Recently I’ve been thinking a great deal about age and the ageing process. Simply put, I have never felt my current age however this year I approached a milestone year (the big 5-0) and my mind has started wandering around this subject. Taking little tip toes to start with but now I find myself focussing on this issue rather more than I’d like.
Other than elderly parents nothing has really changed too much in my world. But seeing someone I love degenerate with an illness has brought this to the forefront of my mind.
What can we do to help ourselves? What can we do to ward off this time without going totally overboard. Obviously, this is way too big a topic to delve into here and now, but it is something that is really making me think.
To start with I think after all my protestations over the years it is worth considering an exercise class or something to get us moving more. I have never been one to go overboard on the exercise front but I have recently found myself looking for Personal Trainers. Have I left it too late? I wonder but surely not and I’m sure one of you could enlighten me.
Regarding nutrition, I have tried many diets over the years ranging from Weight Watchers to Slimming World to eating green to keto … you get the picture. But in my middle years I have now found myself just settling on trying to be healthy with my food intake. I don’t want to get into faddy eating by any stretch of the imagination. I think that is the most sensible way forward for us all. Keep level headed whilst we see the latest fads explode in the media around us.
I have found myself taking a far keener interest in my skin care and beauty regime. This is something I am passionate about. I’ve been lucky enough to be blessed with great skin and I want to do everything I can to keep it that way.
I recently found myself in a store purchasing one of the latest Fitbits to see if I really am doing my 10,000 steps a day and was horrified to find that not every day I was hitting this target. So I have found myself walking far more, doing stairs instead of lifts and so on. Mentally, for me, this has been a productive and positive way of approaching those few extra pounds without going totally overboard as in my younger years I may have been prone to do.
Drinking more water and less alcohol is without doubt a must… one I find hard but one I must persist in. Anyone else find it as hard as me?
So on balance and without touching on far too broad a topic than I have time for now, I find myself sitting here with the stark realisation that I must embrace the years ahead of me and do all I can to take care of myself without becoming boring about it. I shall do my 10,000 steps every day and eat a healthy diet and not forget to occasionally take my make up off at night (confession time!)
Oh and join an exercise class….