‘Age is only a number’ and ‘fifty is the new thirty’, we’ve all heard those quotes bandied about (mostly near to birthdays). Butin today’s world reaching the half century is no longer a milestone, so don’t feel you’re over the hill or ancient, your life is just beginning!
With the likelihood that your children may have flown the nest (or you’re about to push them!), you now have the opportunity to enjoy life by devoting time to your personal interests. But to have a long and healthy life it’s important to not take your age for granted, you’re not invincible. So cut down on the bottles of wine and stop the smoking and by following these simple steps you’re continue to be nifty all through those fifties and beyond.
Exercise- I know it fills most people with dread, but exercise doesn’t have to be, it can be fun! Exercise isn’t just about joining a gym full of weightlifters or signing up to a membership which you fail to attend once your motivation wains! Have you thought of going to a yoga class or swimming at your local leisure centre? Exercise doesn’t need to be expensive and if you’re lacking the self-confidence, then why not rope a friend to join you. Exercise should always fit around your lifestyle and you’re be amazed with the results that you will achieve!
Have fun in the bedroom– This is perhaps not one to mention to your children, or while out with friends! But keeping your sex life going is an important part of keeping a relationship happy and just because you’re in your fifties why not? You may no longer be as active as your teenage years but why let the spark fizzle out of the bedroom? Spice it up, and add a bit of romance and naughtiness to your life. There is no real excuse!
Eating healthily– Eating the right foods doesn’t mean a ban on junk food or existing on vegetables or salads continually. Healthy foods have become delicious and easily obtainable from your local supermarkets. Eating the rights will help avoid the medical illnesses such as diabetes or being obese. Let’s be honest, none of us want to get chronic lifelong conditions, if we don’t have to. So ditch the convenience food and take some advice from the Mediterranean population and incorporate, oily fish, olives and salads onto your shopping list.
Keeping mentally active– This is important as we all worry about the onset of illnesses such as dementia. To help prevent this, it is essential to stay mentally active. Whilst you may not be able to work the latest Nintendo ‘Brain Training’ game, there are other ways to stimulate the brain. Ditch the television for an evening and let your imagination run riot with a good novel or perhaps an old fashioned board game. Don’t forget the daily newspaper and walk with the dog all counts towards this!