There is no escape from aging. It is something we need to embrace and celebrate. It’s part of a journey that we all need to go through.
The transition almost always comes with fear and trepidation. Yes, it can be scary! Your body won’t be like how it once was. However, reaching 50 is more of a blessing than a curse. It is not too late to do whichever you wish to do, including dancing, singing, traveling, or even hitting the gym once in a while. More importantly, it’s time to focus on your health so that you avoid getting any illnesses, stay healthy, and get to enjoy more moments with loved ones.
Are you nearing 50? Or just had your 50th birthday? How does it feel? Your kids are probably independent now, doing things on their own. You probably are spending most of your time with your partner. Endless house chores are over. Dreading office days are about to end. You no longer think of squeezing in everything in a day to find the balance between home and work.
Reaching 50 is the perfect time to allot more time for yourself. It’s time to live the days where you are free to go to the gym with friends anytime you want and welcome new challenges.
Nope! You don’t need to run a marathon to keep in shape at this age. What shape?
Kidding aside, now is the time, more than ever, to be more conscious of your habits and lifestyle. Gear towards healthy options in your diet, routines, and day-to-day activities. Here are some encouraging reasons why it is absolutely necessary to make this transition (if you haven’t yet):
1. Reduce health risks
At 50, it is more vital for you to be more active as it can lessen the risks of health problems such as diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and various types of diseases that may come as you age.
2. Happy disposition
Do you know that regular exercise can uplift your mood? Yes, exercise help elevate one’s mood. According to the Mayo Clinic, physical activities can stimulate brain chemicals which reduce anxiety. It also boosts self-confidence, making you feel better about yourself.
3. Long life
A regular exercise can extend your life by a few more years. Without doing stretching and aerobic fitness, you are at high risk of diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
Are you ready to take the challenge?
It is now time to prioritize taking care of yourself. After years of being the best mom or dad to your kids and being an employee of the year at work, be the best supporter of your health and create the 2.0 version better than ever. Are you up for the challenge?
Here are five golden ways to stay fit and fab at 50:
1. Eat healthy foods
Maintaining a balanced diet is the key to being healthy. A 2019 study says that plant-based food can decrease the risk of heart problems by 40 percent. There’s no need to dive into being a vegan right away. But opting to eat more vegetables and fruits can make sure your heart not give up on you for quite a while. So ditch your sweets, processed foods, and meat and enjoy plant-based meals, wheat grains, and protein-rich foods.
Furthermore, supplements could be of great help. There are a variety of men’s & women’s supplements you can order online. Iron, vitamins B12, D, and calcium, are the nutrients your body crave for at this age. Taking on supplements can supply a sufficient amount of these nutrients to your body. You avoid developing deficiencies as a result.
2. Ditch the salt
Salt plays a huge role in putting your health at risk and increases your chance to develop kidney diseases, heart problems, and worst, stroke. A study from Cleveland Clinic says that as we get older, we are more likely to develop high blood pressure due to changes in our blood vessels. Cut down your consumption on salt and processed foods. Keep a quick and easy cookbook at home to give you more ideas on how to cook easy to prepare good tasting meals that won’t give you too much sodium.
3. Regular Exercise
Regular exercise is a must. There’s a lot of activities you can do while at home. There’s no excuse. If you can’t hit the gym or get a membership, there’s a ton of workouts you can do for your age while staying at home. Simple drills like sweeping and vacuuming can be a form of exercise too.
Otherwise, it is a good option too to enroll in fitness training or that yoga class you are dreading to go to. If you do it regularly, exercise will be part of your daily habit.
Do not forget to do some warm-up exercises before beginning high-intensity ones. You can do jumping jacks, a few minutes walk on a treadmill or a quick jog. Track your movement with a pedometer watch to keep track of your progress.
Before you do your routines, remember to visit your doctor and ask for his/her approval.
4. Drink lots of water
Water is the body’s fuel. Keeping your body hydrated helps the body with digestion and temperature regulation. Men are required to take 3.7 liters while women are suggested with 2.7 liters of fluids each day. When you are physically active, you should take more than the number needed to replace the lost fluid during exercise. Keep a collapsible water bottle every time you work out to keep you hydrated.
5. Glow from within
Being active, fit, and healthy keep your mind at ease and your heart full. Thus, giving you the glow from within. Enjoy the moments with loved ones. Having a beach picnic blanket handy is actually a good idea. Better prepare in advance for all the outdoor activities you have planned for.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s not too late to start a healthy journey. Don’t let your hard-earned money go by on medical bills. Instead, stay physically fit and fab to spend your golden years on fun and exciting activities. Ain’t that rewarding?
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