5 Women Over 50 share their favourite health & wellness tips

 

I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS POST!

I’ve written much about health and wellness for Over 50s and this week I’d love to introduce 5 ladies who are definitely Sizzling!  I asked each of them to share their favourite health & wellness tips as part of my Health & Wellness Month for June.

I’ve been fortunate to meet these lovely ladies through blogging so you will find their websites below and I would encourage you to link through and meet them (some you may already know).

Although each blog is different and special, the common theme is that these women want to keep fit and health and embrace positive aging.

Their tips range from walking, healthy eating, skin care tips and the importance of good mental health.

Women Over 50 health tips

Debbie – Deb’s World

5 Women over 50 share their tips on health and wellness

 

Pick your battles and set priorities

When I was a young mother, I learnt to pick my battles.  As I grew older this lesson has stayed with me, although it’s sometimes hard as I’m a passionate caring person.

To remain fit and healthy as I age is so very important. Over the years I have had to work hard to maintain my weight, my fitness levels, motivation and my mental health. I find blogging helps my creative urges;  walking, running and cycling help my weight and fitness levels; and all of these help maintain my mental health.

I pick which battles I fight and I’ve learnt to set myself priorities.  I take time off if I need it and I try to be realistic.  I’ve become more accepting of my limitations and try not to push myself too hard.

Since fighting my forced redundancy last year and making myself sick in the process, I now try to avoid too much conflict as I know how it takes a toll on my body and head.  This isn’t always easy but I am trying to stay on a more even keel and so far I’m very happy and content with my new lifestyle.  Being retired at a reasonably early age (56) I have to learn to pace myself and schedule my time a bit better.

Look for more of Debbie’s tips in her upcoming guest post for Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

Donna – Retirement Reflections

Happiness Revisited

Walking and Me

I love walking! I’m known as a walker. I walk everywhere. Okay, not everywhere…but you get the idea!

On my site, I wrote a post about the benefits of walking (potentially preventing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, dementia, mental stress and depression). I have also documented my husband and my eight-day, two-hundred kilometer walk on the Camino Trail last year. This year, we will pick up where we left off (Najera) and continue walking the remaining six-hundred and fifty kilometers (approximately thirty days) to Santiago and then to Finisterre (Spain). So, when Sue asked me to share a few health/fitness suggestions, I knew that I wanted to focus on walking.

Most anyone can walk. You just need to make up your mind to do so! If you want to incorporate ‘walking for fitness’ into your daily/weekly routine. In my guest post last week, I shared my Top Ten Tips for Building Walking Into Your Lifestyle. You can read that post here Ten Tips Building Walking Into Your Lifestyle

 

Kathy  – 50 Shades of Age

Meaning in Life

 

Know your limits and eat healthy food

I’ve found that it keeps getting harder and harder to keep healthy and active over the age of fifty. Although I walk almost every day without fail and try to get to either a Pilates or Yoga class once a week, I find I’m susceptible to injury more frequently as I’ve aged. Injuries I’ve acquired from trying to overdo it at the gym or by climbing too many stairs have included a lower back problem, a frozen shoulder and calf muscle strains. I often bemoan that every time I feel like I’m making progress with my fitness regime I acquire an injury!

So my advice for keeping healthy over 50 is to exercise within your limitations and do only what your body can manage. Make sure you move in some way each and every day as being sedentary is the worse thing you can do for your overall health.

I also believe a good diet consisting of healthy food is also paramount to good health. I like to have everything in moderation and when I’ve gained a few kilos I simply cut down on food portions and cut out the wine for a while.

Laurie – Vanity and Me

5 women over 50 share their healt & wellness tips

 

Take care of your skin and be sunsmart

My two most important beauty do’s would have to be Exfoliation and SPF.

Our skin becomes so dull as we age, and doesn’t renew as fast as when we were young. I’m 54, so it takes around 54 days for my skin to renew. If your 64 then it takes around 64 days. That’s how it works! Exfoliating removes the dead skin sitting on the surface, therefore promoting new skin and removing the dead skin stops it from looking so dull.

