Getting older can be fun, as you look forward to retirement and going on all the adventures you have spent years planning. There are a few things you have to think about though and not take for granted.
Exercise is very important at any age but especially as you get older. You need to ensure you are staying mobile as your joints can start to get stiff. Just 30 minutes of gentle exercise each day is enough to keep you healthy and supple. Think about doing something like cycling or yoga, even swimming is gentle and very good for your body. Exercise also boosts your mood, so if you have been feeling down in the dumps think about doing a workout of some sort.
You can even do a workout in the comfort of your own home if you don’t fancy venturing out. If you do wish to go out, why not think about joining an exercise class. This is not only a great way of staying fit and motivated but a wonderful way to make friends. Exercise and socialising have been proven to keep the onset of dementia and Alzheimer's at bay as well.
You need to think about your diet carefully when you get older, this is due to your metabolism slowing right down. If you continue to eat as you did when you were younger you may be at risk of developing middle-aged spread. You may have heard of this, it is a ring of fat that happens due to it taking longer for your food to be digested.
You should plan what you are going to eat, and eating smaller meals regularly will prevent bloating and indigestion. A healthy balanced diet will keep you satisfied for longer so you don’t feel the need to snack between meals.
Water is your friend, it always has been. Drinking water has many benefits including healthy radiant looking skin. It not only keeps you hydrated externally but internally as well. Water helps keep your mind hydrated as well, you may not realise that the brain needs water but it does. If you don’t drink enough water you can struggle with memory loss and concentration problems. You will know if you are not drinking enough water as you will get a lovely dehydrated headache.
Where To Live
Unfortunately, when you get older you have to think about where you will spend the rest of your years. This could be at home, in peace and quiet or you may need to move into a residential home. If you are fit and well there is no problem being in your own home as long as it is suited to your needs. If you or your family find that you are struggling with everyday tasks such as getting about, washing, or cooking then you may need to find a place in a residential care home or assisted living facility.
There are professionals who can help you with this process as it can be quite daunting. A care home broker will look at what you have available, what your needs are, and then find suitable living arrangements for you.
We hope you found this guide helpful and that you have a long happy life.
When it comes to how our lives pan out, a lot of the outcomes are due to the way we think. If we think positively and have more of an optimistic look at this, then we tend to get what we want. If we’re negative and expect the worst, then the worst often happens. It’s amazing how this kind of magnetism works, but that’s just how this existence happens. If you want to improve your life or see a positive change, then you need to really believe it in order for it to bear fruit.
The mindset is something that can really make or break a person. If you want to be more ambitious and you want more out of life, then you’re going to need to ensure that your mentality is pretty bulletproof and dedicated to getting what it wants. Here are a few ways you can make that kind of thing happen:
Surround Yourself With The Right Kind Of People
Who you hang around with can make such a big impact on how your life pans out. If you spend most of your time with people who just want to slack off, then you’re not going to be motivated to put the work in. When it comes to the types of people that you must surround yourself with, there are lots of different characters, but they should all be positive and looking to make something of themselves.
Actively Go Out And Do Things That Make You Happy
This sounds like an obvious practice, but so many people spend their lives doing what they think they should do. This means they either do things to fit in. Either that or they spend so much time working and doing chores that they don’t have any free time to pursue goals and passions. Make sure you get your passions in.
Check Out All Of The Opportunities In This World
There is so much to do in this world. When you adopt the mindset that you have an abundance of things going on, that’s when you can really open up and enjoy everything around you. If you stick to thinking that you should be pigeonholed into a specific lifestyle, then you’ll never be free and open. You could hit up the Aero Academy one day and suddenly learn how to fly. You might want to travel the world and learn about everything around you. You may discover a passion in a field that you never even fathomed before. The opportunities in life are seemingly endless and they’re right there for you to go and get.
See Failures As Positive And As Progress
So many people on this planet look at errors and failures as things to be ashamed of. They are often laughed at for making mistakes by people who don’t actually matter. This makes them not want to continue and to give up. If you want the best or you want to be the best, then you’re going to make hilarious and embarrassing mistakes along the way. It’s all part of getting what you want in the end.
When it comes to the human experiences, sometimes we can appear as being in denial, or we can appear as being completely in touch with our true calling. There are several people who are in the midst of various goals, and while there are obvious differences between them, they are both in tune with their calling. In the midst of a disagreement, you can also find yourself in a very clear realization. There are more than 2,000 things I love about you. For example, your sense of humor makes me laugh out loud. Your values and your dreams make me smile. Your smile makes me happy, and your voice makes me want to come play with you. You are the most remarkable person I have ever known.
At times, our happiness does not match up with the lives we lead. We have dreams and values that we have forgotten to instill in our children. It is our duty to do so. It is important to instill love and compassion, and to pass down our value system and our sense of humor. We are a team, a team of equals. Each person should be allowed to express themselves fully, and to be just as they are in every way. I am here to remind you that you are not alone.
