Each year we say that we are going to do better. That we are going to eat better, take supplements, exercise, reduce stress, sleep better… and each year it last only a short time.
I know we have some much going on in our lives that it is hard to take care of ourselves. BUT – big BUT – if we don’t take care of ourselves we will, in truth, dwindle away, and we won’t be able to help ourselves or anyone else.
As a boomer myself I know that staying healthy and keeping fit is important. It becomes more important as each year passes.
I have been taking vitamins and supplements for years and I swear by them. I did my research, I talked to a nutritionist, and doctor, to make sure I was taking what was right for me (as I have a chronic disease). When I neglected to take them I feel a difference in a matter of days. Tired, listless and in many ways just plain depressed.
I also, and highly recommend, exercise. Again, I too understand the lack of time to do this, as well as the lack of desire, but it really doesn’t take that long.
Each morning, at home, I do a few stretches, then I do leg exercises for about 15 minutes, some leg lifts (a few minutes – these take time to work with your muscles) and then I go to my suspension rope for upper arm exercise and back muscle exercise. My last push is 5lb weights for wrist and lower arm strength, upper arm strength and neck (I don’t want a hump!) I finish with stretching.
Sounds like a lot doesn’t it. In fact it takes around a half hour (unless my mind wonders) and I feel so much better after.
I have also noticed with all I am doing that my mind is more alert, and my balance is good.
Do I like the exercise, nah. On weekends I tell myself I can take a break. Then Monday rolls around and I think I can just do a bit. By Tuesday I feel really drawn out. Yes, getting older is no fun, have to work the body as you get older may not be much fun but it really does help you feel, and look younger.
So boomers, you with me on making 2017 the healthiest year yet? Great tell me about your plans!