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Tips On How To Stay Healthy At 50

Thelma is a Filipina expat living in Germany. She is a very creative person, shares tips and DIY about anything she has done in life.

Bonding with my high school friends.

Bonding with my high school friends.

Time has come so fast. Where does it go? Was it not just yesterday when I went to a German school to learn German language? Well, it was! Thinking backward how I was then and how I am now, seems world apart to me. So thin, fragile, naive, shy and knew nothing about the world. And now? I am now the opposite of what I was. I complain when there is something wrong in the family and with friends. I am just frank to others about what I think and in this, I have to be careful when I'm in my home country Philippines. In Germany, I don't have to be careful. I learned being frank and sometimes being rude just to survive.

Well, I am getting so far from my topic. Right, let's talk about how to keep ourselves healthy at 50 or something. These tips are base from my own experiences and my own opinion.

Here they are:

1. Keep away from negative person.

He/she will just ruin your good mood and you will feel sick right after he /she has left you. Negative person always find something bad about your conversation. May it be about things, people around you and your surroundings. You can tell him/her about any happy events such as recovering from a sickness, he/she will still say something that will pull you down. If you can not avoid this kind of a person, think of something that will make you smile and don't listen at all. If it is not so hard for you, tell him/her to go away and tell frankly how you feel about his/her negativeness.

2. Take a good nights sleep.

It depends on how many hours you need for a good night sleep. It can be 8,7 or 6. It is up to your need.

3. Eat healthy foods.

Eating healthy foods is one way of keeping you healthy at 50 or more. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables everyday. Fruits like bananas, strawberries, avocado, jackfruit, pineapples, mangoes, apples and many others. A bowl of fresh fruits a day is good for you. Vegetables like spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peppers,etc...For me, eating fish everyday is good but meat should not be often as twice a week.

4. Drink a glass of red wine a day.

Drinking a glass of red wine a day is good for your heart. I love to drink a glass of red wine before going to bed as it gives me a good nights sleep. A pint of Guinness well do as well.

5. Have an exercise.

There are many different exercises we can choose to do like: jogging, walking, cycling, aerobic, yoga ...

6. Go dancing.

Have a dancing course like Zumba or just dance at home with the music you love. It does not matter if you dance alone as long as you enjoyed dancing.

7. Have a good laugh

Take a laughter course. The more laughing friends you have, the better. If there's no laughter course near you, organize one with your family or friends.

8. Smile

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Don't walk frowning with a sour face as if you carry the whole world on your shoulder. SMILE instead. It will lighten your problem, if there is any. Besides that, a smile will make your face younger.

9. Bonding with your friends

Bonding with your friends is the best idea at all. You can do a lot with them. Eating healthy foods, exercising, smiling, dancing, laughing, playing games like charade, etc...

10. Brain Training

Play scrabble, crossword puzzles, sudoku, chess and other games which engage your mind. It will exercise your brain and thus keeping it fit.

11. Reading

Read books and magazines that interest you. Read books /novels about young generation to keep you aware of what's going on about them. With this knowledge you will know how to interact with the younger generation.

12. Write a journal or a diary

In case you forgot something what you did yesterday, a journal or a diary can "tell" you.

13. Make a list of things you ever wanted and make it happen.

Be aware that your life is running fast now, so do whatever you wanted to do. Be it parachuting, mountain climbing or just treating yourself to a spa.

14. Don't listen to a person who will discourage you.

Don't listen to a person who will say: " you can't do this and do that" because you are old. You might be 50 or something but you are still kicking alive. As long as you are in good health and in good condition, you can do what your heart long for. Yes, you have aged and has wrinkles on your face and everywhere but you are still young at heart. No matter what your family members and other people say about your age, it does not matter. It is only a number. The important thing is, is how good you feel.

Tuna fish at the fish market.

Tuna fish at the fish market.

This article is dedicated to all my high school classmates Batch 1977. Without you, I will not be having this idea of writing about being at the age of 50 and something. Thank you my friends.

Having fun

Having fun with my high school classmates, Batch 1977.

Having fun with my high school classmates, Batch 1977.

Zumba You Tube Video

© 2012 Thelma Alberts


Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 24, 2019:

Yes, they are. Thank you very much Shalloo. Have a great week.

