Enjoy An Active Life Over 50
Enjoy An Active Life Over 50!
Enjoying your life at any age is the goal but turning 50 years old is a real milestone when you consider that it’s a half a century. Some choose to celebrate their 50th birthday with a big birthday bash or a some other special event to remember. Others find it all a bit depressing and would rather let the day go by with the less fuss the better. They dwell on the fact that they really are aging and are getting more concerned about their aging skin and other normal changes that comes with the passing years.
Whatever your feelings are about aging you can’t stop time but you can choose what you want to do with it and how to live whether it’s life at 50, 60, 70 and over after all it’s your choice to make.
To Celebrate or not
Just because you are now one of the over 50s is not the end of the world or your life. It’s just a new chapter for you so with you as the main character you choose how you want to write this new chapter. Will it be dull and boring or will it be fun and exciting?
It’s not surprising that a momentous birthday is a time when most of us will spend some time reflecting on our life, our accomplishments, disappointments, where we’ve been, what we’ve done and where we have yet to go. While you reflect on what’s already past it’s now time to contemplate your future and make a conscious choice of what you want your life over 50 to be like and what actions you are going to start taking to make it a reality.
Life is full of ups and downs
As we age having ups and downs in life doesn’t change. Around your 50s life can bring lots of change and challenges. With life over 50 and aging in general often come more health challenges, not only for you but for your family and friends too. You are often faced with things you haven’t had to deal with before like your kids leaving home and coming to terms with an empty nest, dealing with aging parents and their issues, kids getting married and becoming a grandparent yourself. Life over 50 will also have you thinking more about our retirement years and if you will manage financially.
Physical changes over 50.
There are a number of physical changes that become more apparent too. Like most over 50s and even younger many begin the search for anti aging products and ideas to help maintain their youthful looks for as long as they can. You notice more lines and wrinkles on your face, your hair may be thinning or possibly gone altogether. Even those with great eyesight start to need reading glasses, your eye site just isn’t as sharp as it used to be. You may find that you need the volume turned up a notch higher as hearing is more challenging for a lot of people over 50 too.
It’s not unusual that when you get to life over 50 health related issues such as arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure are also more prevalent but keep in mind many of these challenges can be overcome or managed by making a few lifestyle changes.
Attitude has a lot to do with how we cope with change. A good positive attitude will make life a lot more pleasant for you and everyone else around you. When challenges do arise some people are so overcome by them that they completely give in to them right away, while others will handle them by becoming proactive and make every effort to overcome or improve the situation. Maintaining physical, mental and emotional health as well as your independence well into old age is clearly what you should be striving for.
50 is by no means old
Turning 50, 60 or even 70 today is by no means old. When you consider that you could be around for another 30-40 years or so that’s a lot of time to just waste. Rather than just let time dwindle away use it wisely. Your life over 50 is a great opportunity to do many of the things that you never got around to earlier.
It’s in your own best interest to figure out what you want to do with this next third of your life. Many of the years to come could continue to be very productive. You probably know of people that continue to ski, golf, play in a band, run a business or enjoy traveling to new places and enjoy new experiences way past the expected retirement age. There are those that still continue to try new things into their late 80’s and 90’s and good for them!.
Take advantage of your opportunities
There are lots of great opportunities to still come in your life over 50. It’s a great time to learn new skills, have you ever wanted to learn more about photography, or maybe learning to paint, I’ll bet there are lots of you that always wanted to be able to play an instrument. With travel on your mind you may want to learn a new language, or keep fit and have fun by taking ballroom dance lessons. You may already have a hobby that put on hold so now might be a good time to it pick up.
Travel is enjoyed by people of all ages so why not travel to new places, meet new people and enjoy new experiences. At this time in your life it’s time to think more about you and what you really want for yourself.
Often people don’t realize until they are older that when it comes down to it life and happiness is not about possessions, it’s about the people in your life and the experiences that you have. Stuff doesn’t create good memories or relationships, it doesn’t fulfill or inspire you. Remember that it’s the people you enjoy being with and positive experiences that fulfill you. So in your life over 50 do what you can to create friendships, fun, happy adventures and memories!
It’s not all down hill from here!
Of course there are those that will be convinced that once you are over 50 that it’s all going to be all downhill and that the best of life is over but that does not have to be true unless that’s the way you want it. Of course there are situations where some people do have health and other issues that get worse over time, however you still need to try to keep a good attitude and not give in to negative thoughts.
Do your utmost to make the best of what you have. Life is far from over for most. There’s always someone new turning 50. We can change our minds about things we can also change our attitude so do you plan to have a negative attitude about life over 50 or one of hope, excitement and purpose?
Changing retirement plans
With the constant changes in the economy many are forced to changing their retirement plans. Some have lost pensions, their investments, homes and their jobs. Many seniors are forced to work much longer than they ever intended. Some will find they have to postpone or trim back on retirement plans.
Even if things are not what you planned when it comes to your retirement, as disappointing as it is, it’s still important to do what you can with what you have while you are able. Don’t leave the things you want to do until it’s too late. There are many seniors that one day just decide that they don’t want to travel far any longer. It becomes too much of an effort and can be hard work when you get older.
If there are activities that you want to participate in do them while you are able. There is no denying that finances can play a big part in what you are able to do, but as you reach your over 50s years don’t let finances be an excuse to keep you from doing the things that are possible. Finding new things to do could include finding ways to make some extra income too.
If you are already retired, or planning to retire soon you will probably be thinking about retirement differently than someone in their 50s who is still working with a family to support. Even so for parents in their 50s you’ll probably find that your nest will be empty before you know it, so you still need to think about you, your life and future. There are times in your life when you are more able to do and enjoy some things more than others. You cannot and should not put everything off until tomorrow.
My Health Coverage
Needless to say, it is important to maintain your health insurance. Many companies now have ceased offering retirement health coverage, so if you find yourself not sufficiently covered, it may be time to check several health insurance quotes online.
Making a difference with your life over 50
If you have worked hard and are now considering retiring you may want to think about having some fun and doing things that you really want to do. Use your time to make a difference to your own life and the lives of others. Some retirees have a real problem adjusting to their new life, they feel that they don’t have a purpose and many miss certain aspects of their old work life; especially the interaction with others. Volunteering is very rewarding and fulfilling for many seniors.
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