Keeping body & mind healthy over 50

Eating well and exercising are good for keeping body & mind healthy over 50, but unless you’ve been living under a rock, an article about that isn’t going to tell you anything you don’t already know! This article will help you keep your mind and body healthy, but we’ve taken to our top apps to be your teacher. The apps we’ve picked are our favourites to help keep you sharp, confident and even flexible as you age (gracefully of course).

Stay sharp with Elevate.

This one was voted app of the year by Apple – so it’s a good place to start.
Elevate is filled with brain training games that promise to improve focus, speaking abilities, processing speed, memory, math skills, and more. When you sign up you enter your details to receive a personalised training program that adjusts over time to maximise results.

Elevate claims: “The more you train with Elevate, the more you’ll improve critical cognitive skills that are proven to boost productivity, earning power, and self-confidence. Users who train at least 3 times per week have reported dramatic gains and increased confidence.” Sounds good to us! Start with the free version and work your way up to the premium if you enjoy it.

Find peace in minutes with Headspace.

After all that brain training, your mind might need a little rest… lucky there’s an app for that! Headspace is a very user friendly introduction to meditation and mindfulness with simple and easy to use features that you can get stuck in with straight away. You can work through courses in areas of life such as relationships, confidence and sleep, as well as just pick up and be guided through a little meditation in just 3 minutes.

In a world full of noise, Headspace helps you find the peace your mind needs. You’ll feel calmer within minutes with this app and it will soon become a staple in your routine. You can try the free version or pay a subscription for more variety.

Parlez-vous français? Learn the language of love with Duolingo.

It’s never too late to learn something new! Duolingo is a fantastic app which helps you learn a new language in just a few minutes a day. Whilst it’s easier to learn a new language in your youth, we like that this is more of a challenge!

Duolingo is the most popular app for learning a language because of its simplicity, ease and the way it feels like a game. It has over 300 million users! With over 20 languages to choose from this is a great way of keeping yourself learning. Why not challenge a partner and see who can learn the most each week? Si? Choose between free and paid options depending on requirements.

A library at your fingertips – Listen to your favourite books with Audible.

Have you ever wished you could read your favourite book whilst walking the dog? Hello Audible. Audible takes all your favorite books and transforms them to audio books you can take anywhere. Whilst this removes the benefits of physically reading, you’re able to zone out whilst doing other tasks, continue learning or lose yourself in a story, all of which are great for our mental health.

Try a free trial and then progress to a monthly plan where you pay for ‘credits’ per book. We’re always waiting for credit top-up day. Audible is a great way of managing to read that book you’ve always wanted to read but never had the time – now there’s no excuse!

Namaste – Take to your mat with Downward Dog .

Strengthened muscles, a stronger core, better balance, better flexibility, reduced tightness, improved mental-wellbeing – all of these benefits come with Yoga! Downward Dog is a great app to get your practice started, with a huge variety of options in length, difficulty and even voice! Each sequence is personalised with music that’ll bring the yoga studio straight to you in your home.

Often yoga can be seen as intimidating, but really all it needs is you and a mat, the rest will come with time and practice. Your mind and body will thank you for this download, which is currently free to help provide escapism during the difficult times we are facing as the world fights Covid-19.

Zone out with a Podcast.

From Desert Island Discs to The Joe Rogan Experience, podcasts offer a unique way to understand new concepts and opinions. Find interests you never knew you had with a variety of shows and guests to broaden your horizons and challenge your thinking. Once you’ve started, you’ll find you can’t stop & will be completing all your daily tasks with the familiar voice of your favourite podcaster in your ear.

Not only do podcasts make for great listening, they also make a great conversation starter, giving you something fresh to talk about!

Now the real test is… can you use them all at once: solving maths problems, in french, whilst in downward dog with a podcast in one ear, and audible in the other?! Enjoy!

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There’s Nothing Like a Global Pandemic to Ram the Brakes on Your Dating Life… or is There?

Whilst we all find ourselves staying at home, we’re taking government guidelines very seriously and for the time being, will be advising all our members to stay indoors and save meeting face to face for when this is all over, but in the meantime, here are our thoughts on dating during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Put your date on ice.

