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Tips On How To Stay Healthy At 50

Updated on March 17, 2018
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Thelma is a Filipina expat living in Germany. She is a very creative person and shares tips about anything she has experienced in life.

Bonding with my high school friends.
Bonding with my high school friends. | Source

Time has come so fast. Where does it go? Was it not just yesterday when I went to a German school to learn German language? Well, it was! Thinking backward how I was then and how I am now, seems world apart to me. So thin, fragile, naive, shy and knew nothing about the world. And now? I am now the opposite of what I was. I complain when there is something wrong in the family and with friends. I am just frank to others about what I think and in this, I have to be careful when I'm in my home country Philippines. In Germany, I don't have to be careful. I learned being frank and sometimes being rude just to survive.

Well, I am getting so far from my topic. Right, let's talk about how to keep ourselves healthy at 50 or something. These tips are base from my own experiences and my own opinion.

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Fresh fruits: Papaya, watermelon, pineapple, bananas and jackfruitsVegetable Market, Philippines
Fresh fruits: Papaya, watermelon, pineapple, bananas and jackfruits
Fresh fruits: Papaya, watermelon, pineapple, bananas and jackfruits | Source
Vegetable Market, Philippines
Vegetable Market, Philippines | Source

Here they are:

1. Keep away from negative person.

He/she will just ruin your good mood and you will feel sick right after he /she has left you. Negative person always find something bad about your conversation. May it be about things, people around you and your surroundings. You can tell him/her about any happy events such as recovering from a sickness, he/she will still say something that will pull you down. If you can not avoid this kind of a person, think of something that will make you smile and don't listen at all. If it is not so hard for you, tell him/her to go away and tell frankly how you feel about his/her negativeness.

2. Take a good nights sleep.

It depends on how many hours you need for a good night sleep. It can be 8,7 or 6. It is up to your need.

3. Eat healthy foods.

Eating healthy foods is one way of keeping you healthy at 50 or more. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables everyday. Fruits like bananas, strawberries, avocado, jackfruit, pineapples, mangoes, apples and many others. A bowl of fresh fruits a day is good for you. Vegetables like spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peppers,etc...For me, eating fish everyday is good but meat should not be often as twice a week.

4. Drink a glass of red wine a day.

Drinking a glass of red wine a day is good for your heart. I love to drink a glass of red wine before going to bed as it gives me a good nights sleep. A pint of Guinness well do as well.

5. Have an exercise.

There are many different exercises we can choose to do like: jogging, walking, cycling, aerobic, yoga ...

6. Go dancing.

Have a dancing course like Zumba or just dance at home with the music you love. It does not matter if you dance alone as long as you enjoyed dancing.

7. Have a good laugh

Take a laughter course. The more laughing friends you have, the better. If there's no laughter course near you, organize one with your family or friends.

8. Smile

Don't walk frowning with a sour face as if you carry the whole world on your shoulder. SMILE instead. It will lighten your problem, if there is any. Besides that, a smile will make your face younger.

9. Bonding with your friends

Bonding with your friends is the best idea at all. You can do a lot with them. Eating healthy foods, exercising, smiling, dancing, laughing, playing games like charade, etc...

10. Brain Training

Play scrabble, crossword puzzles, sudoku, chess and other games which engage your mind. It will exercise your brain and thus keeping it fit.

11. Reading

Read books and magazines that interest you. Read books /novels about young generation to keep you aware of what's going on about them. With this knowledge you will know how to interact with the younger generation.

12. Write a journal or a diary

In case you forgot something what you did yesterday, a journal or a diary can "tell" you.

13. Make a list of things you ever wanted and make it happen.

Be aware that your life is running fast now, so do whatever you wanted to do. Be it parachuting, mountain climbing or just treating yourself to a spa.

