A recent study by a global asset management firm analyzed the “retirement security” for citizens of 150 different countries. The results were not good for us – the U.S. ranked 19th, right above the UK. Ten western European countries were ranked ahead of us, with Norway in the top spot. On one hand we should not be surprised. On the other hand, is this the outcome we want?
I continue to progress on my weight loss plan. I lost another 9 pounds in February. (I hope these reports are more motivating than they are boring!)
Not trying to boast here – just trying to stay motivated and perhaps help kick start a reader who wants to improve their personal health platform for a better retirement. I’ve made some progress. Read more
I like Dr. Mercola’s newsletter because he regularly brings some new information to light about our health, including how to measure it. Today he introduced a simple longevity test that you can take at home in about 30 seconds. Curious? I sure was and I took the test myself. So can you.
At age 62, and being married to someone with significant health problems, I am acutely aware of the lifestyle impairment and expense issues associated with poor health and old age. This is one reason why I am trying to do a better job now with my own health, to avoid or at least significantly delay health-related problems in my own life.
I am nine days in to my 2013 weight loss program. I have done this before, losing 52 pounds several years ago using a combination of exercise and a daily eating limit of 1,500 calories. In 2012, I gained close to 20 pounds, most of which I attribute to stress eating. (Someday I may write more about that.) This means that have some clothes that do not comfortably fit me. I want to fit in those clothes again so that I do not feel compelled to replace them. I don’t like buying clothes.
If you have been reading here for a while, you know that I am constantly looking for ways to cut recurring expenses. This particularly includes phone expenses. Wireless data charges and contracts are pet peeves of mine.
I ask the question about movies because I have seen a fabulous movie about retirement – twice. The movie is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The title of the movie is somewhat deceiving. You wouldn’t know from the title that this movie is perfect entertainment (with a message to boot) for boomers who are concerned that they will not be happy or content when they retire.
I am a recreational fresh water guy. I like looking at it, floating on it, and more recently, fishing in it. That is one reason that living on a lake (at least part-time) is so pleasurable for me. I have added another water activity to my list of favorite things to do: kayaking. Have you tried it? I will give you my take on why it is something that all baby boomers should consider for fun and for fitness.
As a follow-up to my recent posts on reading and learning for baby boomers, reader Paul has passed on a link to another learning resource. Coursera is a site that organizes links to 117 free online courses offered by sixteen universities. Three of the universities are in foreign countries which makes it even more intriguing for learning new things.