First things first, if you had any dates or meetups in the diary. Make sure you cancel, opt for an online alternative such as Skype or if you’re too nervous to go into video mode, just stick with our online chat. Your date will totally understand not meeting but it would be nice to spend the time together online regardless.

Try to keep the conversation light and ask some of the things you would have, had you have been there in the flesh. At least with already being at home, you won’t have to cut your night early to make the last train… If the conversations are flowing, why not stay up an extra hour and chat. There’s something romantic about being the last person someone spoke to before they went to sleep…(Cue joke about being the man/woman of their dreams)!

Keep in touch.

Now more than ever, it’s important to stay in touch. With everyone being forced to isolate, being single can be particularly lonely. Just because you can’t meet face to face it doesn’t mean your relationship isn’t going anywhere. There’s always time to talk & in a situation like this, we really should make the effort to communicate more. It doesn’t all need to be Covid-19 related, in fact a welcome break from the constant stream of news would probably be greatly appreciated by both you and your date!

You can learn a lot from how someone reacts in a crisis.

My father always said he never judged anyone on how they treated him when things were good, he judged them on how they acted when things were going wrong. Is your potential match supporting you? Lifting others up? Do you feel better after chatting to them? The way people act in a crisis says a lot about their character.

Are you the type of person who volunteered to help those in need or are you the type of person who is sat at home on a mountain of unnecessary toilet paper? Are you spreading fear or love? Now is a good time to understand if you & your potential partners’ moral compasses point in the same direction.

Distance makes the heart grow fonder.

Or so the saying goes, and now it’s time to put it to the test! But that doesn’t mean your dating has to stop, why not arrange an online version? Whether that’s a Skype and dinner date with a glass of wine each or an online game together, there are plenty of things to do online that suit both your interests, you just have to get a little more creative!

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Dating in the New Decade: Dating Over 50’s Top Tips for 2020

Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve been dating, maybe it hasn’t and you’re just looking for some advice to help you kick off the new decade with a date! Here at Dating Over 50’s we’re ready to share with you some of the tips and advice from happy couples we’ve matched so far.

First impressions.

You can’t make a first impression twice! Your opening line is really important in the world of online dating and it really can be a matter of make or break. Take the time to read through your love interest’s profile and try to open with something original that is specific to them. It’s also a good idea to have a recent photograph of yourself which is really clear and represents you, so your date can really see who you are and what you’re about. No surprises.

Why so serious?

Just because it’s called ‘mature dating‘, we don’t have to be serious all the time, nor is everyone expecting you to settle down with the first person that comes your way. Dating is fun and you don’t need to settle down until you’re ready, so enjoy the ride. You’re as old as you feel or so they say so find someone who keeps you young and who you can have fun with. Bring back your immaturity. Laughter is the best medicine after all!

Two ears, one mouth.

‘Listen twice as much as you speak’ as the saying goes is another good piece of advice when you’re first settling back into the dating scene. The best relationships are formed when couples really listen to each other. It’s important not to take this advice too literally though, as no one likes an awkward silence whilst you’re both trying to listen more than you speak! Keep the questions flowing without it becoming an interview and you’ll both find out plenty about one another.

No cheese – please!

‘Do you believe in love at first sight or should I walk past again?’ Leave the cheesy chat up lines in the last decade…or at least until after the first date! Whilst there’s always a time and a place for a great one-liner, do you really want your potentials dates first impression of you to be ‘cringe’? Save the terrible lines for a rainy day.

Try something new.

Whilst we often look for a partner with similar interests or hobbies, remember opposites attract. Trying something new with a potential partner could be just what you need to light the spark! Don’t be intimidated or put off by not having many similarities on your profile, if the initial attraction is there, it’s certainly worth exploring. Stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying something new is exciting and who knows you could even discover new hobbies you love together!

Dating is an exciting time in your life, so don’t be nervous. They’ll be people you connect with and people you don’t, but that’s all part of the fun. Prepare to get that butterfly feeling back with Dating Over 50’s.

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