Get Healthy Stay Healthy
We travelled to Perth recently my hubby bound for a Footie match with our son, and me heading for an afternoon’s shopping with my son’s lovely girlfriend. I felt lucky to be living the good life … and grateful, in as much as I had enough time on my hands to be sociable, the good health to allow me to be physically active and mentally engaged, and a little disposable income with which to splurge.
Together we pounded the pavements of sunny Subiaco, talking about this and that, learning about each others’ interests in clothes, drinking mochas and cappuccinos, and browsing books in Elizabeth’s Second Hand bookshop. It was great to have one on one time together, but it did get me thinking about the differences of being twenty something rather than fifty something.
On the way home, I started thinking a little deeper about how the years have changed me and how I have a different take on life these days. Mostly I realised that it’s important to get healthy and stay healthy – at least as much as you can. After 50 we can’t let things slip like we did at 20, and we can’t take things for granted so much.
A healthy mind, healthy body and a good sense of humour is what I’m trying to achieve every single day.
So my tip is if you’re not already doing so is, please try and get healthy stay healthy and have a little fun now you’re over 50 🙂 At least as much as you’re physically able.
My non scientific tips for living the good life
If you’re looking for ways to keep healthy in body and mind, I hope you’ll find some of these suggestions helpful (or humorous).
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A little list for how to live life well.
Get healthy Stay Healthy – in body and mind, for as long as you can.
- Surround yourself with people who laugh and try always to make people feel good about themselves.
- Do something good for the planet on a daily basis, and do a good deed every day for a human too.
- Have your children left home? Keep busy. Inactivity or disinterest can make you depressed. Join a club, get a job or volunteer.
- I read this somewhere the other day, and I have to agree. At the exact date you turn 55 you will develop a muffin top just above your trouser line. Don’t ask me why, it just happens. So plan your wardrobe accordingly and stop fretting about it. Just Keep On with the exercise and healthy eating anyway. Do not give up!
- Enjoy your home, enjoy your clothes, enjoy baking and entertaining while you still have energy – make the most of your faculties and attributes.
- When I was 20 I didn’t like my face or my body very much. When I was 30 I thought how good and how unwrinkled I looked at 20. When I was 40 I couldn’t believe how slim and fit I looked at 30. Now I’m over fifty I realize that how I look today is as good as it’s going to get and I’m grateful for that. Keep your attitude upbeat!
- Try not to interfere in your grown-up children’s lives, but be there for them and always be supportive. Don’t offer advice unless asked for it. On the other hand do ask your grown up children for advice – they know more than you might give them credit for, and you’ll make them feel good.
- Nightclubs are for twenty to thirty somethings. Don’t go. Not even for a laugh.
- Technology is not your enemy. Embrace it. Your children will use it even if you don’t, so get learning and understand what’s what especially in the communications arena. My Mum is 88 and regularly communicates with her grandchildren on Facebook. Just do it.
- Enjoy your clothes. Dress with style. Oh and please don’t ever wear onesies or dungarees – leave them to your daughters.
- Yes you can wear yellow jeans (or any coloured jeans) just make sure they are good fitting and consider turning them up at the ankles and wearing them with flats or cool trainers.
- Spend money on good shoes that are stylish and comfortable. After the age of 50 we don’t need an Imelda Marcos stash of shoes in the cupboard and anything uncomfortable will rarely be worn. (Yes, Dave, I know I need a clear out)
- When it comes to your body image, for God’s sake have a sense of humour. After 50 everything heads south to the Bermuda Triangle – never to return. Just remember, you mostly cannot wear what 20 year olds wear so choose wisely.
- Fat though is significant when it impacts your health. For a healthy life remember to eat well and exercise sensibly. Get help from a personal fitness trainer or devise your own fitness plan and stick it on the fridge.
- Good fabrics, good cuts and timeless elegance are now your friends – with an accessorized nod to what’s fashionable. (Actually, I haven’t embraced this rule yet … but I know I should!) As my son’s girlfriend alluded, “Cheap clothes made from cheap fabrics don’t wear well or wash well.”
- Get healthy and stay healthy – Eat a balanced diet, get your health check-ups done regularly, and keep those joints moving. Exercising alone is boring (well it is for me) and the thought of cardio fitness and getting all sweaty makes me grumpy. Do it anyway because it feels good afterwards and good health will make you happy. If you have time join a gym or an exercise class, or get some friends together to walk.
- Keep positive and have good thoughts about life. A life that’s good is a balanced one, with a bit of irrevarance thrown in.
Do you agree, or do you have a tip to add about how to get healthy and stay healthy in body and mind? We’d love to hear.