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Live Healthier After Age 50

I spent 22 years in the nursing profession, and I enjoy writing about medical issues. I'm also interested in history, genealogy, and travel.

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Choose Your Path

There are some scientists that believe you are younger than you think once you turn fifty years old since people live longer today. Don’t dread getting older, just embrace it as fear will hold you back. Your outlook is so important and do not dread your older years. As you move toward retirement make plans for the things you would like to experience but have not had time for up until now.

Try something new, like painting, acting, yoga, skydiving or pursue whatever peaks your interest. Reading great literature or joining a book club can be stimulating. Do what makes you happy as mentally-stimulating activities are healthy.

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Best Exercise

So, you are not as young as you were, but some exercise will keep you more independent and healthier. You naturally lose muscle mass as you age, but you can rebuild it with exercise. Aerobic (cardio) exercise has several benefits as it increases your heart rate, builds endurance, increases your breathing rate and burns calories. Find exercise with less jumping and pounding as it is easier on your joints.

Weight or strength training will tone your muscles. Flexibility exercise keeps you limber, which helps you have a full range of motion. Balance exercises are a good idea, as they may prevent falling as you age. According to research, yoga is physically and mentally beneficial. Several studies have shown that yoga decreases stress and reduces anxiety. In another study it was shown to reduce pain and improve grip strength.

The simple act of walking will increase your stamina. If you choose to jog, it would be easier on your joints to run on the grass or on a track. Dancing is also healthier, whether it is ballroom dancing, jazzercise or Zumba.

Golfing is another healthy option if you do not use a car as an average round requires 10,000 steps, which is about 5 miles. Riding a bike is good for stiff or sore joints. Swimming is another excellent exercise that is easy on your joints. If you have not exercised for a long period of time, start slow.

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Improve Your Diet

Maintaining a healthy weight is ideal for future health. Eating high fiber foods may lower your cholesterol levels, manage your blood glucose level and help to maintain a normal weight. Fiber helps prevent constipation, which is a common problem for people as they age. Men should aim for 30 grams of fiber and women should have 21 grams. High fiber foods include many vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts, quinoa, oatmeal and whole-wheat products.

Foods that are a good source of fiber are often rich in the B-vitamins, which is important as you age. Folate and vitamin B-6 are important for brain health. These foods may lessen your chance of getting cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

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Random Facts

If you are dealing with the empty nest syndrome, you could adopt a pet. Journaling often provides an excellent outlet to address those feelings of loneliness or even anxiety. If you enjoy writing you might want to write that book you’ve considered but did not have time to write.

Consider gardening as it can provide a sense of satisfaction whether you grow flowers or vegetables. Smiling is such a valuable tool for your happiness and that of others as it opens doors to conversations as you will seem more approachable. A study completed at the University of Kansas concluded smiling lowers stress levels.

Some more possibilities include:

  1. Tackle that very difficult crossword puzzle or work sudoku puzzles. You might want to know more about your family’s roots by completing a genealogy report.
  2. Learn a new foreign language to keep your mind sharp.
  3. Plan that wonderful trip you have always wanted, as even a solo trip can be rewarding. If you enjoy drinking wine you might attend a wine tasting class to become familiar with the various types of wine.
  4. When you retire you finally have time to get regular massages and that will help you be pain-free.
  5. While you may have cooked throughout your life, you might enjoy learning to cook some unique dish.

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In Conclusion

Once you retire and have more time, you have time to volunteer for a worthwhile organization that is of interest to you. Plan your days to accomplish your goals. Trying out new things can change your perspective on life.

You may do something simple, like trying out a new hairstyle or do something a bit more complicated, like taking classes to learn to paint. Planning that awesome trip you have always desired can be fun while planning, as well as, taking the actual trip.

References

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Pamela Oglesby

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 27, 2020:

Thank you, Devika.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 27, 2020:

Hi Devika,

You have agreat attitude. I am glad yor are making such healthy choice. Thank you for your comments......

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 27, 2020:

I enjoyed reading the facts about life after fifty.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 27, 2020:

I feel great and age to me is nothing but a number. I have always felt this way about my age. I keep fit and enjoy my life by doing what makes me happy. Each day is a new day and staying positive allows me to look younger and active. Off-course I do have the days when I do not feel active or to do much but that doesn't stop me from doing what I like and want.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 25, 2020:

Hi Flourish,

It sounds like you are making good life choices. I appreciate your comments. Have a nice Thanksgiving.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 25, 2020:

i Ken,

You summed the point of the article up beautifully. Thank you so much for your comments.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 24, 2020:

I strive to get my 10,000 steps in a day to keep myself young. I also crochet, take care of my 6 cats, read, write, cook, and do crafts. I could be healthier but I could be a lot unhealthier too.

Ken Burgess from Florida on November 24, 2020:

Good article.

