Growing old disgracefully: Why you're never too old to be an adrenaline junkie

84-year-old John Wilkins from Clevedon completed his 40th skydive in February 2015, and just a month later, 100-year-old Georgina Harwood from Cape Town celebrated her birthday with a tandem parachute jump from a plane into shark-infested waters. These elderly people put us to shame with their fearless antics - and you're never too old to be an adrenaline junkie; here's why!

You're only as old as you feel

They say age is just a number, and to some extent that's true. Living an active lifestyle and getting loads of exercise not only makes you feel younger, it ensures you age better - so whilst your friends may be sitting at home in their 70s, you'll be out running, walking the dog or even rock climbing! Age really is just a number and a healthy diet and exercise regime can ensure you stay healthy even as you reach old age.

You're alive

As you reach your 60s, 70s and beyond, you may start to lose friends and relatives - it's only natural. You're still here though, and one of the best ways to embrace life to the full is to get out there and try something new! You don't have to go for full-on adrenaline-fuelled activities if you're not the active type, but even taking part in a new fitness class or getting involved in watersports instead of sunbathing on the beach on holiday makes you feel alive!

You don't care what anyone thinks

Anyone with elderly relatives has probably heard them say that as they've grown older, they care less about what others think of them. That can be incredibly freeing, and if you don't care what anyone thinks of you, then you're free to live your own life! So get stuck in, book a hiking holiday, rent a boat and go sailing, try abseiling or even a tandem sky dive - you're never too old!

You're financially stable

You may not have as much money as you did in your youth, but your expenses have dwindled too and you may find you're living comfortably on your pension, with money to spare, particularly if you have worked all your life. What are you going to do with all the extra cash? Why not book an activity holiday, visit a new country and experience new cultures and activities - life is short, so make the most of it and you'll be happier!

There's life left in you yet

We are living longer than ever before, with more centenarians worldwide than in the past, which means you should make the most of those extra years. Enjoying good health in old age starts with good habits when you're younger, and you can still get involved in adrenaline sports and other activities well into your 80s and beyond! The happiest elderly people are those who are fulfilled - staying active ensures you have a purpose and are doing things you enjoy every day. Whether that's golfing, bowling, tennis or watersports, the choice is yours.

You're in good company

The two OAPs mentioned above are just a couple of examples of older people getting involved in daring activities - across the globe, adventurous older people are tandem skydiving and rock climbing, so don't let your age hold you back! Many travel insurance companies offer specialist insurance for the over 65's which lets you participate in a huge range of activities on holiday, whilst diving schools and adventure activity operators are usually only too happy to provide additional support and assistance for anyone elderly wishing to give things a go!

You're ready to enjoy retirement

Without work to wake up to every day, what motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? Having an activity you enjoy that you can commit to 100% is a great way to find purpose and enjoy your retirement. Whether that's running with a fitness buddy, playing golf with your partner or going on a skiing holiday, you've worked hard and you deserve to be healthy and happy once you're retired, so make the most of those long, sunny days this summer!

You started, so you'll finish

As you age, keeping up the good habits you started in your youth can be tough, but the results will be worth it. If you were a gym addict and ate a super-healthy diet in your 30s and 40s, keep these habits going even as you reach retiral age and you'll benefit from fewer injuries, increased flexibility and a healthier mind and body - not to mention you'll feel happier. Letting yourself slip into bad habits as you get older can be avoided by sticking to your regular routine - if you have set days of the week you workout or socialise with friends, keep to them so that you have a routine in place even if you're not working a 9 to 5 job anymore.

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Author By Paula Beaton
Date On 26th May 2015 at 14:47

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