Let’s be honest now girls, we have let ourselves go a bit since we reached the big five O. When you are chasing time trying to work, take care of dear old grumpy, (you know, that man you have been sleeping with for over 40 years) babysitting the grandchildren and helping the kids out, fitness is the last thing on your mind. Who needs it? Fitness for women over 50? With your workload who wouldn’t be fit?
Now Things Have Changed
You have finally reached retirement age. The last day at work, with the tears and laughter, hugs and kisses and promises to keep in touch have come to an end and you wake up in the morning with nowhere to go and not much to do. The promises to keep in touch lasted for awhile but they gradually dwindled to an odd day here and there, when all the girls could make it. After all, unlike you, they are still busy with work and family and filled with envy for your freedom.
Now is the time when you need to think about filling your days with new friends and new interests. The old ones will come back when it is their turn to retire but for now kiddo, you are on your own. Now is the time to think about keeping as fit as you were when you first finished work.
The Keep Fit After 50 Habit
Getting into some healthy exercise habits sounds like a doddle but it may be a bit harder than you think. It is easier to roll over and go back to sleep than what it is to get into your sneaker and go for a walk. Believe me, I know. Been there done that. Went back to sleep I mean
We all know walking is the best exercise to keep your body and mind tuned up so come on lets hit the footpath. I am told that we should aim for 10,000 steps every day. I know it is exhausting just thinking about it but don’t you feel great when you get home after a long walk. It makes you feel energized and ready to take on whatever the day has to throw at you. Why? Because we still have a long way to go.
Live Long And Be Healthy
Living to be 100 these days is not unusual and you are only halfway there at fifty. The trouble is after 50 if you don’t take care of yourself things can start to fall apart. Type 2 diabetes can raise its ugly head and the best way to avoid it is to maintain a healthy weight and get plenty of exercise. If you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a sensible approach to diet can keep it under control. Exercise will help you avoid osteoporosis. If you can start doing some weight bearing exercises it will also help your bones to stay healthy.
Many people stay healthy well into old age and we are nowhere near old yet. Age is just a number that you won’t need to worry about if you take good care of yourself.
Keeping Mentally Agile
Like every part of us our minds need to be given some exercise too. You have been working all your life and now suddenly you have nothing to do except cook the dinner and clean the house. Not very stimulating is it. Why not think about doing a course, joining a theater group, even if it is only to paint the set, it is mental stimulation. There are so many things to do to keep your mind active and on the ball.
- You could join a book club
- Join a writing group
- Take on some voluntary work
- Take up a sport such as lawn bowls, golf or even darts or snooker.
- Join a chess group
- Join a walking group
- Get involved in a garden club
- Join a bridge club
- Take up water aerobics
- Join a photography group
- Take up painting
That is just a few of the things you could try. Maybe you would like to do some mountain climbing or skydiving. Whatever it is you want to do now is the time to do it.
Oh my, the list goes on and on. Keeping that gray matter in tip-top condition is not as hard as you think.
Life After Retirement
Many people will tell you that life begins after retirement. They planned ahead and now they will tell you they are living the dream. Life does not end with your job, it begins. Now you can do all those things you never had time for before.
For many retirees, money is not an issue and they are able to travel for the first time in their lives. The children are grown and living their own lives so you are free to do all those things you have always wanted to do. Even if money is an issue there are still a lot of activities you can fill your day with.
Money is important, especially if you haven’t got enough. If this is an issue for you there are plentyof opportunities out there for you! Now you have plenty of free time, what would you think if I told you that you could work from home with just a laptop! You might think that is crazy but there is a growing community out there who are doing just that .
Retirement is not the time to sit down and watch the world go by. It is the time to jump into life with a zest and enthusiasm that will keep you occupied, healthy and happy for many years to come.