How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

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At this stage of our lives we have, hopefully, discovered that beauty is subjective. We all have an idea of what beauty is to us because beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, there are a few things that we can all agree are beautiful. We can agree that being healthy is beautiful; that being able to walk along the beach hand-in-hand with the person you love at a ripe old age is beautiful. Having stamina, strength and endurance is beautiful at any age, especially when so many people are frail, weak and unhealthy. It is very possible for us to enter our golden years standing tall, walking strong and confidently embracing our age. It is never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle.  According to Dr. OZ there is a simple test you can do to see your body’s true age.

Follow the table below:

 

Age # of Push Ups
30 13
40 11
50 7
60 5

 

Please note, girl push-ups count. If you can hit your number, great!  A little commitment will ensure you will always be able to do so. Living a long, beautiful, healthy lifestyle is not difficult, you just need to know the formula to fighting “father time.” It takes stamina, strength, resting well and eating well to be able to age gracefully. I’ll break it down for you in easy steps that you can begin implementing today.

Step 1: Increase your stamina and strength.

To increase your stamina, you must get physical. You can start by exercising 3 times each week for at least 30 mins. Once you conquer this you can increase your routine to 60 minutes, 3 times a week. You can bike, dance, swim, run or even speed walk. Choose an activity that you enjoy and bring a friend—the more the merrier! Working out doesn’t have to be something you dread.  Have fun with it because if you enjoy it you are more than likely to stick with it and will less likely fall off the wagon. Laughter and sweat is a good combination!

Lifting weights can help to prevent you from feeling frail as you age. How many of us have seen that sweet old lady hunched over in the grocery store and wondered, “Is that going to be me?” Well, it certainly doesn’t have to be you. Incorporating strength training into your world will change more than you think. I know there is this fear of getting too bulky and looking like a man, but let’s lay that myth to rest once and for all. You are a woman. Period. And you can lift ‘til the cows come home, but you will not look like a man unless you start taking supplements that pump up your testosterone levels. When you avoid lifting weights your gym trip may look something like this: climb the stair master for 30 minutes, walk on the treadmill for another 15-20 minutes and close it out with 20 minutes on the bike. When you are done stretching, you leave the gym feeling great (as you should). It is important to note, though, that while cardio will increase your endurance lifting weights will strengthen those muscles and help you burn more calories throughout the day for optimal results from your workout. While you are eating, working or, surprisingly, even while you are sleeping, your body continues to burn calories after a good weight-lifting session. Resistance training is an excellent way to combat loss of bone mass and decrease the risk of osteoporosis. Incorporating strength training at least twice a week will help you feel stronger, more confident, and stand taller. You are setting yourself up for stronger bones in your golden years.

Step 2: Rest Well

When you are thinking of a long-term plan for healthy living, you must incorporate rest. I can identify with the struggle to get enough rest because it is difficult for me to sleep more than six hours on any given night. Still, studies show that the average person needs to have 6 – 9 hours of sleep so that they can be refreshed, energized, and focused throughout the day. To be successful in this area of your health, set a certain bed time so you can go to bed each night at the same time. Set an alarm to wake you up at the same time every day. This includes weekends! Not only will you feel rested and rejuvenated, but you will have less puffiness under your eyes, which will make you look more youthful!

Step 3: Eat Well

Healthy eating is essential to living a long, beautiful life. In order to stay on track with your nutrition, it is best to plan your meals. Make a menu for the week and then prep your food so that it will be easier for you to cook your meals. Having a menu will help you in many ways. It will keep you from panicking when you are hungry and foraging for food in all the wrong places.  Even if you are going out to eat with friends you should still plan your meals in advance. Most restaurants have their menus online, so all you have to do is look up the menu and select your meal without the added stress and pressure that comes with social eating. You will enjoy yourself so much more without the pressure of having to choose your meal as the waiter stands over you, pen in hand and patting her foot, while your friends stare, waiting on you to make up your mind. Why go through this when can order with confidence and clarity because you planed ahead? Also, keep in mind that you don’t have to feel deprived when it comes to eating. If there is something you are craving go ahead and eat it, in smaller quantities of course.

 

Living a long, healthy life and aging gracefully is undoubtedly a beautiful thing. Stay active well into your golden ages and enjoy a zestful life…because you deserve it!

 

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