By Lisa B Barker –
Being healthy has been a concern for most of my adult life. Staying positive, eating right and exercising have become a lifestyle for me. However, as I am approaching fifty I am working harder on all three of these areas. This is no surprise, for as we age our bodies go through changes especially at fifty and above. These changes do not have to be negative. We can make the right choices now to combat these negative feelings as we get older. Just go with the flow and listen to your body. I have heard all of my life “after fifty, it is all down hill”. Do not believe that statement, I want a different lifestyle, one with health, happiness and in the process help others along the way. I want to prove to not only myself but for every person pushing fifty or over, that we can look and feel our best. The pros far outweigh the cons of getting older.
There are three areas I work on most everyday to keep myself happy and healthy. The first is staying positive, the second is exercising and the third is keeping my weight down by eating right.
No matter the situation, there is always something is life that we can be happy about.
Being around positive people is very important for our health, but sometimes we either work with or married to the negative person. Live your life in a way that others want to emulate, even co-workers or spouses. A lot depends on our attitude.. No matter what your situation, you are responsible for you and do your best to find something to be happy about. I truly believe what the Bible says in Proverbs 18:21~Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
The second is to exercise. I work-out five times a week on a Nordic Trak Walkfit, this gives a great workout and three of those days I do strength training. As we age, we lose muscle mass, so doing some from of weight training is vital to your health. However, it really does not matter what form of exercise you do as long as you get your body moving. Just walking for thirty minutes a day will improve your health. Do not say “you have no time” this is something you need to do for yourself, make the time. If that means getting up earlier, then do it. You will feel better, look better and you will be nicer to your family and that is always a good thing. It may also cause you to be with your family for a longer time.
The third is to eat correctly. I am not a fanatic or some guru saying you need to exercise everyday and eat all organic fruits and vegetables. While exercising is important as I have already stated, eating right is just as important but we have to be realistic. Not everyone is exposed to fresh fruits and vegetables year around, and others can not find organic foods in their area. Although they are becoming more prevalent, even in rural areas. Sometimes the expense is just not worth it for growing families, because eating healthy can be more expensive. I have learned, a product may be great and works well, if it does not taste good I am not going to take it. Even thought I am at the weight I want to be, I still need some type of help in maintaining my weight as I approach fifty and I am doing my best to find products that do just that.
As we age we tend to live a more sedentary lifestyle and with just adding an extra five pounds a year, in five years that is an extra twenty-five pounds. This can be more if we are not active. Being over weight can cause high blood pressure, diabetes and even strokes. Be wise in what you eat and how you take care of yourself. The key to all three of these is balance, God has given each of us an amazing machine, our bodies. It is up to us to see to it that we keep our machines working in proper order.