I may be in my mid-50 but I surely see myself as someone very much in shape. I must say my relationship with sports during my younger years have helped me develop a sense of discipline when it comes to being fit and staying there.
I used to play rugby back then and it did not only give me a stronger body but a sound and healthy mine as well. As much as I would still love to play rugby, my body now has several limitations but it never stops me from looking for alternatives on how I can remain healthy.
Here are 6 tips I would like to share for those who still want to stay fit and healthy at age 50:
1. Pay attention to your passion.
Because retirement is just around the corner, it is important that you focus your attention to what it is you are passionate about.
If you are blessed with doing a job you are passionate about, then good for you; if not, this is the perfect time you can do the things you love. Forget about the demands of work and start planning out your to-dos in relation to your passion.
I have always loved sports, and watching a game is always part of my to-dos every time I spend the weekend at home. Sometimes, I go to schools and volunteer to help out in their soccer or rugby team; now that’s something rewarding for me.
2. Make sure you have a retirement sport.
Talking about staying fit and healthy, you need to move that body. And the best way to do that is through sports.
Have you decided on your retirement sport? Now that you have all the time to do sport, you may want to focus your energy on a specific one: golf, hiking or kayaking perhaps? Whatever it is that you decide on, plan out activities and put your soul into that sport.
Remember, you need to move that body!
3. Get a dog.
At age 50, your doctor will most likely include cardio exercises on your activities of daily living in order to keep fit and healthy.
And since treadmill appears more like work than an enjoyable exercise, you might want to reconsider your cardio exercise – get a dog!
A dog can accompany you in your walking exercises every morning in your neighborhood; cardio exercise with a touch of fun!
4. Change some of your usual routines.
Being fit is not limited to physical activities, it also means being healthy mentally, emotionally and socially.
Since you are so over your employment days, I would like to suggest a very good routine change – losing the alarm clock.
Now that you have no more work (if you’ve retired by this age) to report to, waking up early should be a routine your body already knows so well without the pressure of submitting to it.
Practicing your body and brain to wake up every morning without an annoying alarm clock is an exercise itself.
5. Exercise your brain – read.
Reading is the best form of exercise for your brain. A book a month is quite a way good to keep those neurons working.
There are so many interesting books or magazines available depending on what interests you. I suggest you make a list of books to read and make it a goal to finish at least one book per month.
6. Watch your diet.
Health is always related to food. Remember the saying, “you are what you eat”? Now that you are past fifty years old, your nutritional needs have changed.
You now need more water, less salt and preservatives and more organic food. Pay a visit to your nutritionist and get a list of good food to eat appropriate for your health status and lifestyle.