For many people, hitting the big 5-0 represents a fresh start of sorts. In many cases, the kids are grown or in college, the pace of daily life has slowed and there's more time to spend on self-improvement, making this stage of life ideal for starting or furthering fitness and nutrition goals. Here are some tips to keep you fit after 50.
Cultivate your passion
Don’t be one of those people who go home from their retirement party feeling like someone died. Long before you retire you need to find your passion and make it a part of your life so that when you retire you can totally immerse yourself in it. When you start following your passion, you will find your energy increases. Your mood improves too, you sleep better, and you are generally fired up about life.
Read one book a month
Reading is a great for many reasons but mainly because it makes you think. It exposes you to wonderful and strange ideas you have never thought of. It keeps your brain young. It can be an excellent component of a stress reduction plan.
Eat unprocessed food
Whole foods are those closest to their natural state. They've been mostly untouched by chemicals, processing or preservatives. Whole foods also tend to be rich in phytochemicals, antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats. A diet rich in whole foods boosts your health by offering up multiple nutrients
Make weight training part of your daily life
Being strong helps you have a higher quality of life, for longer. What good is living to age 90 if you can’t do the things you enjoy doing? Strength training not only makes you look and feel better but it keeps you doing the things you find fun longer, be it gardening, golf, or marathon running.
Make cardio part of your daily life
Over age 50, cardiovascular health is a problem for most of all, make daily cardio part of your daily activity. If you have never done daily cardio then you need to get a dog, and you need to walk it twice a day. Having a dog is a great way to force you to do your daily cardio and if you haven’t established a solid habit of daily cardio by age 50 then you need to be forced and a dog is a perfect way.
Throw away your alarm clock
Alarm clocks only serve one purpose and that is to wake you up before you have had enough sleep, in other words, alarm clocks only purpose is to insure you are sleep deprived! Sleep deprivation has many, many problems associated with it. Reduced reaction times, increased stress levels, decreased ability to concentrate, increased body fat. So, what to do? Throw out that alarm clock!
Take control of health
Stress: Try exercise, yoga, and meditation, this will help you sleep peacefully, reduce stress and prevent arthritis and cholesterol. Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. It has many benefits, including improving your overall health and fitness, and reducing your risk for many chronic diseases. There are many different types of exercise, it is important that you pick the right types for youFrom the Web
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