Have you ever been told that quality of life drops drastically after you turn 50? That it becomes hard to get around and do your basic daily chores? If you have, you will be delighted to hear that this is absolutely wrong! The only thing that changes after 50 is the number of candles on the birthday cake, and there is no reason to think otherwise. But to make sure you don’t fall into a bad mindset, here are some things you can do.
It truly is a vicious circle – You hear that you should be less active after 50, so you stop being active and become less able to be active, perpetuating the myth. The truth is that if you have lived an active life so far, there is no reason for that to change. And even if there are some things you’d be better off changing, the best time to start is now. Sign up for a yoga or light fitness class to keep you motivated and keep your stamina up, because you will be carrying your own groceries for quite a while longer.
Learn new things
Not letting knowledge and skills you have go to waste is obviously important, but people seem to be surprised when someone in their golden years takes up learning a new language, or a new instrument. Keeping your mind active will do wonders for your memory. After all, if you are lucky enough to be in retirement, you might have the time you always needed to learn how to play the trumpet, or visit a new country. Your age and knowledge that comes with it can only help you in learning new things, so get your study notes ready.
Keep up a healthy diet
If you’ve been maintaining a good, balanced diet up until this point in your life, you have no reason to change that now. And if you weren’t making the best choices about what you eat in the past, now is the time to make some changes. Make sure you are eating enough vitamins, good fats, carbs and all the other essentials, while avoiding too much fast food and sugary sweets. If you are not feeling at your best, you might want to get your blood work done and have a nutritionist take a look, because they will know better than anyone else what you should change in order to stay healthy. Also, make sure you are drinking plenty of water, because staying hydrated is the best way to fight off the traces of aging on your body.
Stay in good company
One of the biggest problems people have once they reach a certain age is losing touch with friends. This especially goes for people who have recently stopped working, and now have a lot of free time and nobody to spend it with. If you want to live surrounded by interesting people in a beautiful environment, there are plenty of resorts for over 55 living. Living in a resort or complex means that you are never alone, and that you also have all the care you might need. You can also invest in these early, so they’ll be waiting for you when you are ready to retire.
No matter how old you may feel, remember that we all have a child within us, hungry for new experiences and adventures, so don’t let such a silly thing like age stop you. You are in control of your life and if anybody tells you that you can’t do something just because of your age, show them just how wrong they are.