Shaloo Walia from India on September 23, 2019:

These are some excellent suggestions for young and old alike.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 18, 2018:

We have to do something to keep us healthy, Thank you very much Megha. Have a wonderful new week.

Megha on March 18, 2018:

So many great suggestions to keep in mind for staying healthy :) Thanks for sharing your secret :)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 04, 2014:

I thought I have changed a lot. Well, you know me for many years as a friend in the family. I hope you and Efsie are in good health. See you soon in Germany or in the Philippines. Thank you very much Fritz for your wonderful comments. I appreciate that. Take care and regards to Efsie and the kids.

Fritz on August 02, 2014:

very nice advice, Thelma. It's also true for people in the 60ies, I can already tell you. By the way, you have not changed much. Maybe your secondary characteristics like shyness have completely changed but your primary characteristics are still the same: you are very friendly, open, curious and prepared to learn from new experiences. I like to read more of your articles in future

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 03, 2013:

I too, love dancing. In my opinion, a day without a laugh is something to be avoided. When there´s nothing for me to laugh about, I just go online and click on some comedies to watch and enjoy. Thanks for stopping by DDE;-)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 03, 2013:

Hi Paul,

A hobby is very important to ones life especially if one has retired from work. That´s one way of still feeling alive and being productive. Thanks for your wonderful comment and for sharing this hub to others. I appreciate that. Take care;-)

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 02, 2013:

I enjoy dancing and daily activity definitely would keep one fit in this age group, laughter is a great way to keep fit. Thanks for sharing this informative hub.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on April 02, 2013:


This is a very useful hub for any older person to read. I agree with everything you say. Based on my experiences, it's important for an older person to stay positive and be around younger people. You can't really retire and do absolutely nothing. It's important to have a hobby or a part-time job you like and to feel that you are productive all of your life. Voted up and sharing with followers.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 01, 2013:

You´re right Rajan. So, we have to enjoy life and be happy no matter how old we are. Yes, I do enjoyed bonding with my high school friends especially when I´m often in my home country. Thanks for your visit and for the share. Have a great week!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 01, 2013:

Very useful tips. We are only as old as our thoughts. So why not enjoy and be young in mind and as young as one can be in body.

Good to see you have a great time in these pictures.

Voted up and shared.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 18, 2012:

Hi raciniwa! Thanks for stopping by. Being at 50 or more is not really bad as what might others think about it. Just keep yourself healthy and have a positive mind. Have a great sunday!

raciniwa from Talisay City, Cebu on August 17, 2012:

now you make me smile with this wonderful hub...looking forward to being fifty and still have that huge smile to be painted on my lips...

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 30, 2012:

Thank you billybuc. I wish you the best of health, too. Take care.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 29, 2012:

All excellent suggestions. You have a very happy looking family for sure. I wish you the best of health in the years to come.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 09, 2012:

Thank you Ingenira for your visit. Yep, being with high school friends was very good and very relaxing.

German culture is very different than Philippine culture. I can say that I have 2 different lives, both have negative and positive sides. I only have to know where I am at the moment to react to the people in exact manners. Have a good day!

Ingenira on May 08, 2012:

What an enlightening hub ! Being with high school friends are the time you can feel at total ease and young again.

I'll really like to read more about your life in Germany, how different is the German culture from Philipines'.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 07, 2012:

Hi urmilashukla23! Thank you for your stopping by and for your follow. Have a great day!

Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on May 06, 2012:

Great Hub. Pretty soon will be climbing up there. Thanks for sharing beautiful pictures. Voted up!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 29, 2012:

Thank you thumbi7, Diana Mendes and Lady_E for your good comments. Your comments are highly appreciated. Take care.

Elena from London, UK on April 29, 2012:

~Excellent Tips. I like it.

"50" is the new "40". :-)

Diana Mendes on April 29, 2012:

Great hub. Very useful tips. Thanks for sharing.

JR Krishna from India on April 29, 2012:

I am in my early fourties and I find this hub very useful.

Thanks for sharing

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 28, 2012:

Hi Peter! Thank you for your comment and for your follow. I´m sure you have done something good for your health before you have read my hub. I can see it in your profile photo. Have a great weekend!

