Challenge Yourself to a Healthy Future

Challenge Yourself to a Healthy Future

As we age, it makes sense to prioritise our health and longevity. While many factors contribute to living a longer, healthier life, one of the most impactful is regular exercise. Research has revealed that regular physical activity in older adults can have as powerful an effect on life expectancy as giving up smoking. This encouraging finding highlights the importance of staying active as we age. The Benefits of Exercise in Old Age A study conducted with 5,700 elderly men in Norway revealed compelling results: those who exercised just three hours per week lived around five years longer than their sedentary counterparts. This demonstrates the significant impact that regular physical activity can have on longevity, even in the later stages of life. Moreover, the study found that even small amounts of exercise, such as six 30-minute sessions per week, were associated with a 40% lower risk of mortality over an 11-year period. Encouraging Fitness in Older Adults In light of these findings, there is a growing call for campaigns to encourage fitness among older individuals, especially for those over 65 but it’s never too early to start! The benefits of exercise are clear, it’s as beneficial as quitting smoking in terms of reducing mortality rates. Not only will you live longer but you may enjoy these extra years by staying active as you age. The All-in-One Challenge If you’re looking for a fun and effective way to kickstart your fitness journey, consider joining The Challenge Hub’s All in One Challenge. This innovative platform offers a variety of challenges designed to inspire and motivate the over over-55s to lead a healthier...
The Cinnamon Trust: Helping Others Helps You Too

The Cinnamon Trust: Helping Others Helps You Too

Today, we went on a dog walk, but it wasn’t just any stroll through the park! As supporters and volunteers of The Cinnamon Trust, we participated in the “Big Walk,” a nationwide event aimed at raising awareness and funds for this heartfelt cause. That’s me in the photo, in the middle, with my little red dog and another I walk as a volunteer for The Cinnamon Trust. The Cinnamon Trust is a national charity that plays a crucial role by helping elderly and terminally ill pet owners who cannot fully look after for their pets for whatever reason. The charity ensures their beloved pets get the care they need, which includes taking dogs out for daily walks. This is a lifeline for many pet owners who might otherwise face having their precious companions homed elsewhere. But the benefits of volunteering with The Cinnamon Trust extend far beyond the assistance provided to others. Engaging in this volunteer work offers a multitude of rewards that science shows are beneficial for physical, psychological, social and general wellbeing. Here is a brief overview of just some of them. Benefits of Volunteering: Volunteering offers much more than just a chance to help. There is evidence that It greatly improves your and wellbeing, making you happier, more confident, and healthier. Plus, volunteering regularly has even been shown to help you live longer! These benefits show just how rewarding volunteering can be, not only does it help others, but it also enriches your life. Benefits of Walking: Recent research strongly supports the benefits of regular walking for enhancing health, particularly for reducing the risk of heart...
But How Old Do You Really Feel?

But How Old Do You Really Feel?

Have you ever been to a school reunion and met up with your former classmates who are the same age as you, give or take a few months? If so, you probably noticed the variety in how those people had aged –  how they looked physically, how they dressed, how they moved and how they thought. But the real curiosity lies not in the mirror but within: How old do we really feel? When I was a child and my grandmother was several years younger than I am now, she definitely considered herself to be ‘an old lady’. So, is ‘old’ really just a number, or is it a mindset? A recent study from Germany unveils a trend where ‘old age’ is being nudged further away by each generation (Wettstein et al., 2024). It found that those born in 1911, consider 71 to be the starting line for old age whereas the baby boomers of 1956  suggest old age starts at 74. It’s clear that longevity and vitality are reshaping our perspective on ageing, but personal circumstances play a role too. Health, loneliness, and how old we ‘feel’ can prematurely age us. The old saying, “You’re as old as you feel,” couldn’t be more relevant. This is where role models come into play, particularly those who exude positive ageing – they could very well be the secret to our own fountain of youth. As we navigate longer, healthier lives, it’s time to question our benchmarks for old age and welcome its fluidity. Why not redefine these extra years as a time to thrive, to be robust, and to relish...
Women on Reaching 60 and Beyond: What Will You Do with Your One Wild and Precious Life?

Women on Reaching 60 and Beyond: What Will You Do with Your One Wild and Precious Life?

What Will You Do with Your One Wild and Precious Life? What would your answer be to this question? Gardening, jam making, crown bowling, reading books? Or perhaps you’re like many women who, out of necessity or choice, will continue working into their 70s and beyond? While these may be valuable and rewarding ways to spend your time, have you ever thought there might be a more exhilarating and ambitious alternative? Have you always had a dream or goal that seemed just out of reach due to lack of time, opportunity, responsibilities, or finances? Is it too late to revisit those dreams now? When Diana Nyad was faced with this question at age 60, she chose to attempt a non-stop swim from Cuba to Florida—a gruelling 110-mile journey. Facing ocean currents, thunderstorms, deadly box jellyfish and sharks, she had to confront the ultimate question: could she accomplish at age 60 what she couldn’t at age 30? While I won’t spoil the outcome, I do recommend the film ‘Nyad,’ which captures her incredible story starring Annette Benning and Jodie Foster So, what about you? We all have an unlived life—paths we might have taken if we hadn’t chosen our current one. What might we have tried? Who might we have become? Who might we still become? Is it too late to acquire a new skill, learn a new language, play an instrument, go backpacking, dance or gain a qualification? Only you can decide. But if self-limiting beliefs, lack of confidence, or motivation are the only hurdles stopping you, then perhaps it’s time to think again. Choosing a positive role model...
One Green Thing – WOHASU 2024

One Green Thing – WOHASU 2024

Heather White, the founder & CEO of OneGreenThing.org, addressed the World Happiness Summit (WOHASU) on how the climate crisis is impacting our mental health, leading to eco-anxiety, especially among young people. Many of us feel overwhelmed and unsure about how to contribute to meaningful change when systemic shifts seem out of reach. Heather, a mother of two teenagers, understands the stress that young people feel from the constant stream of unsettling news about the environment seen on the news and social media that can make it seem like we are powerless to make a positive difference.  However, Heather emphasised that individual contributions do matter. Although not everyone can be an eco-warrior there are vital roles for the supporters, encouragers and cheerleaders as well. She advocates matching one’s contributions to personal interests, strengths and communication styles. Taking small, consistent steps towards sustainability can, not only give individuals a sense of agency, but also help to drive cultural change within our workplaces, friends and families.  Heather’s book, ‘One Green Thing,’ set to be released in April 2024, contains a 21-day kickstarter plan that details specific steps we can take. She reminded us,  “Without clean air, clean water and a livable climate there is no wellbeing and our purpose is intrinsically linked to sustainability”. WOHASU plays such an important role by providing a platform for world experts like Heather to share key insights and the practical guidance we need to make a significant difference in the world both collectively and as individuals. Find out more about The World Happiness Summit (WOHASU) and add your name to the waiting list for WOHASU 2025...