No, we are not talking about the Middle Ages, but the time in your life when you are not as young as you used to be but not ready for the cane just yet. You are actually in the prime of your life, so strive to let people know it.
When you hit 40 and 50 you are in a unique position. This is usually the time when menopause hits women and bone loss and muscle depletion hit everyone. It is also the time when you can turn things around for yourself both physically and mentally. Think of yourself as being in transition. The best is yet to come.
Getting and staying in shape is important at every age and especially during this transition phase of your life. Don’t feel like all hope is lost. You can start today and reap the benefits of a healthy body for years to come.
One thing that you will want to do is know your limitations. If you haven’t exercised in a while, taking a kickboxing class may not be the best place to start. There is benefit is going slow. Choose an activity that you like and stick with it. As you get stronger, you can move up to that kick butt kickboxing class and feel confident that you can hang tough.
Don’t forget strength training either. Muscle burns more fat than just doing aerobics alone. Building muscle also strengthens your bones and your joints to avoid arthritis. Start slow here again with light weights and maybe a fitness trainer if you haven’t a clue what to do. The goal is to build lean muscle that is toned and tight, not big ones.
Exercise has the added benefit of lowering blood pressure, decreasing stress and strengthening your heart and lungs. With a strong body you can avoid many of the diseases that usually come with age.
Food is important. People underestimate it. If you are having problems with your skin, check your diet. When you seem to have lost your energy, check your food intake. The answers are often found there.
Healthy eating begins with uncomplicated foods. Antioxidants are big right now and with good reason. They help fight the signs of aging. There are many raw foods that contain antioxidants: blueberries, strawberries, whole grains, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, root vegetables and yogurt. Nothing needs to be added to enjoy them and fill you with vital nutrients to keep the body repaired and vibrant looking.
If you are a busy person, you can still have convenient nutrition without fast food. It just takes a bit of scheduling. Make meals ahead of time. Create your own healthy snacks at home and carry them wherever you go.
Are you feeling less than fabulous and fit? Get moving and shaking. Modify your diet to get back to basics. Rev up your metabolism with exercise. In no time at all you will feel younger and look better than you did when you were twenty.