14. Don't listen to a person who will discourage you.

Don't listen to a person who will say: " you can't do this and do that" because you are old. You might be 50 or something but you are still kicking alive. As long as you are in good health and in good condition, you can do what your heart long for. Yes, you have aged and has wrinkles on your face and everywhere but you are still young at heart. No matter what your family members and other people say about your age, it does not matter. It is only a number. The important thing is, is how good you feel.


Tuna fish at the fish market.
Tuna fish at the fish market. | Source

This article is dedicated to all my high school classmates Batch 1977. Without you, I will not be having this idea of writing about being at the age of 50 and something. Thank you my friends.

Having fun

Having fun with my high school classmates, Batch 1977.
Having fun with my high school classmates, Batch 1977. | Source

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    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      9 months ago from Germany and Philippines

      We have to do something to keep us healthy, Thank you very much Megha. Have a wonderful new week.

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      Megha 

      9 months ago

      So many great suggestions to keep in mind for staying healthy :) Thanks for sharing your secret :)

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      4 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      I thought I have changed a lot. Well, you know me for many years as a friend in the family. I hope you and Efsie are in good health. See you soon in Germany or in the Philippines. Thank you very much Fritz for your wonderful comments. I appreciate that. Take care and regards to Efsie and the kids.

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      Fritz 

      4 years ago

      very nice advice, Thelma. It's also true for people in the 60ies, I can already tell you. By the way, you have not changed much. Maybe your secondary characteristics like shyness have completely changed but your primary characteristics are still the same: you are very friendly, open, curious and prepared to learn from new experiences. I like to read more of your articles in future

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      I too, love dancing. In my opinion, a day without a laugh is something to be avoided. When there´s nothing for me to laugh about, I just go online and click on some comedies to watch and enjoy. Thanks for stopping by DDE;-)

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi Paul,

      A hobby is very important to ones life especially if one has retired from work. That´s one way of still feeling alive and being productive. Thanks for your wonderful comment and for sharing this hub to others. I appreciate that. Take care;-)

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I enjoy dancing and daily activity definitely would keep one fit in this age group, laughter is a great way to keep fit. Thanks for sharing this informative hub.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thelma,

      This is a very useful hub for any older person to read. I agree with everything you say. Based on my experiences, it's important for an older person to stay positive and be around younger people. You can't really retire and do absolutely nothing. It's important to have a hobby or a part-time job you like and to feel that you are productive all of your life. Voted up and sharing with followers.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      You´re right Rajan. So, we have to enjoy life and be happy no matter how old we are. Yes, I do enjoyed bonding with my high school friends especially when I´m often in my home country. Thanks for your visit and for the share. Have a great week!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful tips. We are only as old as our thoughts. So why not enjoy and be young in mind and as young as one can be in body.

      Good to see you have a great time in these pictures.

      Voted up and shared.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi raciniwa! Thanks for stopping by. Being at 50 or more is not really bad as what might others think about it. Just keep yourself healthy and have a positive mind. Have a great sunday!

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      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      now you make me smile with this wonderful hub...looking forward to being fifty and still have that huge smile to be painted on my lips...

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Thank you billybuc. I wish you the best of health, too. Take care.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All excellent suggestions. You have a very happy looking family for sure. I wish you the best of health in the years to come.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Thank you Ingenira for your visit. Yep, being with high school friends was very good and very relaxing.

      German culture is very different than Philippine culture. I can say that I have 2 different lives, both have negative and positive sides. I only have to know where I am at the moment to react to the people in exact manners. Have a good day!

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      Ingenira 

      6 years ago

      What an enlightening hub ! Being with high school friends are the time you can feel at total ease and young again.

      I'll really like to read more about your life in Germany, how different is the German culture from Philipines'.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi urmilashukla23! Thank you for your stopping by and for your follow. Have a great day!

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      Urmila 

      6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Great Hub. Pretty soon will be climbing up there. Thanks for sharing beautiful pictures. Voted up!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Thank you thumbi7, Diana Mendes and Lady_E for your good comments. Your comments are highly appreciated. Take care.

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      Elena 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      ~Excellent Tips. I like it.

