If you are over 50, start work on directing the course of your life post retirement straight away. You have very little time to lose.
The times have changed; to be a burden on others is untenable. Planning your life and preparing in advance will enable you to lead a life of happiness and fulfilment all the way to the eighties and beyond.
Start laying the foundation for three must do requirements
Physical fitness–Healthy eating habits –A spiritual foundation
You can build strength, flexibility, and cardio fitness even if you have been living a relatively sedentary life. Get started and build your fitness gradually. You will soon adopt a fitness regime that you will follow all your life. This will keep your muscles and bones strong and minimise the risk of falls and loss of mobility. In latter posts I will cover suggestions on the physical fitness regime you can follow.
The principles of healthy eating are simple. Dr. V. Mohan, the eminent diabetologist says, “If you follow a balanced and nutritious diet by reducing carbs, eating small quantities of healthy fats, plenty of green leafy vegetables and fruits and sufficient quantity of proteins from vegetable sources, along with keeping yourself physically fit and taking stress reducing measures, you will lead a long and healthy life.”
Ishi Khosla, the well know nutritionist says, “Eating right will slowly change you, both in terms of your hunger and preferences.” She says that eating right will reduce our food intake by as much as 50% and yet increase our energy levels. The right food keeps craving away and keeps you from eating junk food.
A spiritual plank in your life is essential to keep a sense of purpose as you cope with the challenges, physical, mental, and emotional as you join the ranks of senior citizens. This does not mean that spiritual activities and religious pursuits are necessary only in the latter stages of life. It is a tremendous force multiplier at all times. It gives you emotional strength and the wisdom to navigate the inevitable twists and turns of life.
Think about the things you love to do and pursue post retirement. Some of these pursuits may require skill development, investments, and preparatory work. You also need to take heed of financial planning and make adjustments if you need to. Starting well ahead of time will ensure that you eagerly look forward to retirement and set about achieving your aspirations straight away.
In the next few posts, I will cover my personal approach to retirement planning and setting up an active ageing agenda and the approaches of a few others.
Please share any thoughts or queries that you have at this stage.
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