Its true, how you live impacts how long you live, and how well you can live.

Look at Tom Brady, he is 44 years old I believe and he still is a top QB in the NFL.

He is specific about what he eats, he doesn't drink alcohol, he has a workout routine that includes a significant amount of flexibility routines. If you pursue a similar way of caring for yourself in your 40s and 50s it will benefit you as well.

If you smoke cigarettes, eat junk food, can't be bothered to exercise... you'll not fair so well.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 24, 2020:

Hi Glenn,

It does sound like you have made healthy choices. I stay busy also, so I am never bored. I tried to suggest a variety of possibilities for people in the article. I appreciate your comments. Have a nice Thanksgiving.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on November 24, 2020:

What an excellent article, Pam! You sure covered a lot of ideas that we can all use to stay healthy and happy as we age.

One thing you mentioned, “try something new,” is vital after retirement. A couple of friends complain to me that they don’t know what to do, especially with Covid lockdown.

I never had that problem because I started writing online as I led into retirement. I’m never bored since writing articles, and the research involved, fills my time just fine.

All the other things you mentioned work too. People just need to find what they feel comfortable with doing. I keep myself active too, walking a lot, and exercising—as you also mentioned. I agree that it helps keep our stamina as we age.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 24, 2020:

Hi Linda,

I'm glad you liked the article's suggestions. I appreciate your comments. Have a nice Thanksgiving.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 23, 2020:

You've included some very good suggestions in this article, Pamela. Thank you for sharing them. They are important.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 23, 2020:

Hi Adrienne,

Actually this is a good time to make sure you eat healthy and you exercise. The other things you can figure out when you get older.

I appreciate your comments. Have a good week!

Adrienne Farricelli on November 23, 2020:

Hi Pamela, I am not close to 50 but it's always helpful to know what to expect in the years ahead. Diet and exercise is important.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2020:

Hi Sp,

We have so many choices in life, especially after the children leave home. I agree that people need to make their own choices in life. Thank you so much for your comments. I hope you have a good week.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on November 22, 2020:

This is such a great approach to life. The suggestion of things people can do to are really good and probably things thay we all should be doing. I definitely think people should not let age or other people's opinions determine what they do after 50. Plus when your kids leave you have more time to do the things you might have pushed aside while raising them.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2020:

Hi Bill,

You may be selling yourself short as I remember the wood you chopped and the porch you expanded. Maybe the work around the house in addition to the walking is enough, although I agree that it is very easy to become sedentary at our age. I have many limitations that are just my reality, so I probably don't get enough exercise. I try but I know I fall short.

I appreciate your comments, Bill. I hope you have an excellent week.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 22, 2020:

I try, Pamela! Walking five miles a day, with the dogs, is good, but I need more. It's so easy for our bodies to become sedentary at this age. I need to pick up the pace and do more.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2020:

Hi Chitrangada,

I am glad you have made so many healthy choices as that will benefit you as you age. i appreciate your comments. Have a wonderful week.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 22, 2020:

Excellent article and motivating for all those who have crossed the golden age. You have suggested some important and healthy lifestyle choices, which we must include in our daily life.

Thankfully, I follow most of your advice. I keep myself busy, eat healthy, and walk regularly.

Thank you for sharing another wonderful article.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2020:

Hi Ann,

I love time with my grandchildren also, and they do keep us busy. I appreciate your thoughtful comments. Have a lovely week, Ann.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2020:

Hi Rosina,

I am happy that your liked this article. Aging in a healthy fashion will make us feel better and keep us happier. Thank you for your comments. Have a good week.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2020:

Hi Lora,

I am glad you liked the article and the suggestions. I agree that your emotional health is very important. When we are happy we tend to be move active.

I like your suggestions about meeting others who share our interests. I appreciate your generous comments. Have a good week, Lora.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2020:

Hi Peggy,

You are so right about that age counter. I am glad you like the suggestions. I appreciate your comments. Have a good week.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2020:

Hi MG,

I think we all have decisions to make as we age.

Thank you so much for your very nice comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2020:

Hi Brenda,

I agree that being idle is not healthy. I also like your "mind over matter" attitude. Thanks so much for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2020:

Hi Eric,

I think your son keeps you very busy and that is good. Thanks so much for your comments. Have a wonderful week, Eric.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2020:

Hi Bill,

It sounds like you are getting plenty of exercise. It sounds like you might even be bsier when you retire. :) That is good. I appreciate your comments, Bill.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2020:

Hi Olusegun,

Thank you for reading and commenting.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2020:

Hi John,

It sure sounds like you are getting enough exercise, and camping should be enjoyable. Since you are writing so much it is good that you are walking and working around the house.

It is hard to lose dogs and a cat to whom you have become attached. I bet your home seems a bit empty without them. We lost our cat last year that we had for 14 years.