      "50" is the new "40". :-)

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      Diana Mendes 

      6 years ago

      Great hub. Very useful tips. Thanks for sharing.

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      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      I am in my early fourties and I find this hub very useful.

      Thanks for sharing

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi Peter! Thank you for your comment and for your follow. I´m sure you have done something good for your health before you have read my hub. I can see it in your profile photo. Have a great weekend!

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      Peter Geekie 

      6 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Thank you Thelma - well written and useful hub - pity I didn't read it when I was 50!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi sandrabushy! Yep,you´re right. These tips come out from my own experiences. Thanks for your comment. Have a great day!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Thanks sgbrown for stopping by. Have a wonderful day, too! Take care.

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      Sandra Busby 

      6 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Totally love it, Thelma. And I can tell by the way you write that these come out of your own experience. Beautiful.

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great advice! Eating healthy, getting exercise and being happy are so important. Being a little over 50, (Did I say that!), I can agree with your advice! Great hub, voted up and useful. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi L.L.Woodard! If you have any ideas or tips to add on how to stay healthy at 50, I will be glad to hear it.

      Just like you, I avoid people who are negatives and making me sick for just listening what they say. They stink! Thanks for sharing this article to other readers. Take care.

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      L.L. Woodard 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Thelma, I'd be hard-pressed to do a more thorough and accurate list than the one you've compiled here for how to stay healthy at 50+.

      I try to avoid people in my day-to-day life who consistently suck energy from me with their negative thoughts. For me, it is an important aspect of maintaining good mental and emotional health.

      Thank you for SHARING.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi mts1098! Yes, do try some of these tips.Thanks for your stopping by. Have a great day.

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      mts1098 

      6 years ago

      I will have to try some of these. I have never heard of jack-fruit but I do like the red wine and/or Guinness before bed :)

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi sandrabushy! Yes, life itself is a good teacher to me and I really learned a lot. It is not easy living in two different cultures as I always have to think where I am now, to be careful not to hurt other people when I'm in the Philippines. Thanks for your comment and for your SHARING.

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      Sandra Busby 

      6 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Thelma, Life itself is such a wonderful teacher and it sounds like you've been an excellent student. Can't imagine it has been easy living in two such different cultures. But I'm sure it has been enriching. Thanks for SHARING. Sandra Busby

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Thanks radhikasree for your brilliant comment. Have a lovely week.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Thanks dianew for dropping by and for giving a comment. Have a lovely week.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      6 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

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      dianew 

      6 years ago from Spain

      thank you Thelma for an interesting hub and a great read; Voted up and interesting. I am already in my late 50s and agree with everything you say.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi Joan! Thanks for your comment. You know, I also remind myself to do these things. Have a great weekend.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Thank you Lesley for your comment. Have a nice weekend.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Thank you Eiddwen. I do have to remind myself every now and then as well, to do these things to keep me healthy. Have a lovely weekend.

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      Joan Whetzel 

      6 years ago

      All great suggestions. I needed the reminder for some of these. Thanks for reminding me to take care of myself.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Such a positive and uplifting hub Thelma and some excellent ideas.

      Thank you and voted up.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi carolp! Yes, we had lots of fun. You can join us next time you are in our hometown. We wish you will be here someday. Thanks for your comment. Greetings from all of our batch here.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Your welcome cloverleaffarm. Thanks for reading and for giving a comment. Have a nice day!

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      A great hub ;brilliant idea;brilliant happy colours and also lots of other positives;the great idea of jotting down do's nd dont's is brilliant.

      Just the hub on a bleak and dull Wednesday afternoon.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Carolina 

      6 years ago from Switzerland

      I feel you have lots of fun there in our hometime with our batch. Wish i could share with you some wonderful times and unforgetable moments soon.

      With fresh products to buy in the market...sure one can easily maintain healthy eating habits.

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      Healing Herbalist 

      6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Being almost 50, I had to read. Thanks for all the ideas. Be well!

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