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Simple Tips to Improve Your Marriage in Your Senior Years
Posted on: 19 May 2017 by Misty Jhones
Growing old together with a loved one is a beautiful thing.
After retirement, there’s a lot more time to give your partner without the mad rush of the past. Most people who get the chance to live out the more restful part of their years in the company of their spouse need some pointers on how to rekindle the spark in their marriage.
Here are some helpful tips to improve your marriage as you grow old together.
Get talking again
Communication and exchanging emotions, desires, and beliefs is necessary for a relationship to thrive. In fact, engaging in discussions is one of the most important aspects of a happy and satisfying marriage. A lot of marriages encounter tough times, which affect the way spouses communicate. When things are not going well, or when one or both partners are constantly in a rush, bad habits develop and can create destructive patterns within the relationship. In old age, communication is the mortar holding the marriage together – letting it break down will end up causing a wide rift between the couple. Real communication involves respect for each other and bringing in more energy from both sides to make it work.
What to talk about: there are so many things an aging couple can talk about! Their life journey from past to present, their kids and grandkids, recounting old family jokes and reliving old memories, taking time to talk about their current life and how blessed they are.
Get fit together
Exercise is very important in maintaining good health and improving the quality of life for people as they age. Many studies have proven that exercise can be carried out better and for much longer when done with a partner. Physical exercise can improve the bond in marriage and allow a longer time physically spent together enjoying each other’s company. There is hardly a better training partner than your spouse. As you age, you can exercise with your significant other to strengthen the connection of love and affection in your marriage, and also reap the benefits of staying trim, fit, and healthy together.
How to stay fit together: begin to make healthy choices about meals, choose supplements that will boost your energy and increase agility, register together at a gym, go for sessions together, take slow walks together while holding hands.
Travel and explore new places
Traveling and exploring new places together as an aging couple is incredibly exciting. Fortunately, this activity is linked to healthy aging and increased physical, mental, and social benefits. Traveling folks tend to be more active and studies show that older adults who stay physically and mentally active have lower rates of diabetes, cancers, high blood pressure, and heart diseases. The benefits of traveling are doubly magnified when you travel together. Going on adventures together creates a sense of closeness and intimacy in your marriage.
Tips for traveling together: since you are no longer as young as you once were, forget spontaneously pack up a few bags to chase after the plane. Travel adventures must be done in a planned and safe manner. Get travel insurance and check in with your doctor to make sure the both of you are cleared for take-off. Remember to tell your loved ones where you are going and what your plans are.
Take up a new hobby
Old age is when you can enjoy your hobbies more freely and even find time to take up new ones. Spending time together at new activities will bring so much enjoyment and joy into your lives as a married couple. There are so many activities you can get into together to improve closeness and enhance communication. Simply spending time together and doing things you both enjoy creates a powerful bonding in your marriage. What’s more, staying active and engaged together will improve fitness and health for the both of you.
New hobbies you can try together: board games, making art, taking dance classes, spinning classes, going out to watch a football match, cycling, gardening, golfing, and walking.
Improving any marriage takes work, but as an older couple you can actually take the time to sit back, have a good look at your relationship, and take targeted steps to make improvements. It really doesn't matter what you do at this time as long as you are doing it together.
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