Many people are still believing the myth that aging is a negative process that comes with wrinkles and limitations. This is far from the truth. Older people are living longer, staying healthy, confident, and happy.
I have seen men and women become their fittest at 70 and beyond. Age is being redefined as beautiful and an exciting time of becoming the person you always should have been. Age being just a number is really true and exemplified by so many fabulous older people today.
Personally, I don't care if my body is aging because it doesn't define anything about me. All I know is that I'm an older version of myself that is better than I was before. And my mind and body feel youthful and strong.
What has really helped with fitness at every age is having a positive attitude. And making the choice to dump unhealthy habits and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Aging well has become a time of personal development and strength for many people embracing their age.
Each day is an opportunity to change for everyone. Your age doesn't limit your ability to accomplish anything in life including your fitness goals.
Aging Well TipsThe most important thing is to remain realistic and adopt a healthy lifestyle that is sustainable and enjoyable.
Using a food journal may help keep you accountable. You will be able to honestly track your food intake and make appropriate changes to start eating healthier.
Use a fitness journal to schedule your workouts. You will not always feel like exercising, but it will be important not to cancel on yourself. Stay disciplined through the process and it will eventually become a habit that is a regular part of your life. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly.
This is not a quick fix so mentally prepare for a lifestyle change. The time will pass anyway so you might as well be working on health improvement. Fitness is also not about perfection but progress as you strive each day to be healthy.
Have a positive attitude. There will be days when it feels really hard and you may even want to give up. Hold onto knowing you are stronger than any negative thoughts.
More Helpful Tips:
- Eat a wide variety of nutritious foods that include lean proteins, good carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Get to bed at a decent hour and try for 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
- Exercise 3-4 times per week to start and progress as you get stronger.
- Include weight resistance training 1-2 times per week to start.
- Keep a food journal for accountability ... be honest with yourself.
- Dump the junk food and replace it with healthy food options.
- Pay attention to portion sizes and read food labels.
- Eat several small meals per day and do not allow yourself to feel hungry.
- Weigh-in only one time per week, pay attention to how your clothes are fitting, and how you look naked. Dump the scale if it becomes a frustration.
- Make time for prayer and positive self talk to keep up the motivation.
- Set realistic small goals to start like losing 10lbs or signing up to walk your first 5K.
- Hire a qualified personal trainer for guidance and motivation if going it alone feels too overwhelming.
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