There is an abundance of good people out there who would love to help you in any way they can. There is a growing community of people who are helping to guide you in the right direction. The process may be slow at times, but there is a growing movement of people who are willing to be excellent role-models. You do not have to be a guru. You can get the tools and all the experience you need to not only stay in the game, but to become a champion.
Every Christmas, Ryohei Ando gathers his family together for a holiday tradition. Just like their father did as a child, his two children will reach deep into a red-and-white bucket and pick out the best piece of fried chicken they can find.
Yes, it’s a Merry KFC Christmas for the Ando family. It may seem odd anywhere outside Japan, but Ando’s family and millions of others would never let a Christmas go by without Kentucky Fried Chicken. Every Christmas season an estimated 3.6 million Japanese families treat themselves to fried chicken from the American fast-food chain, in what has become a nationwide tradition.
You can read about this KFC Christmas event over at BBC.com!
I've been a good dad all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my two children on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor, sold sixty-two cases of chocolate bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground and figured out how to attach nine patches onto my daughter's girl scout sash with staples and a glue gun.
I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.
Here are my Christmas wishes:
I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache after a day of chasing kids (in any color, except blue, which I already have) and arms that don't flap in the breeze but are strong enough to carry a screaming toddler out of the candy aisle in the grocery store. I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere amongst the countless cans of pepsi I've drunk. If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like a car with fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to watch the football live on my phone for just 5 minutes.
On the practical side, I could use a talking daughter doll that says, "Yes, Daddy" to boost my parental confidence, along with one potty-trained toddler, two kids who don't fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools. I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting, "Stop turning the taps on" and 'Leave the cat alone,' because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing range and can only be heard by the dog. And please don't forget the Playdoh Travel Pack, the hottest stocking stuffer this year for mothers of preschoolers. It comes in three fluorescent colors and is guaranteed to crumble on any carpet making the in-laws' house seem just like mine. If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair (if I had any) in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container. If you don't mind I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could make my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family; or if my toddler didn't look so cute sneaking downstairs to eat contraband ice cream in his pajamas at midnight.
Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the chimney and come in and dry off by the fire so you don't catch a cold. Help yourself to cookies on the table but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet, I've only just managed to finishing the hoovering.
Yours Always.. Dad.
P.S. - One more thing...you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my children young enough to believe in Santa.
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Getting older shouldn’t be something to be frightened of. With older age comes the possibility of having more time for yourself, a greater appreciation for your family, and opportunities to explore new challenges and adventures! To make sure you’re as prepared as you can be, check out these tips:
1. Prioritize your health
Getting old can be a seriously joyous thing, but enjoying your life to the max is easier if you’re healthy. So, taking regular exercise (you can even do it from home thanks to online courses and programs) and eating well is all part of the package. After all, you want to make sure you’re in tip-top condition while you’re off exploring, don’t you?
2. Be organized
Ensuring all your documents and plans are in a safe place is one of the kindest things you can do. This means that no matter the scenario, a trusted person or loved one will have all the paperwork they need. This will take a load off your mind, and you can move on to enjoying more exciting things!
3. Pick up new hobbies
Your latter years are a great time to spend time on new hobbies and skills. Exercise your brain and indulge passion projects that you’ve always considered. Have you always wanted to try fishing? Is salsa your thing? Do you think you might want to speak French? There are so many online and offline courses out there to choose from. And if that’s not your thing, then it’s time to get out there and try it on your own.
4. Upgrade your home
Making a couple of sensible changes to your home can make all the difference to your comfort in the years to come. That doesn’t mean moving straight into a bungalow or installing a stairlift, but it does mean making a few adjustments. Consider including a few pieces of handcrafted pieces, like Crown Furniture, to create an environment that’s safe, chic, and easy to use. Looking for additional ways to improve your home? Try adding these 8 Best Indoor Plants with Health Benefits.
5. Mindfulness matters
Keeping your brain supple is key, but so is keeping your mental health strong. Practicing mindfulness can be a great way to live in the moment and help relieve any stress. It also has the benefits of lowering blood pressure, improving sleep, and generally improving all-round health. To get started, you can choose from a number of apps and courses. Hopefully, you will enjoy the benefits of decreased stress and anxiety and improved focus.
6. Try yoga
It’s true that falls pose a danger to older adults, so to mitigate the risk, try picking up yoga. It helps strengthen core muscles and works on balance and flexibility. Not to mention, it’s a very calming and healthy activity. Adding yoga into your routine is a great way to keep yourself fit and healthy, well into older adulthood.
Hopefully, this article has given you some tips and tricks that will help you ‘age well’ and enjoy your later years.
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