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5 Ways for Lawyers to Stay Active After Retirement

By William Vogeler, Esq. on January 11, 2019 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Apparently, it's dangerous to your health to be idle in retirement.

Studies say people are 40 percent more likely to have heart attacks or strokes than those who are still working. Not to be a skeptical lawyer, but don't diet, age, and genetics have something to do with that?

Anyway, it's all the more reason for attorneys to stay active in retirement. Otherwise, they will question people to death. Here are five different things to do:

1. Write Books

Lawyers write all the time, but they're lucky if anyone actually reads their briefs. Write a book in your retirement and you may reach a broader audience.

It's relatively easy to self-publish and get your book on Amazon. The ABA Journal is looking for ideas now.

2. Exercise More

Moving your body is the definition of staying active. Start by rolling out of bed.

Next, try a fitness club, find a walking path, or join a pick-up sports team. Ten out of ten doctors say it will lengthen your life.

3. Keep Learning

Before you pass out at the end of your physical regimen, pick up a book and read. It's guaranteed to be lighter than a dumbbell.

If not, try a magazine. The point is, learning is good for your mental health. Lazy brain, not so much.

4. Get Social

No man is an island, not even with a volleyball. That's why Tom Hanks finally ventured back to civilization.

You're going to need a new social network when you retire because many of your friends will still be working. Facebook may help with that, but social clubs are better.

5. Do Work

You can retire from the law, but do some other kind of work. Even if it's part-time or volunteer work, it's good to contribute your talents.

You can do almost anything with your law degree besides practice law. We've got 99 things for you to do, and all of them are legal and ethical.

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