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The more you keep yourself fit and healthy, the more you will get your money's-worth from your retirement.


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Gardening

 

 

Gardening is a healthy, exciting , creative exercise, regardless of age. Learning never ceases. Also many studies have revealed that regular physical gardening activity reduces the risk of many elderly conditions like high blood pressure, depression & strokes. Gardening will improve your strength, stamina as well as increasing your flexibility. So give your body & mind a workout & join in with one of the UK's favourite leisure times & start pottering around the garden for a workout that won't seem like one! More...

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Music, CD's, DVD's, Videos

 

Music, with its capacity to stir the senses and soothe the mind, has always played a healing role in relieving pain and anxiety. Listening to significant pieces of music can encourage the elderly to re-live memories that have therapeutic value. Calming music is also often played in dentists' surgeries, hospital treatment units and other places where people might feel uneasy or under threat. More...

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Reading

 

Read regularly - mental activity keeps your mind healthy, sharp and agile, regardless of age. Mental exercises can gradually help reverse the damage that causes memory loss. It is therefore vitally important for senior citizens to read & write as much as possible...The more you work your brain, the longer it will work for you! More...

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Pets

 

 

Look after your pets & they will look after you. Studies have proved that owning animals will dramatically benefit your health. Even basic handling will decrease your blood pressure & heart rate...So long as it doesn't bite you of course! In fact, pets may help elderly owners live longer, healthier, & more satisfying lives. More...

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Hobbies & activity ideas

An active life can have a much favourable impact on the brain as well as the body. Physical activities that include moderate movement will increase circulation & feed oxygen to the brain. This will increase learning ability & concentration especially in the elderly. Even light exercise & movement cuts the risk for Alzheimer's and general mental decline. So take up a new hobby or interest or expand and improve an existing one & notice the difference. More...

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Travel & Holidays

 

Don't feel guilty about being kind to yourself - take a holiday. You need to give yourself time to relax, and to engage in activities that you find rewarding. It is sensible, not self indulgent to look after your self in this way. Doing things you have to do all the time has a negative effect on your emotional health. As well as the fact that a holiday can renew the strength to carry on in the face of difficult circumstances. More...

 

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Sport

Studies show that regular exercise can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by almost a half. Exercise could improve your looks too! Your skin may look clearer and younger, as more toxins are passed out of the body during activity, and facial muscles also receive a toning and firming 'workout'.

Physical Benefits of Exercise
- Reduces the risk of heart disease and strokes
- Helps to control blood pressure and improves blood circulation
- Improves lung function
- Aids weight control
- Improves posture
- Helps to make bones stronger
- Strengthens and tones muscles
- Can slow the ageing process

Mental Benefits of Exercise
- Exercise releases 'the feel good' chemicals called endorphins, so you'll feel happier and de-stressed after a good workout
- Relieves depression
- Improves self-confidence
- Improves memory in the elderly

Remember - exercise gives you more energy, so you'll feel less tired, will do things quicker, and feel better about yourself. So make a start today & get organised to add more years to your life & more life to your years! More...

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Humour & Jokes

Research indicates that children smile or laugh 400 times per day, adults smile or laugh 15 or less times per day and think negative ideas ¾ of the time. Laughter benefits the body, mind and intellect and the dominant emotions of pleasure, peace, love, and joy. It can control high blood pressure and heart disease and strengthens the immune system. It is the best exercise for bronchitis and asthma by improving the lung capacity and oxygen level in the blood …and reduce Snoring because laughter is very good for the muscles of the soft palate and throat! More...

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