Thank you for your generous comments, John. I hope you have a good week.

Ann Carr from SW England on November 22, 2020:

I'm long past 50 but I don't feel old, until my back twinges! I do quite a few of the things you mention and my biggest exercise is when I'm with the grandchildren - it's a cliché but they do keep me young, in mind as well as in body.

This is great advice which everyone should heed, Pamela.

Ann

Rosina S Khan on November 22, 2020:

This is a wonderful and informative article. It mentions various activities, exercises, and diet to keep our health upbeat after age 50. Thank you for sharing, Pamela.

Lora Hollings on November 21, 2020:

This is such a great article, Pamela, on living a healthier life as we age. You give us a an excellent guide to follow. Keeping our bodies fit by exercising daily is one of the most important routines that we can do and, of course, eating a healthy diet by including more fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts, a higher fiber diet will significantly reduce our chances of getting diseases that can shorten our lives and help us in maintaining a healthy weight. By engaging in activities that are challenging and acquiring new skills, we can help keep our brains in good shape as we age too. Meeting people who share our interests and staying connected with others is also important in our emotional health and people who are happier are less stressed, another factor in slowing down the aging process and living life to the fullest. Thank you for sharing such valuable information!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

Your suggestions are all good ones. We may not be able to turn back the clock, but we can still do our best to live healthy lives, as much as possible, as the age counter keeps clicking.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on November 21, 2020:

This is a very nice article Pramila and as usual you have done justice to it. Everybody reaches the age of 50 and that is a watershed in a man's life and your article is simply wonderful.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 21, 2020:

Nice article. I sort of believe one is as young as they think they are..mind over matter.

I try not to fall into that category where I am old just because I am aging.

You do have good ideas. We must keep moving.

I think that is the one thing that hurts people..not doing anything.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 21, 2020:

I am a mere 60+ but my son is playing on the piano. I would not suggest for everyone. But having a ten year old seems to keep a perspective. He just told me not to live to 110 because that would be weird ;-)

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on November 21, 2020:

Great tips, Pam. I try to incorporate many of your suggestions into my routine. I am still able to run and workout and enjoy golf and tennis. When I finally retire there are so many things I want to try: piano, painting, learning a foreign language, and of course lots more travel. Great tips and suggestions.

OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on November 21, 2020:

Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 21, 2020:

A very helpful and enjoyable article, Pamela. I have always found time to exercise though I have been lax lately although I still walk most days to the post office and grocery store if I don’t have to buy more than I can carry. I do lift weights as well, but have decided to reduce my meal sizes.

Work around the house and yard has increased since the COVID started, and been writing a lot more. Planning on a weekend away camping in a couple of weeks time too now that we are able to travel within the state. We have had four old dogs and a cat die over the last two years, the most recent Omo. Now we are trying to decide weather to get another “younger” dog or just go without for awhile.

Thanks again for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 21, 2020:

Hi Cherl

I hope each person that reads this article chooses to live healthier. I appreciate your comments. Have a nice weekend.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on November 21, 2020:

Thank you for another great article. This is an incentive to live healthier.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 21, 2020:

Hi Louise,

I am glad you found this article interesting. You are so right when you say 60 is the new 40 as that is what I read in my research. Your exercise and learning Spanish is wonderful for your future. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 21, 2020:

Hi Manatita,

It is great to know you are fluent with other languages. You are certinly doing some healthy things that will help as you age. Thank you for your comments.

Louise Elcross from Preston on November 21, 2020:

Interesting article and a reminder that we not old just because we reach 60. I do 10,000 steps a day and feel better for it. I am even thinking of getting a bike to keep my legs strong. I am also learning Spanish so that I can communicate with my friends in the canaries. 60 is the new 40 so I am told and I choose to accept that. Lots of wonderful ideas in this article so thanks for writing,

manatita44 from london on November 21, 2020:

Thank you, Pamela.

Don't know about the vaccine and red wine, but yes the exercise, food and healthy lifestyle, are all on my list. This includes walking and meditation too.

Now getting into languages. Great Hub for the 39 year old like me, only just short of 50. I use languages to stimulate the mind.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 21, 2020:

Hi Liz,

I am glad you found this article to helpful. Thank you so mch for your comments. I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 21, 2020:

This is a helpful, encouraging and positive article. You give useful suggestions that are easy to put into practice, backed up by sound reasoning.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 21, 2020:

Hi Ivana,

A positive outlook means a lot wehen we are looking at our health. I am so glad you liked the article. I appreciate your comments. I hope you are enjoying yoru weekend.

Ivana Divac from Serbia on November 21, 2020:

This is such a wonderful article! I really enjoyed reading it. It offers some great tips, but it's mostly really optimistic and superb. I hope to be this positive when I'm 50.

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