

As Gov. Roy Cooper’s plan to lift the stay-at-home order in three phases could begin late next week, business owners and community organizations in the Charlotte area are planning for what comes next.

Here’s what life in Charlotte could look like: waiters in face masks, limits to how many people can shop in department stores, free admission to some museums and gyms that require reservations.

For now, North Carolina’s stay-at-home order expires May 8, although it could be extended if the trajectory of new coronavirus cases isn’t where state officials would like.

Phase one includes reopening parks and allowing non-essential travel to retail sites like clothing and sporting goods stores, and book and houseware shops. Those businesses must implement social distancing, cleaning protocols and screen employees for symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned, and people are encouraged to

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'Refresh, relax and recalibrate' - Arsenal women adapt to life under lockdown

‘Refresh, relax and recalibrate’ – Arsenal women adapt to life under lockdown

Arsenal Women’s boss Joe Montemurro says he welcomes the chance for his players to recharge their batteries during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

The Women’s Super League followed the Premier League in shutting down in March as a response to the outbreak.  The Gunners squad is therefore currently unable to train together with its members complying with lockdown guidelines. 

That does not mean that they are inactive, however, as Montemurro pays close attention to their physical and emotional health during these exceptional times.

“Like most teams and most professional athletes, it’s something different and it’s something strange, and obviously they’ve had to change their ways and make sure that they’re doing the right things within the constraints that are there,” he explained to reporters. 

“But as far as we’re concerned, all of them have been fantastic and the staff have been fantastic too. They’ve really made sure that first of all

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