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People are living a lot longer these days, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be healthy when you get old. If you don’t look after your body and mind as you age, you might feel terrible. You will only enjoy your twilight years if you’re in good health, so I want to talk about a few ways you can change your life in order to get as much out of it as possible. Some of these ideas might not be new to you, but even if you implement one or two of them you’ll feel much healthier.

Exercise daily

You need an exercise routine to stay healthy after retirement. You could have avoided working out in your youth, but not anymore. You need to take special care of yourself during these twilight years. The way to do that is to keep moving: run, jog, or speed walk. Running is perhaps the best exercise to stay fit. If going for a morning jog is too daunting, then you can invest in a treadmill. Swimming is another wholesome exercise that you can benefit from. It’s also reenergizing.

Stay active in the community

Getting older doesn’t mean you can’t stay active in the community. If you want to stay healthy you have to exercise your mind and that means meeting up with friends a few times per week. You should also have a few hobbies because they’ll get you out the house. If you look around you will find a lot of classes you’ll be interested in. You can even volunteer your time to help others  and the less fortunate if you’re not too busy.

Stick to a healthy diet

You can slow down the aging process by sticking to a healthy diet. Once you put on more than a few extra pounds there is a bigger chance of you suffering from things like heart disease and diabetes. A healthy diet will also help your mind stay healthy. Combine your diet will an exercise routine and you will prevent your bones from becoming weaker and your joints from seizing up.

Accept that your life will change

Keep fighting the inevitable and it will suck the life out of you. You might be getting old but so what? They say you’re only as young as you feel, so you should start to feel good about yourself. The problems come when you resent the fact you’re walking around in a slower body. I guarantee you won’t get any younger, but you can be happy with what you’ve got. Once you start feeling depressed every time your body aches it will become your default mode.

Spend time with family

I hope you spend as much time with your family as possible. If you spend time with your grandkids when they’re younger they will remember you forever. When they smile it will make you feel a hundred times better about yourself. Looking after children is hard work, but instead of feeling tired you’ll feel great by the time they go home. If you don’t speak to your children because of a petty argument now is the time to do something about it before it’s too late.

 

Don’t wait around any longer – I’ve given you a few ideas you should take on board, but in order for them to help you’ll need to act on the advice. Just remember a few months from now you’ll feel like a new person if you put in the work.

 

For more great tips read: Live to 100 and Look Good Doing It!

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