First, change your mind set about being too old. If you’re not exercising start to do so. Try to strength train 4-5 times a week and include a cardio regimen in addition to a wellness class such as Pilates and/or Yoga. Go for a massage every once in awhile. Take quiet walks or go walking with a friend. If you’re not eating right, eat healthier. If you need to see a nutritionist to get started then by all means do so. Be diligent about your health and make sure to get your annual exams. (see February Newsletter)
As I’ve stated before, we’re so used to putting everything and everyone ahead of our needs and wants. We get lost in the mix. It’s very important to take charge and enhance our lives by incorporating these necessities.
I fall victim at times to not following my own advice and you know what, it doesn’t feel good. If I haven’t worked out, I feel out of sync. If I haven’t done Pilates work, even as simple as my breathing exercises, I feel out of balance. I try to get a massage every so often because of the physicality of my work. I do remain diligent about scheduling my doctors’ appointments. I do stay pretty disciplined with my eating, but allow more freedom on the weekends to enjoy myself.
No matter what your age, you can be Fit and Fabulous Forever!!!
Okay, it’s February and those New Year’s Resolutions have not quite panned out the way you had hoped. Have no fear, it’s a brand new day. That’s the beauty in all of this. If it’s your diet that went out the window, start by cleaning out your refrigerator. Stock it with healthy foods such as vegetables and fruits. Plan your meals for the week (this works really well). Prepare as many meals as you can and store them in the freezer. Depending on where you’ll be during the course of the day, plan out what you’ll eat and when. Pack a lunch bag with yogurt, nuts, a protein bar or fruit for example. The key is to never go more than three hours without eating.
If you have not made it to the gym, that’s okay too. Start up tomorrow. Don’t try to make up for lost time your first time out (that’s how people get injured). Take it slow. Start with your cardio then maybe add one or two body parts. Get into a routine. Maybe you would like to try a class (be sure to let the instructor know you are a rookie, first timer, kindergartner-for those that take my classes you know what I mean). :-) If you’ve been apprehensive about going to the gym on your own, bring a buddy. If you’re not sure about how to start out once there, hire a trainer. They will help get you started.
Well, I hope I have eliminated the excuses for you. :-) Remember, stay focused on your goals and just have fun. ”It’s never too late to get started”.
Women tend to put ourselves on the back burner (I put myself in this category from time to time). We address the needs of others before taking care of ourselves. As I often tell my female clients, “if we do not take care of ourselves, no one else will”. Our family circle cannot exist in a positive way if we don’t treat ourselves well. We can address the needs of our families better when we are healthy (both mentally and physically). I don’t mean to sound vain or selfish but to some degree if we don’t take a selfish attitude, we are doing more harm than good to ourselves and everyone else around us. Think about it, when you work out, go for a walk, pamper yourself, etc. you feel so much better and are able to take on the world or at the very least, be a good mother, a good wife, etc.
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