Healthy Living & Enjoying It
Feb 1st, 2012 | By Jackie Rouse | Category: Fitness, Health & Fitness
By Jackie Rouse –
This is about and for all of us, but especially for those of us who are nearing that place and time referred to as mid-life, which is very important, particularly for women. It seems that the aging process for us brings about an assortment of annoyances and ills that are unwelcome and often unexpected. But what the experts have found is that one way to ward off some of these ills and/or diminish the wrath of others is to eat right and exercise.
Exercise is an act that some of us may loathe and others may loathe even more, but know that we need to incorporate into our lives to stay healthy. And we must also eat healthy, this is a package deal. Life can be so unfair.
With the big “Five O” nipping at my heels, I know I must act now. (I know I should have acted years ago, but as we procrastinators say, better late than never). EATING RIGHT AND EXERCISING is my new life’s motto. It seems that from everything we hear and read, especially if we follow these two golden rules we just might live forever. Well with this wealth of information ingrained in my brain I have proceeded to change my lifestyle. Yes, true life style changes not just a quick fix.
According to the U.S. Government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, “a well-rounded fitness program for adults – including middle age women – includes activities that involve cardiovascular conditioning, stretching exercises to enhance flexibility and weight training increases muscle mass which helps you burn calories more efficiently and also fortifies bones, which helps prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures.” Yada, yada, yada.
With that said folks, we (yes, you’re still on this passage with me) have our work cut out for us. We can become Pilates experts, put on our running shoes or pump some iron. We can examine all food labels, buy organic and banish red meat from our colons forever. Or we can meditate any bad karma away. Better still, we can do nothing and just let nature take its course. What do you think? Well, I am going to try a little of each. I’ve already begun taking Pilates classes, and I must say it is easy on the knees, but I must admit that my core is sore.
And if all else fails you may want to keep this in mind. The word on the street is that “50 is the new 40 and 60 is the new 50”. (If this is true many folks will have their AARP memberships revoked. But they can always renew once they have reached the “new 60”). Even though that theory may not be working for all of us, let’s keep hope alive. Remember age is just a number, however, mine is indefinitely fifty-something.
Jackie enjoys writing about issues that concern women in a slightly humorous manner because she believes that as women we sometimes take ourselves and life just a little too seriously. As a mother with 2 grown daughters, 4 sisters and 2 nieces, she seems to always be inspired.