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10 Steps to Living Your Best Life at 50+

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5. Move your body

Give your body, mind and spirit the daily gift of movement, whatever it is. Even going out for a brisk walk will put you on the right path. It's not about being skinny; it's about being strong and as fit as possible.

6. Strengthen your bones

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that we associate with aging, and rightly so. Getting adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D (which helps the body absorb the calcium) is essential. Equally important is doing strength-training exercises to build muscle mass and bone density. Added bonus? Your body will be toned and strong.

7. Save more and spend less

The more money you have saved after 50, the less stress and anxiety you'll experience. A big fear among those over 50 is not having enough money to live well later in life. (The AARP Retirement Calculator can help you see how you're doing.) The sooner you start saving more and spending less, the better you will be down the road. Take the advice of the top money experts: Use a fee-only financial planner to get you on the right path.

8. Be a person of action

We're all busy with family, work and friends, but that's no excuse to stop thinking about causes that are important to us and to the world. We have wisdom and ideas. Don't just pass the baton to the next generation. Hold it with them so we can solve the world's problems together.

9. Hug your inner kid

Smile, play, laugh, have fun with family and friends. Take up a hobby or activity, perhaps one you can do with others who care about you.

10. Embrace your age

Don't fight aging. It is a very powerful concept — letting go of your younger self, and embracing and loving your aging self. Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and take care of you — body, mind and soul — as you would your children, your family and your friends.

Read Barbara Hannah Grufferman's "best of everything" posts on the AARP Blog.

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