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101 Ways to Enjoy Getting Older

Inspired Villages campaign 101 Ways to Enjoy Getting Older has been touring the nation asking ‘What’s your top tip for enjoying your retirement?’ in a bid to capture the most popular 101 ways.  We can all learn from the wisdom shared! 


The campaign is gaining momentum and more events are planned this year - here are 10 of the most popular:  Click the thumbs up if you agree!


Keep walking, active and mobile

As we get older keeping active becomes more & more important. Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers.

Love with all your heart - be kind and help others smile
#2: Love with all your heart - be kind and help others smile

Love with all your heart - be kind and help others smile

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness, it lights up somebody's day... If you're able to do something nice for people and make them smile, it will help them realise that life is great

Travel as much as you are able to

Now that you don't have to worry about the limits of work, take extended holidays. Go live in a foreign country for a while or take a long cruise.

You are never too old to learn new things
#4: You are never too old to learn new things

You are never too old to learn new things

You are never too old to go sailing, do a park run, try ballroom dancing or beekeeping. We often forget that it’s important to look after our brain too!

Tea and crumpets

There's nothing wrong with just sitting and having a cup of tea. You just need to decide if it's marmite, jam or just plain butter on your crumpets.

Get a dog

It's widely accepted that owning a pet in later life can vastly improve your life, but did you know that bringing man's (or woman's) best friend into your life can have a huge amount of benefits, including keeping you healthy, helping you socialise and much more.

Dance like nobody watching

As well as being a great way to have fun, dancing is perfect for raising your heart rate and keeping you active. Dancing uses lots of different muscles in your body helping you to burn calories and improve strength. As well as this dancing is proven to have a wide range of mental health and well-being benefits and like all exercise is a huge mood booster!

Don't sweat the small stuff

Retirement; You have spent enough time working & worrying about all the responsibilities you had. It’s time to let that stress go and enjoy yourself. In the words of Bob Marley; “Don't worry, be happy, in every life we have some trouble, but when you worry you make it double, don't worry, be happy”

Enjoy the here and now!

Make jam

Pass on your skills, teach your grandchildren to make jam! Whether you pick the fruit or buy it from the supermarket. Making jam is the perfect way to spend time with loved ones with the added reward of some fresh jam to go with your scones!

Know that someone always cares

You don’t have to talk to them all the time to know that they care, but when you do see them, they will want to know how you are. Not out of some sort of obligation, but because they genuinely want to know.

You just need to reach out

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What's your top tip for enjoying getting older?

We have been touring the nation to capture the most popular ways. If you have a way, let us know. We can all learn from the wisdom shared!

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Meet our 101 Ways Ambassadors

Gloria Hunniford

As one of Britain's best-known TV and radio personalities, Gloria Hunniford requires little introduction. From chat show and current affairs host to presenter of lifestyle and consumer programmes, Gloria is one of the few broadcasters who can genuinely claim to embrace the spectrum of popular culture.

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Gloria Hunniford
Dr Dawn Harper

Dr Dawn Harper

Dawn is best known as one of the presenters on Channel 4’s hit series ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ and ‘Embarrassing Bodies: Live From The Clinic’. ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ ran for seven hugely successful series and spin offs included ‘Embarrassing Fat Bodies’ and ‘Embarrassing Teen Bodies’. 

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