Ever feel like everyday aches and pains have become the new normal since you celebrated your 50th birthday?
After years of wear and tear, your body doesn’t bounce back like it used to during your younger years, and as an active person, this can be pretty frustrating.
Plus with a life full of adventures to be had and memories waiting to be made, you aren’t willing to slow down now.
That’s why we’ve created a list of 8 simple things you can do to now make your golden years great for you and your body.
“If you’re not busy being born, you’re busy dying”
~ Bob Dylan
The truth is you’re happiest in life when you’re progressing. Things like retirement, age, or declining health should not be reasons to stop progressing in life.
With these simple habits you can embrace improving the quality of yourself today!
1. Get Physically Active Again.
A body in motion stays in motion.
And the easiest way to kick start becoming more physically active in your own life is to start walking for 30 minutes a day. Can’t walk that long? No sweat. Simply break it up into 10 minute intervals, 3 times a day. Or if you feel up to it, consider jogging or even running once your comfortable walking for 30 minutes at a time.
Walking not your thing? That’s ok. There are plenty of ways to stay active. Consider activities like fishing, kayaking, taking a dance class, or trying a low impact fitness class. Try one (or all!) of these options and listen to your body and see what feels best.
Bonus Tip: Yoga is a great form of exercise that doesn’t require a tremendous amount of physical strength.
2. Go on Adventures.
Don’t let your age stop you from living big! Did you know it’s never too late to take up skiing, surfing, or motorcycle riding? Even traveling to national parks to hike is a great, low impact activity. Find a new outdoor hobby that energizes you, and give yourself the chance to shine!
3. Explore Your Own City Weekly.
So many of us forget to be tourists in our own cities. But in fact, exploring your hometown is not only exciting, it’s a great way to get out of the house and stay active.
Ask yourself: Is there a good art museum, theatre, or new restaurant in your area? Aim to go out at least once a week and explore your area more.
Meet new people or see old friends.
So many people live in great cities, but never take the time to discover the culture and local events in their own backyard.
Here’s an example: When I was in college, I worked for my 80 year old grandfather’s business. In my early 20s I had just moved into my first apartment. After hearing about a great Italian restaurant that opened down the street from me, my grandfather called and offered to take me to dinner. I ws thrilled. However, when I asked him what his week looked like, his response was something like this:
“Well we have a city club event tonight, the Cleveland Public theatre is re-opening on Tuesday and we are attending a show, and Wednesday we have book club. Actually, we are booked until next Thursday, does that work?”
In that moment, I immediately realized my 80 year old grandparents were way hipper than I was. From that moment on, I’ve dedicated our free time to getting out of the house and immersing myself in the community.
4. Strengthen Your Relationships.
Have a kid, friend, or sibling that lives in another city?
Instead of waiting for them to come home for the holidays, go visit them.
If you’re married or in a personal relationship with someone, reignite the love you’ve had by showing them your more spontaneous side and taking them out on surprise trips. Whether it’s a cross-country adventure, a weekend getaway, or simply a day trip, taking time together can do wonders for building long-lasting memories. The Key Takeaway: It’s easy to get caught up in work when you’re younger. But remember, the relationships you build during your lifetimes are the ones that will follow you into your golden years. Take time now to foster strong, loving relationships with the ones you care about the most.
5. Reinvent Yourself.
It’s never too late to switch careers, start your own business, or go back to school!
When I was in college I became friends with a 70 year old woman who was getting her bachelor of arts. She was, by far, one of the best photographers I’ve ever met. Her passion, knowledge of the world, and understanding of life gave her a unique and unfiltered perspective. She was also a cancer survivor and easily had the best attitude on life in the entire university.
Just because you’re no longer 20, don’t give up on yourself. With online classes and new opportunities being created on a daily basis, it’s easier than ever to find your passion and pursue your dreams. So if you’re stuck in a job or without enough income, go enroll in a course, apply for a certification, or simply make a change. Life’s too short to waste it not doing something you love.
6. See Your Doctor Even When You’re Not Sick.
An apple a day no longer keeps the doctor away.
After 50, routine blood work and regular check-ups should become a part of your annual or monthly routine. By seeking preventative care now, you can protect yourself against serious illness and proactively treat past injuries or issues. Because the truth is: nothing will get better the longer you wait to treat it.
7. Update Your Wardrobe.
Not only will this motivate you to go out and show off your new threads, but it will also help you attract new friends and build new relationships in your life. Even investing in casual workout clothes can make you feel more comfortable and improve the quality of your life. There have also been many advances in compression technology for those with injuries these days. Dress the way you want to look and feel!
8. Never Settle.
There is a great talk Steve Jobs gave at a 2005 Stanford University Graduation Address.
If you haven’t seen it, you can view it here.
Give it a watch. He puts life in perspective way better than I can articulate.