Health : the new rules of the game to live better!
To be 50 years old and over: instead of living the life you have left to live, how to live your best life? Here is the question that women who are 50 years of age or older will answer in this article. I will start by recalling some biological evidence and recommendations to follow in order to highlight how to maintain a healthier life. Then, I will insist on the pleasures that play on morale and reveal the positive side of age.
Age 50 and over: your personal checklist
For women, turning 50 is a big milestone. Society tells you it’s a crossroads. Your body emphasizes the point. Every woman over 50 feels it.
Children are going to or are already going to college, parents get old at best. There may be marriage issues, professional challenges. It is definitely a stressful time. You also find that you cannot abuse your body as much as when you were younger. Your body is simply not as resilient as it used to be.
Being 50 years old and over: it’s a time when women seriously need to take stock of their lifestyle, and make some changes!
For many women over 50, it is also a time of self-reflection. Women begin to think about their purpose in life, to find what makes them happy and fulfilled. Are they ready for something new, a job they love to do?
Women over 50: getting more body and mind
To keep your mind and health in peak condition, here is your list of things to do:
Get a lot of sleep
Maybe you could get four hours of sleep a night when you were still 40, but your body can’t take that abuse anymore when you’re older.
Set aside a moment of calm each morning
Meditate, pray, visualize your day. Read something that inspires you. Focus on self-renewal.
Do an annual health check
You need to test for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and thyroid. Also talk to your doctor about any symptoms of depression, which can be common in women over 50. These include: persistent sadness or pessimism, feelings of worthlessness, loss of hope, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, and insomnia.
To be optimistic
Take the time to understand what you want out of life. Find purpose and meaning. Then spread joy to others.
Getting cancer screenings
Cancer screening begins at age 50. Mammograms should be annual. Pap tests are continued every one to three years if you are sexually active.
Check your bones with a bone density test
Talk to your doctor about calcium and vitamin D. Get at least 1,200 milligrams of calcium per day. Strengthen your bones. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that we associate with aging, and rightly so. Equally important is strength training for building muscle mass and bone density. Bonus added? Your body will be toned and strong.
Do a lot of aerobic exercise
What did I mean by this type of exercise? As an example, I can give the walk. They build strong bones and also reduce the risk of heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. Move your body. Give your body and mind the daily gift of movement, whatever it is. Even a brisk walk will get you on the right track. It’s not about being skinny; it’s about being strong and as fit as possible.
Yoga is a great stretching exercise and improves flexibility. The flexibility gives you better balance so you don’t fall – which prevents fractures.
Bungee jumping, rock climbing, hiking, skiing, dancing – whatever makes you happy. Act how you feel and you will feel young.
It is important that women over 50 consume plenty of fruits and vegetables. And eat more fatty fish (like salmon) for heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Learn to love whole grains, lentils, and lean, skinless protein. Treat yourself to candy, but only occasionally. When using oils, lean towards the good ones, like extra virgin olive oil.
Drink with great moderation
For all women, not just women over 50, one alcoholic drink per night is enough.
It is obvious, but it is shocking to still see women smokers in the street. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable illness and death. If you are over 50 and continue to smoke, seek help to quit.
Have safe sex
Don’t think because you are over 50 that you are immune to sexually transmitted diseases. You are not. Make sure you get the scoop on your partner before continuing, even if you are in a stable relationship. Use condoms. Discuss your risk factors with your doctor and get tested for the most common STDs, especially when starting a relationship. Insist that your partner does the same.
Find a creative outlet
This helps prevent depression – and depression affects memory. Having a creative outlet helps stimulate your mind. Start painting. Create a beautiful garden. Involving your creativity stimulates your brain more than reading, and certainly more than television.
Make your home an oasis. Eliminate the clutter. Fill your home with great music, books, and friends. Take it out and recharge it when you need it.
Ask yourself these questions:
Do I stay engaged with the world and the people I care about?
Am I taking care of my body and mind?
Do I make “me” a priority?
Am I in control of my finances?
Am I having fun?
Some tips that will help you answer all these questions with a yes!
Maintain a network of contacts
Whether you are working, retired, or considering re-entering the workforce, networking is essential. Interact with people on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WatsApp, etc. in groups or individually, will keep you up to date and connected. Also keep your CV up to date.
Create a personal board of directors
Life after 50 is filled with change and can be confusing. Whether you’re looking to change careers, continue a relationship (or end it), or buy a home, having a trusted group helps you consider life’s biggest questions. Invite several non-judgmental friends who will encourage and guide you. And do the same for them.
Partner with positive-oriented people
They will not drain your precious energy with complaints. Positive people will help you get the most out of life. Make now the best time of your life.
Accept the results of your previous choices, but understand that it is probably high time to make some adjustments to the way you live your life in the future. Think about your future and imagine what you would like it to be. You do not know where to start ?
Save more and spend less
The more money you save after 50, the less stress and anxiety you will feel. A big fear among those over 50 is not having enough money to live well later in life. The retirement calculator can help you see how you are doing. The sooner you start saving more and spending less, the better off you’ll be. Take advice from the best money experts: use a paid financial planner just to get you on the right track.
Be a person of action
We’re all busy with family, work, and friends, but that’s no excuse to stop thinking about the causes that are important to us and to the world. We have wisdom and ideas. Don’t just pass the baton on to the next generation. Keep it with them so that we can solve the world’s problems together.
Kiss your inner child
Smile, play, laugh, have fun with family and friends. Take up a hobby or activity that maybe you can do with other people who care about you.
Kiss especially your age
Don’t fight aging. It’s a very powerful concept – letting go of your young self and embracing and loving your aging self. Treat yourself with kindness and respect and take care of yourself – body, mind and soul – as you would your children, family and friends.