10 Ways Retirement Abroad Can Help Keep You Young

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We’re all well aware of the term ‘having a bad hair day’
– after all most of us have suffered at least one of these
in our lifetime, even you men out there reading this! But as time
takes its toll on our bodies and the stresses of life catch up with
us, have you ever caught sight of yourself in the mirror and though
‘oh my goodness, I’m turning into my mother/father/great
aunt Ethel?’ If you have, then you’ve experienced a bad
age day!

None of us are immune to such an occurrence because sometimes the
weight of the world we live in can really drag our energy levels
down, and this can immediately be reflected in less than luminous
skin, lifeless hair, tired eyes and deepening frown lines. But who
wants to look in the mirror and see an aged parent staring straight
back at them?

Fortunately, for retirees who have managed to shake off a lot of
their previous stresses by making the move to a paradise abroad,
bad age days needn’t be a regular occurrence because turning
back the years and keeping old age at bay begins with feeling young
at heart.

Those of us who have made the bold move to live a better life in
retirement, to go in search of a better climate, an improved lifestyle,
a lower cost of living and a more laid back pace of life have taken
the most important step on the road to a happy retirement…and
in this report today I’m going to show you 10 ways that your
new life abroad will help enhance your wellbeing. In other words,
here are 10 ways that your new life will keep you looking and feeling
younger!

  1. A warm climate, like the one many retirees choose to live in,
    encourages the body to sweat out toxins, and naturally anyone
    living in a hot country finds themselves drinking more water.
    Water is critically important to stop skin from drying out and
    to prevent the body from becoming dehydrated. Dry skin is sad
    skin and a bad age day nightmare – so keep yourself topped
    up with water and avoid dehydration as a result. Have a glass
    with your breakfast and before your meals, and don’t forget
    to take a glass to bed with you in case you get thirsty in the
    night. By the way, if you drink a glass of water before meals
    this has the added benefit of making you feel fuller and ensuring
    you don’t over eat and add on extra weight through excess
    calorie intake!
  2. Oily fish is often easily and affordably accessible if you’re
    living in a seaside paradise in retirement – and oily fish
    is high in Omega 3, one of the body’s essential fatty acids
    that helps keep your brain alert – and Omega 3 has also been
    shown to help prevent heart disease. Clearly oily fish is therefore
    another essential element in fighting some of the effects of older
    age! Make sure you indulge at least 2 or 3 times a week and enjoy
    oily fish
    as part of an overall healthier diet.

  3. Buy in to the laid back lifestyle you’re living in and
    learn to rest! Whether you take a daily siesta like the
    locals do, or you just take some time out in the day to meditate
    or put your feet up and enjoy a nice cool drink, make sure you
    have an enforced period of rest every day. You need to de-stress
    and quite literally take the weight off your feet to aid circulation
    and to let your mind, body and spirit relax!
  4. Leading on from this point, as we get older many of us experience
    disturbed sleep patterns – and did you know that a survey
    of older Americans done in 2003 showed that the healthier a respondent
    was, the more regular sleep pattern they enjoyed! So, developing
    a healthy sleep pattern is important. It’s just not
    true that the more we age the less sleep we need – however,
    it is true that some people can ‘survive’ on very little
    sleep! But the keyword here is ‘survive’ – if you
    want to be healthy, you need to get a decent night’s sleep
    every night. If your bedroom is too hot you will find it harder
    to sleep. If you drink too much caffeine or alcohol in the afternoon
    and evening this can affect the quality of sleep you get. You
    can ‘catch up’ on sleep, and power naps can refresh
    you – but ideally you need to do everything you can to ensure
    that every night you’re sleeping well. Address any issues
    head on, and if this means you sleep in a separate bed alongside
    your spouse, (because sleeping apart can help some people get
    better rest), then so be it for the good of your health.
  5. The sun ages and damages our skin – and yet it has beneficial
    effects for our general feeling of wellbeing. So, we all need
    to learn to stay safe in the sun no matter what age we
    are, and thanks to Cancer Research UK there’s a very simple
    code to follow – the SMART code…Spend
    time in the shade when the sun is at its most intense between
    11am and 3pm. Make sure you never burn your skin. Aim
    to always cover up with a hat, sunglasses and a t-shirt. Remember
    to take extra care with your grandchildren and their delicate
    skin and Then use a high factor sunscreen of at least SPF
    15.

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August
13, 2010

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