Peter Geekie from Sittingbourne on April 27, 2012:

Thank you Thelma - well written and useful hub - pity I didn't read it when I was 50!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 26, 2012:

Hi sandrabushy! Yep,you´re right. These tips come out from my own experiences. Thanks for your comment. Have a great day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 26, 2012:

Thanks sgbrown for stopping by. Have a wonderful day, too! Take care.

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on April 26, 2012:

Totally love it, Thelma. And I can tell by the way you write that these come out of your own experience. Beautiful.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on April 26, 2012:

Great advice! Eating healthy, getting exercise and being happy are so important. Being a little over 50, (Did I say that!), I can agree with your advice! Great hub, voted up and useful. Have a wonderful day! :)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 25, 2012:

Hi L.L.Woodard! If you have any ideas or tips to add on how to stay healthy at 50, I will be glad to hear it.

Just like you, I avoid people who are negatives and making me sick for just listening what they say. They stink! Thanks for sharing this article to other readers. Take care.

L.L. Woodard from Oklahoma City on April 25, 2012:

Thelma, I'd be hard-pressed to do a more thorough and accurate list than the one you've compiled here for how to stay healthy at 50+.

I try to avoid people in my day-to-day life who consistently suck energy from me with their negative thoughts. For me, it is an important aspect of maintaining good mental and emotional health.

Thank you for SHARING.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 24, 2012:

Hi mts1098! Yes, do try some of these tips.Thanks for your stopping by. Have a great day.

mts1098 on April 24, 2012:

I will have to try some of these. I have never heard of jack-fruit but I do like the red wine and/or Guinness before bed :)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 26, 2012:

Hi sandrabushy! Yes, life itself is a good teacher to me and I really learned a lot. It is not easy living in two different cultures as I always have to think where I am now, to be careful not to hurt other people when I'm in the Philippines. Thanks for your comment and for your SHARING.

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on March 23, 2012:

Thelma, Life itself is such a wonderful teacher and it sounds like you've been an excellent student. Can't imagine it has been easy living in two such different cultures. But I'm sure it has been enriching. Thanks for SHARING. Sandra Busby

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 05, 2012:

Thanks radhikasree for your brilliant comment. Have a lovely week.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 04, 2012:

Thanks dianew for dropping by and for giving a comment. Have a lovely week.

Radhika Sreekanth from Mumbai,India on March 03, 2012:

Brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

dianew from Spain on March 02, 2012:

thank you Thelma for an interesting hub and a great read; Voted up and interesting. I am already in my late 50s and agree with everything you say.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 18, 2012:

Hi Joan! Thanks for your comment. You know, I also remind myself to do these things. Have a great weekend.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 17, 2012:

Thank you Lesley for your comment. Have a nice weekend.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 17, 2012:

Thank you Eiddwen. I do have to remind myself every now and then as well, to do these things to keep me healthy. Have a lovely weekend.

Joan Whetzel on February 16, 2012:

All great suggestions. I needed the reminder for some of these. Thanks for reminding me to take care of myself.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on February 16, 2012:

Such a positive and uplifting hub Thelma and some excellent ideas.

Thank you and voted up.

Best wishes Lesley

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 16, 2012:

Hi carolp! Yes, we had lots of fun. You can join us next time you are in our hometown. We wish you will be here someday. Thanks for your comment. Greetings from all of our batch here.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 16, 2012:

Your welcome cloverleaffarm. Thanks for reading and for giving a comment. Have a nice day!

Eiddwen from Wales on February 15, 2012:

A great hub ;brilliant idea;brilliant happy colours and also lots of other positives;the great idea of jotting down do's nd dont's is brilliant.

Just the hub on a bleak and dull Wednesday afternoon.

Take care and enjoy your day.


Carolina from Switzerland on February 15, 2012:

I feel you have lots of fun there in our hometime with our batch. Wish i could share with you some wonderful times and unforgetable moments soon.

With fresh products to buy in the market...sure one can easily maintain healthy eating habits.

Healing Herbalist from The Hamlet of Effingham on February 15, 2012:

Being almost 50, I had to read. Thanks for all the ideas. Be well!

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