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Can you guess what I dislike about getting older the most? I’m an avid traveller, love to exercise and get out in the great outdoors, and I love a challenge. But what peeves me the most about my “loves” is that as I get older the less my body wants to co-operate. It simply isn’t as flexible and reactive as it used to be. So with this in mind I’m here to tell you about 5 ways to keep travel fit as we get older.
In my case, I have lower back issues, a little bursitis in both hips and one shoulder. I know I sound like a mess! However I do not use these complaints as an excuse to get out of exercise. I still exercise every single day by either walking, doing a Pilates or Yoga class a few times a week or by riding my bicycle, (rather than driving my car).
Health professionals advise putting some weight bearing exercises into your fitness regime, which is something I have trouble with because of my shoulder. So I do Studio Pilates that does use some light hand weights and a system of pulleys and ropes on a reformer, that creates resistance and is much gentler than lifting heavy weights.
I also try to include hills and stairs in my morning walks and also up the speed of my walking pace so that I’m slightly puffed. When I’m travelling I like to walk everywhere to explore my surrounds and really immerse myself in the city or town that I’m visiting. I also love to do some long hikes, so keeping physically fit is extremely important to me so that I can do these things.
Once we retire and leave work there is the problem of lack of mental stimulation for our minds. Some retirees become avid readers, play cards or do puzzles. However I recommend taking up a mental challenge such as learning a new language, doing short courses or finding a part-time job for a few hours a week.
In my case I work part-time as a web writer/social media manager for a Hotel/Resort Marketing Company and I have this wonderful blog to keep my mind stimulated. When you’re travelling you really need to have your wits about you. There are times when travel can be very challenging mentally when you’re trying to read a map, a train timetable, find accommodation or decipher a foreign language. So keeping your mind sharp is just as important as keeping physically fit.
A huge part of our overall fitness as we get older includes our hearing fitness. As we age, the likelihood of experiencing hearing loss increases, with around 60% of people aged over 60 having some kind of hearing loss. Because age-related hearing loss occurs gradually, you may not be aware your hearing is diminishing.
So if you’re experiencing any of these things, then it might be time to get your hearing checked:
I think out of the four things listed above, I’m guilty of talking too loud so I think it’s time for me to have my hearing tested. I certainly want to be able to hear conversations with other travellers and I don’t want to miss a word of what the tour guide is saying on my next overseas trip! We all need to keep an ear out on our hearing fitness as we age.
Make it a priority to have your hearing checked on a regular basis, and with Australian Hearing, the checks are all conducted by experts and take around five minutes to complete.
As well as hearing fitness, it’s also important to have a thorough medical check-up prior to travelling overseas or for extended periods. There would be nothing worse than getting ill when you’re travelling or running out of your prescription medication.
Your GP will run a set of blood tests to check your overall health, take your blood pressure, listen to your heart and take your pulse. He or she may also weigh you and suggest dieting if you’re a little overweight. Also during your check-up ensure that you have enough prescription meds to last you for the trip and ask about preventative medications such as vaccinations. I also advise getting a script for some antibiotics, anti-nausea or diarrhoea tablets. In some countries you need to be aware of certain dangers with drinking their water or the risk of catching diseases that we’re not exposed to in our country.
As we get older we still need to keep social by interacting with other people. This contributes to our mental wellbeing, feeling loved and cared for. Once we lose our partner, it’s no longer an excuse not to travel. There are still plenty of opportunities to be had by travelling with a friend or group of friends, finding a group travel company that caters for your age group or even by taking a holiday with family members.
I often travel with girlfriends or with one of my children. In fact I’m off on a girl’s weekend to Melbourne soon with my 27-year old daughter. I have a few girlfriends that are divorced or widowed and they are all travelling to far away and foreign places, solo or with a tour group. They are off seeing the world and meeting new and interesting people and are certainly not twiddling their thumbs at home!
So make sure as you get a little older to keep yourself travel fit so that you keep on enjoying travel experiences well into your old age.
What are your thoughts? Do you think it’s important to keep travel fit as we get older? Do you have any tips? I’d love to hear them.
I am really happy to work with our sponsor, Australian Hearing, today to share this crucial information with you!
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset.
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Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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