“Getting old is for people who don’t know any better.” – Tony Horton
I am a firm believer in that statement. I honestly feel that exercise is the fountain of youth. Sure, my skin is more like paper these days and the rolls around my midsection are indicative of motherhood. And yes, I creak and crack more than I care to admit. But, people are often shocked that I am over 50. They say, ‘You don’t act like someone over 50!’ or, better ‘You don’t look 50.’ I really appreciate these words more than these people will ever know.
However, like so many people I tend to run hot and cold with fitness. My entire life, I went with 8 months working out everyday, eating right, and losing those extra pounds only to taper off and become sedentary for the next year. Then, I would look at myself in the mirror in shock at how I had let myself go. The cycle then began again – exercise everyday, eating right, etc.
As I have aged though, I have realized that I can’t do that anymore. I find it mostly with my diet – I cannot tolerate larger meals that produce bloating, gas, and indigestion. I’m much better when I stick to smaller meals – no gas, no bloat, and I can fall asleep without Rolaids.
I find that exercise has also changed for me. With two bad knees (my doctor already told me that I will need knee replacement surgery sometime in my future) from being a runner and dancer in my youth, I have to be careful what I do. I need these knees to last me a bit longer. Any exercise I do needs to be lower impact so I need to concentrate on lifting weights and being more deliberate in my interval training.
So, if I want to be fabulous and look like this…
…I need to get off my butt and get working out again but this time, stick with it.
Have a wonderful day!