Caring for Your Body as You Age

Grandma enjoys life in retirement

By taking care for your body, aging can be a wonderful experience. The grandma shown here likely agrees! Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

There’s no getting around it, we’re all going to get older as the days, months and years go by. It can be a sobering thought for some, but you know what? You can grow old without growing sick or living a less fulfilling life – people do it every day. As long as you take care of yourself as you age, you will find that being older is an exciting and enjoyable experience.

Here are some quick tips to help you care for your body as you age:

Look After Your Bones

As you age, especially if you’re a woman, your bones may start to get more brittle and become a little thinner. If you aren’t careful, this could lead to some nasty injuries. Luckily, you can mitigate your chances of suffering from a condition like osteoporosis by doing weight bearing exercises and upping your calcium intake.

Keep Your Heart Healthy

The heart is often the thing that we worry about when we think about getting old, and although it’s true that lots of older people do suffer from heart-related illnesses, it isn’t a foregone conclusion. It’s fairly easy to keep your heart healthy by doing regular cardio activity, eating a healthy diet and losing weight if you need to. If you’re worried about your heart, health, see a doctor who will be able to advise you on taking better care of your heart now and as you age.

Maintain Your Brain

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A Quick Guide to Moving Away From Home

You’ve probably been desperate to move out of your parent’s house since you could remember. The thought of having a place to call your own, with nobody to tell you what you can’t and can’t do. You can walk around in your underwear and leave the washing up for as long as you like. Not to mention the parties that you can have without worrying about getting in trouble. Those are all the good bits, but there are always going to be downsides. As much as you think you could just pack a bag and find yourself a place to live, it isn’t that easy. There are a lot of things that you need to get in order before you’re ready to move into your own place. Luckily, this short guide can help you along the way.

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A guide to moving away from your parents’ home. Be prepared! Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Sort Your Finances

Before you go anywhere, you’ll need to get your finances in order. Your parents might not have worried about it, but unfortunately, landlords are going to make you pay for the place that you’re renting from them. Most of them are going to want a deposit up front which usually amounts to the first month’s rent plus a bit extra. That’s a significant amount of money, especially for somebody quite young. You aren’t going to find it down the back of the sofa so you need to get your finances organized.

The first step is to see how much money you’ve got coming in every month. Then take a look at how much is going out. If they don’t add up, you’ll need to start earning more or cut costs somewhere. If you’re living with your parents at the moment, your outgoings should be fairly small. It’s likely that, if you’re spending a lot of your money, it’s going on things that you don’t need. Although it’ll be a boring few months, stop spending on nights out and useless junk and you should be able to save up for a deposit in no time.

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