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Life After 50 Is All About Balance, Wellness, & Health

Updated on December 27, 2015

Well Being After 50

There is no denying it. At 50+ years old, we are not as young as we used to be. That does not mean that we have to stop living life well. Fifty is a great time to turn your attention to your total wellbeing. For many people turning 50 can be an even higher hurdle than when they turned 30. They begin to think of themselves as old and dull. It does not have to be so. This can be the best time of your life. You can have a life full of health, vitality, and happiness after 50 and beyond.

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Exercise For Well Being After 50

Get moving. This is no time to sit down and allow your joints to stiffen up. Get up and get out there. Walking, outside if possible, is one of the greatest exercise ever. There is nothing like a brisk walk in the morning to get you motivated and clear your mind so that you can handle any stress the day throws at you. Breathing, don’t forget to breathe. Breathing exercises strengthens your lungs and keep them working at maximum capacity. The deeper you breathe, the more oxygen you take in. The more oxygen you take in, the more energy you will have. The more energy you have, the better you will feel. Try this simple breathing exercise for getting your lungs into shape and making the most of the oxygen available to you. It is simply called Deep Breathing:

(1) Sit or stand straight, pull your elbows back firmly, and inhale deeply.

(2) Hold your breath for 5 counts

(3) Exhale slowly and completely.

You, of course, choose your own exercise regimen. Whatever course you decide, walking, yoga, aerobics, or swimming, stick with it and keep moving.

Diet For Well Being After 50

Oh the dreaded ‘D’ word. It really does not have to be that bad. Diet does not always mean low fat, low sodium, no taste. This is, however, a time when extra pounds do not just melt off, it may take a little extra effort. It is much easier to face the word ‘diet’ if we focus on the do’s and not the don’ts. So, do add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Keep fruits out on the table or counter or in the front of the refrigerator, easily accessible. You will reach for the most handy foods available when you want a snack so make sure the healthier foods are the handiest.

Do turn to whole grain foods. Whole grains add lots of vitamins and minerals to your diet. They are loaded with antioxidants and yield much needed fiber to your diet.

And do eat more fish. Fish are the best source of omega 3 fatty acids which help keep your blood flowing smoothly thereby promoting good circulation. When blood can circulate unimpeded through out your system, all of your vital organs function better. You will feel better from the inside out.

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Take care of your mental health For Well Being After 50

Just because you are 50 does not mean that your life has suddenly become stress free. This may be a time of great change in your life. May be the kids are gone off to college and you have that ’empty nest syndrome.’ Your career may be taking some unexpected turns. Change happens. It is not always easy for us to adapt to, but it does happen. This is where taking care of yourself physically affects other areas of your life. Exercise and healthy eating play a huge roll in mental wellbeing. If you find yourself with more free time, and I hope you do, explore something new. Take a class in some area that you have had an interest in, but no time to pursue. Begin reading those books that you set aside years ago to read ‘someday’. Travel, whether you hop on a jet and travel to Europe, or just take a weekend drive, get away and get a different view of the world around you.

Don’t forget the sex. If you are active physically and are eating well, then chances are your sex drive is still healthy. You are not running on teenage hormone rushes, but, baby, you still got it. Use it! According to Pepper Swartz, author of "Prime: Advice and Adventures from a Sexologist on Life and Love in the Sensuous Years," fifty is part of the sensuous years. Swartz says that it is important to maintain our sexual and romantic life after 50 because it gives us ‘juice’. It simply makes us feel better and promotes an overall feeling of wellbeing. Oxytocin, the hormone which enables orgasms in men and women, produces a sense of peace and strengthens the bond with our partners. Just remember, unless you have been with someone for a very long time, use safe sex practices. You never get too old to guard yourself against STDs.

Balance Is The Key

Balance is the key to health and wellbeing at any age. If you have set your self aside for years as you have cared for family or focused on your career, it is time, high time, you make time to assess your own wellbeing. Explore new avenues into maintaining balance and wellness.

Ayurveda as an Avenue for Well Being

Ayurveda is one of those avenues.  Though it is certainly not new.  Ayurveda is an ancient practice that originated in India approximately 5,000 years ago.  Ayurveda simply means ‘science of life’.  This ancient practice takes the whole you into consideration when planning diet, exercise, and spiritual balance. Ayurveda contends that there are three constitutions or body types called doshas. There are three primary doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha. Everyone has a few aspects of each type, but one dosha will be dominant in every individual person.  If you are fortunate enough to have an Ayurvedic practitioner in your area, he/she can help you plan a lifestyle of balance for your mind, body and spirit.  Fifty plus can be a wonderful time in your life when you take care of the whole you.  Get started today on your healthy, happy life.

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