Keeping healthy over 50
Everyone deserves to have a retirement they can fully enjoy and one way to prepare for your retirement is to focus on keeping healthy as you continue to age.
It’s widely accepted that there are three key areas that can have a very positive effect on continuing good health and these are diet, exercise and lifestyle.
Even though each week seems to bring a new piece of dietary advice – or dire warning – there are certain principles of a good diet that remain constant if you want to maintain a healthy weight and metabolism.
For example, it’s important to have a balanced diet including the right amounts of protein, carbohydrate, and dairy products and to closely watch how much fat and sugar you eat.
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It’s also important to exercise if you want to stay healthy, and there are so many benefits beyond simply being fitter and more active.
For example, it means you’ll have more energy to enjoy your leisure time too, whether it’s playing in the garden with the grandchildren, pursuing a favourite outdoor hobby or even making the most of an active holiday.
There are lots of ways that you can maintain your fitness – and they don’t have to mean pounding the treadmill at the gym. For example walking or swimming are two very good ways to build up strength, stamina and flexibility.
“A healthy mind in a healthy body” may be a cliché but it’s one with more than a grain of truth to it. If you do keep up your level of fitness into old age then it will also help you to be more mentally acute – and that’s going to be especially useful when it comes to thinking about how to spend the money in your expanded pension pot!
Take a look at your lifestyle
There may also be certain aspects of your lifestyle which could be worth considering. For example if you smoke then cutting this down or cutting it out completely could have a very beneficial effect almost immediately. Similarly, if you drink regularly then looking at the number of units you consume each week and trying to reduce it would also be a very good idea.
Visiting your GP or looking on the NHS UK website would be a very good place to start if you're considering making positive changes to your lifestyle.
However healthy your lifestyle is, it could also be very reassuring to know that if you do ever need medical treatment it will be readily and easily available. That’s why many people choose to benefit from being covered by health insurance.