You’ve probably read a lot of those “get fit quick” articles over the years. Maybe some of the advice was good, but you had a hard time sticking to it. Maybe the recommendations they had were to dive headfirst into an extreme regime that doesn’t work for you and your lifestyle. Your solution to getting fit and getting back to your best self isn’t a magic pill or a “totally exclusive” PDF workout plan. It’s not a restriction/mass gain diet. There are many ways you can get back into an active lifestyle, but we’re here to cut the BS.
“Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” Think you’re much too young to have a fall so devastating that it’s featured in a Life Alert commercial? Think again. All it takes is one fall to change your life forever. Our balance starts to decline when we reach 40-50 years old, particularly in women over 40 according to one study from the TILDA (The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing). Often in our 40’s and 50’s we are so caught up in running our lives that we can be easily distracted and lose our balance. This can cause serious problems if we are not careful. On average, 1/10 adults had a serious fall in their 40’s and 50’s.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the brain when we exercise? Your doctors may have told you that exercise has a huge impact on mental health. But does moving your body really make you feel less anxious and depressed? What creates that happy and energizing feeling that washes over us after a good workout and into the rest of our day? Many people are aware that regular exercise and physical activity have health benefits. Some of these benefits include increased muscle strength and endurance, along with increased cardiovascular capacity— in other words, better heart health. But what about your mental health?
Are you tired of eating the same old snacks? Are you over eating plain apples and processed granola bars every day? We know the donuts in the lunchroom are tempting, but with a little planning, you can prep snacks that will leave you even more satisfied—without compromising taste! Check out these 5 healthy snack ideas that will give you the energy you need to power through the work day!
Have you not been feeling like yourself lately? The world has changed in many ways over the last year. This can take a toll on our physical and mental health and make you feel different than you did before. Are you feeling slower? Unable to keep up with demands that you could before? The world has seemed to change to a slower pace, and maybe you’re now struggling to keep up. Maybe you don’t have any time left in your day for yourself. Have you been pushing your needs to the side to take care of others? What if we told you the most important investment you can make for your loved ones is actually investing in yourself? Our external environment can impact how we look and feel, but there are simple, yet effective changes that you can make to feel strong and in control again.
You’re not the same person you used to be. You’re not the same person you were in your 20s, 30s, or even 40s. And we love that about you! As we age, our bodies, lifestyle, and desires change. We may require different fuel and motivation for the activities we do. Now that you’ve hit the golden years of 50+, you may need something a bit different to get you back into the gym. The beauty of learning to get fit when your 50+ is that you know your body. You know what it needs to thrive and what makes it feel good! The key to retaining that good feeling is to keep moving so you can ensure you have many years of life ahead of you. We’ve said this before in previous posts, and we’ll say it again:
Have your children flown the coop? Finding yourself as an Empty Nester can be a fun, but sometimes difficult transition. When you used to cater to an army, now you may only have yourself or your partner to consider when thinking about mealtime. Are you finding that with fewer people to feed that you’re wasting food? Maybe you’re still stuck in your routine of between-soccer-practice quesadillas, but now with more time, you’re looking to spice things up in the kitchen. Check out this guide to Empty Nester’s Cooking that gives you the tips, tricks, and recipes you need for this exciting and liberating stage of your life!
If you’re living with arthritis, we don’t have to tell you how frustrating it can be to live with the aches and pains of joint stiffness. Those moments of feeling like the unoiled Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz when we wake up may grow more frequent as we age, but there are things we can do to reduce pain and stiffness in our joints. But first, before we get into the exercises that can help loosen you up and strengthen your muscles, let’s take a deeper look into what this condition is and what it can do to the body.
We all love it, and most of us would say that we in fact need more of it: Sleep! That magical time of night recharges, refreshes, and rejuvenates just about every major process in our bodies. Whether it is processing our thoughts, releasing muscle-building hormones, or preparing your brain’s neural pathways for the next day (to name a few) we can all agree that sleep is critical to our everyday life.
We know that you try your best with your fitness. Maybe you’ve dabbled in dieting or hit the gym before, but nothing has really stuck. Or maybe you hit a wall after losing some initial weight. Every step you make is a step in the right direction if your goal is to live a more active life. But there are mental and physical actions that you may be doing that are preventing you from progressing in your fitness journey. These roadblocks may be obvious, but they can stop many in their tracks. Here are the top three fitness mistakes women in their 50s make: