Let’s face it, growing older can come as a bit of a shock – more aches and pains, a little stiffness, and a bit more bird watching, perhaps… and yet, growing older, especially into your 50’s, never needs to be underscored by pain, a lack of activity, or a generally unhealthy lifestyle. We all have the ability to age well, actively, and with confidence, no matter where we are in our lives right now. In this post, then, I talk about how you can maintain an active lifestyle well into your fifties and beyond so as to safeguard a strong, mobile second part of your life.
When we think about the types of activities appropriate for individuals in their fifties and beyond, it’s best to consider those forms of exercise that don’t place unnecessary stress on your joints. Running or jogging, for example, can negatively impact your knees and back if not done with caution and proper form. Walking, on the other hand, can be done by anyone, of any age. So, walking is a good activity to consider. In addition, you may want to include cycling, swimming, yoga, Pilates, and/or canoeing to your routine – not only are these activities fun to do, but they offer you a great way of working out without ‘pumping iron’ or running a marathon. And hey… after you do them, you still have time to spend with the grand-kids! Or better yet, invite them to join!
Have you ever woken up to a headache, pain, and a thirst you can’t seem to slake? Nope, I’m not really talking about the after effects of a big night out… I’m referring more to the effects felt after a big take out! All too often, people underestimate the extraordinary power of food when it comes to their health, fitness, and general wellbeing. If you think pain and nutrition aren’t interlinked, well, you’d be very wrong. Similarly, if you think there isn’t a direct causal effect between your BigMac and some fatigue and back ache, well, you’d be wrong again! What we ingest is as important as how we workout, sleep, and maintain mental wellbeing. There’s a reason the Greek philosopher Hipprocates explained that ‘food is thy medicine and medicine is thy food’. Food matters, not only for your body, but for your mind and quality of life, too. In this post, then, we look at what the wrong foods really do to your body, why inflammation can be problematic, and what you can eat to make it balance back out. Ready? Let’s jump in?
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