As the saying goes, you’re as young as you feel, and although turning 50 is a big milestone, it certainly doesn’t mean life can’t continue to be exciting! In fact, just the opposite. As a little gift to you, we’ve compiled our list of life hacks for 50 year olds.
If you’ve recently celebrated the big 5-0, or your birthday is on the horizon, now is the perfect time to ensure that your fifties are your best decade yet.
These tips for quinquagenarians (that’s anyone between the age of 50 and 59 years old) are sure to put a spring in your step.
Here is our 9 Life Hacks for 50 Year Olds:
1. Travel More
There are so many beautiful places to see and amazing cultures to experience all over the world. Just because you’ve turned 50 doesn’t mean you need to curb your wanderlust. In fact, now is the perfect time to travel extensively.
The chances are, your children are grown up and able to fend for themselves, your career is established, and you have more free time. If you’ve dreamed of exploring far-flung places, make your 50s the decade to do it. Book that trip to Bora-Bora, spend a week walking through the Peruvian countryside, or see the pyramids in Egypt.
2. Offer To Volunteer
Volunteering can be an incredibly enriching experience; it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, give back to your local community, and learn new skills. If you intend to retire in your 50s, this could be a great way to occupy your time. Alternatively, you can fit volunteering around your work schedule.
You may be surprised at how rewarding you find volunteering, and it might be something you do for many years to come. Help out at your local animal shelter, serve soup at a soup kitchen or work on fundraising efforts that support a good cause.
3. Treat Yourself To Anti-Ageing Treatments
Cosmetic treatments might not be right for everyone, but they can help boost your confidence and make you feel refreshed and rejuvenated. If you’re starting to feel self-conscious in your 50s, you might want to consider a few treatments to help you maintain a youthful appearance.
You can opt for anti-ageing facials or skin rejuvenation treatments, Botox, a hair transplant, or any other cosmetic treatment that makes you look and feel good. Investing in yourself is always money worth spending!
4. Be More Active
It’s important to stay active for your health, but it can be easy to let exercise fall by the wayside when you have a busy schedule. If you do want to stay fit and healthy, then there’s no time like the present to start moving.
Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be a chore, either. You can make it fun by doing physical activities that you enjoy, such as going for hikes in the countryside, bike rides, or dance classes. You can also ask your friends if they want to join you and make working out more of a social activity.
5. Try Something New
Turning 50 is a great excuse to try something new – not that you need an excuse! Book that chocolate-making course you’ve always wanted to do, learn how to do pottery, drive a muscle car or make candles, beer or anything else that takes your fancy.
You may find that you end up with a new hobby, and if you don’t, you’ll still have enjoyed a brand-new experience. Don’t just stop at one. Make trying new things a habit and continue to broaden your horizons.
6. Go On An Adventure
Trying something new is an adventure, but what about trying something extra daring or exciting? The great part of being 50 is that you are still young enough to do something crazy, but you have the life experience to ensure that you do it with caution!
Go sky diving, scuba diving, on safari, in that race car… choose something that defines adventure for you and give it a try.
7. Get That Medical Check
Staying healthy is the key to really enjoying life. Your 50s are a good time to have a full physical and to ensure that you’re up to date with all your medical checks. Give yourself the gift of peace of mind and make sure you’re in the best possible health.
If you have any underlying conditions, you can get them under control and ensure that this decade is a healthy one!
8. Make a List
Call it a bucket list, a to-do list, 50 at age 50 list… whatever you call it, make one! We just call it life hacks for 50 year olds. Write down what you want to achieve, any places you want to go, experiences you want to have, or people you want to visit. Whatever is important to you, write it down. Then, make plans to start ticking these things off your list.
You can add to your list as you go and use it as the basis for a journal of your memories too.
9. Spend More Time With Loved Ones
Finally, if you want to make your 50s your best decade yet, consider how much time you spend with the ones you love. The chances are life often gets in the way and quality time gets pushed to the wayside.
Whether it’s friends or family, time with those we love is priceless. Consider starting new traditions such as going on holiday together or having dinner at least once a month. This will give you more opportunities to nurture your close relationships and make cherished memories together.
Turning 50 is a great time to take stock of your life and decide what’s truly important. If you want to make this your best decade yet, use the above life hacks for 50 year olds to make this decade the greatest yet.