In today’s society women are often led to believe that having shinier hair, fuller lips, smaller hips, a larger chest, wrinkle-free skin and a flatter stomach will make them feel better about themselves. Have you bought into this message? Has this message intensified as you have gotten older?
If your answer to these questions is yes, you are not alone!
The media and advertisers have done a great job of creating the image of bodily perfection and many women are chasing this illusion. This chase intensifies as women age and although aging or entering into a new decade (40s, 50s, 60s) of life should be celebrated, it is often dreaded. Besides, you’re not the same woman you once were, your body has changed, your skin and hair have changed and the world’s expectations of you have changed. Change, if positive, can be a great process, but if you listen to all of the subliminal messages about aging, you will believe it is all downhill from here.
Aging is no reason to throw in the towel on getting fit and feeling great about yourself.
Today I want to encourage you to ignore this message and help you to understand that aging is no reason to throw in the towel on getting fit and feeling great about yourself. You can accomplish this by doing the following:
Exercise on a daily basis with both cardio and resistance training: Every decade after the age of 35 women lose between 3 and 5 percent of muscle tissue, a condition known as Sarcopenia. To keep your body strong for activities of daily living and increase bone density, incorporate a combination of resistance training exercises into your daily activity. Along with resistance training, perform at least 35 minutes of cardiovascular activities most days of the week. Try to include a mix such as biking, walking, dancing, running or swimming.
More than 60 percent of your body is water and hydration is essential to optimal health. Staying hydrated can assist in keeping your skin looking healthy, provide a sense of satiety (fullness) and transport important nutrients to your cells. If the taste of water doesn’t excite you, add natural, calorie-free flavorings such as mint or lemon to enhance the flavor.
Compliment, compliment, compliment
Don’t wait for a special occasion or weight loss to tell yourself how amazing you are. On the days you’re not feeling great about yourself (everyone has these days) shout out loud three things that make you an amazing woman and don’t be afraid if someone hears you!
Fruits and veggies please
Fresh produce is packed with rich phytonutrients that provide your body with an array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. To nourish your body and to keep looking and feeling great, eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Nutritionists recommend at least five servings a day.
Know your numbers
Heart disease is a leading killer of women, as it is for men. Know your critical numbers such as blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Stay current with your status by making your annual appointments with your physician mandatory!
Look great, feel great
When we look great, we feel great. Don’t be afraid to try new clothes that you have been led to believe are for younger women. Try a new color palate on your skin and try a new bold lip color and fingernail polish. Get bold and don’t apologize for it!
How do you keep feeling and looking your best? Share your favorite hints in Comments so we can all learn from each other.