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If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it one thousand times. Words of advice and suggestions are thrown around constantly, and some will be useful to you, while others simply will not. Some tips won’t assist you in the slightest, so it’s important to be able to sort the good from the bad and to know when to take note. If you’re approaching 50, or if you’ve already earnt that milestone badge, then you’ll know that life is only continuing to get more exciting, and you’re ready, willing, and eager to reach new heights and to meet new people. It’s important to maintain your good health in the fifties and to recognise when you need more of one thing, and less of another, like high impact sports and, let’s be honest, that third glass of wine.
Set yourself challenges
Consider booking yourself in for a relaxing or deep tissue massage, to go dancing at facilities near to you, for cooking classes, or to travel to a city and stay there over the course of a weekend. Sunlife has proven that age is just a number, and that life begins after 50, so set yourself a challenge and a deadline, write it down in your diary and calendar, and stick to your plan. Wake up early to get out in the fresh air to walk or cycle, and also think about visiting friends with the intention of reconvening after not having seen them for some years.
Cooking for yourself
Hitting 50 doesn’t mean ordering ready meals to your door, and retiring in front of the TV for the next few decades years to come – that’s ridiculous. You’re still full of life at 50, and there’s still so much to see and do. Now is the time to enjoy the finer things and flavours in life, and to prepare the food you love for yourself, your partner, and family and friends. Sign up to receive weekly or monthly magazines detailing how to cook nutritious meals, those low in saturated fat, vegetarian dishes, and time-saving methods to create tasty lunches and dinners.
Try something new
Try something new but not necessarily something that seems a little off the wall, like high altitude experiences or cliff walking. These aren’t activities you can begin to get into very easily and regularly, and they’re somewhat dangerous. Tell yourself that you’ll adopt a small dog if you have the space to house it and the energy to regularly walk it, and figure out where you can take it on walks and trails around where you live. Try joining clubs and societies in order to socialise and make new friends, and give playing the guitar, piano, or violin another go.
Enjoy your garden
Your garden is a space for you to enjoy and to personalise in whatever way you want. You can make it a peaceful retreat to relax in during summertime, and to spend time gardening in, pottering about, installing a small fish pond, and spending precious time with your loved ones. Pot new colourful plants, mow the lawn, cut down low-hanging branches, and prepare a seated area outside that you can recline in and enjoy reading in the warmth.