NO THANKS: Get rid of the ciggies and enjoy growing older even more.
NO THANKS: Get rid of the ciggies and enjoy growing older even more.

How to get ready to grow old

GROWING old is for everyone.

Yes, even for you and so it could be a good idea to prepare.

We all think we're always going to be as young as we are now but it doesn't work that way.

While 70 might seem a long way off, you will get there soon and have no idea where the time went.

Here's what to do to ready yourself.

It's all about attitude so never think of yourself as old.

As George Burns said: "You can't help getting older but you don't have to get old.”

Look after yourself as you only have one body.

The experience of ageing gracefully revolves around your state of your health - physical, mental and spiritual.

Make sure you're prepared by maintaining fitness.

Go to the gym, lift weights, walk, keep legs strong by doing squats and strengthen core muscles so you'll avoid falling over and breaking anything.

Yoga is great.

Quit smoking.

Stop sun worshipping and always wear sunblock.

Encourage friendships, avoiding eating junk food by deciding what goes into your mouth and get to a good weight for you and stay there as overweight oldies experience all sorts of extra inconveniences.

Take care of your mind by exposing yourself to high quality things and meditate daily.

Look on life light-heartedly, smile a lot and don't live the worst-case-scenario.

Ask yourself when you're feeling low if this will still matter in five months or five years?

Stop being a worrywart for as Mark Twain said: "I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened”.

Improve the quality of your life with sight and hearing tests, regular dental check-ups and plan your finances.

While you've probably heard that old age sucks, by preparing now, you'll find it doesn't suck nearly as much as you thought it would.

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