SPF has to be the best anti-ageing treatment there is. Sun damage to the skin is known as the biggest ageing property there is. A face cream with a least factor 30 and if you wear makeup with SPF all the better. You can get creams ah high as SPF70 for your body and face, so maybe that would be best in hotter climates! Get your daughters using it and your granddaughters! Protecting your skin from any age is so beneficial it’s never too late to start. Try this along with exfoliating for a good anti ageing treatment.

Leslie – Once Upon A Time, Happily Ever After

5 Women over 50 share their tips on health and wellness

 

Invest in a Pedometer and count your steps

When Sue invited me to share a fitness tip with her, I was honored and excited!  And then nervous.  I wanted to come up with something really helpful that anyone could do, no matter their current level of fitness.  My tip needed to be authentic…something I truly do.  And something that didn’t require a whole lot of expense or commitment.  I remembered a post I wrote in February for my own blog, “Working Out in Baby Steps” and decided to share a few nuggets from that article with you today.

START WITH BABY STEPS

We all know little tricks for adding exercise into our daily routine.  Parking the car farther from the store so we walk more.  Taking a flight or two of steps rather than using the elevator.  How ’bout doing 10 squats every time you go to the bathroom?

Wearing a pedometer has really made me more aware of how many (or how few steps) I have taken in a day.  I started with a FitBit Zip.  Then moved up to a FitBit Flex.  And now I have a Samsung Fit Gear that syncs with my phone…thanks to my daughters.

My goal is 10K steps a day.  And most days I get them.  Wearing a pedometer makes me aware of how much I have moved during my day.  The device tracks my steps, how many miles they translate into, how many active minutes in my day, and how many hours I have walked 250 steps or more.  So if I am too sedentary, my Fit Gear silently nags me to get up and move.  I can add other activities like swimming and weight lifting to my daily activity log.  And it can even monitor my sleep and remind me when it is time to get ready for bed.

Because of my Fit Gear, I walk more every day – it’s almost like a game for me.  At work, I take the long way around to the cafeteria, the office, everywhere but the bathroom.  That could get messy.  At home, I make several trips up and down the stairs rather than trying to take everything upstairs at once. Better on the old back, too!

So, my tip would be get an inexpensive pedometer and wear it.  Buy a couple of cute work out tees at Fitness Tee Company to wear when you are working out/walking.  And grab someone you love to do it all with.

Please take a moment to visit these fit and fabulous ladies and say hello.  You can also follow them on social media.

Debbie – Deb’s World

Donna – Retirement Reflections

Kathy – 50 shades of Age

Laurie – Vanity and Me

Leslie – Once Upon A Time & Happily Ever After

 

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57 thoughts on “5 Women Over 50 share their favourite health & wellness tips

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I was so happy with the result Debbie and what a fit, fabulous, sizzling group of women you all are. Thanks for taking part and I look forward to our next collaboration. xx

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I loved the post too Laurie and I’m thrilled you were happy with it and participated. It is good to hear other women’s ideas and thoughts. Have a fabulous week and look forward to our next collaboration. xx

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  1. Donna

    Start with baby steps, get your daughters and granddaughters using SPF face creams now, exercise within your limits, pick your battles…..these are all excellent pieces of advice/reminders that most of us can apply right away!

    I was delighted to be part of this collaborative post, Sue. I was even more delighted to read the other high-quality posts here.

    Thank you so much for bringing us all together. I look forward to future group collaborations.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It was one of my favourites Donna and I loved the variety of answers. We are a fabulous group aren’t we LOL:) Have a wonderful week and yes you are on the list for future group collaborations that is for sure! xx

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  2. Leanne | crestingthehill

    Some great practical tips from other bloggers Sue – I think walking wins for the easiest and cheapest form of exercise for Midlifers – it’s nice to see others being enthusiastic about keeping up their fitness levels.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Walking is the easiest Leanne. I walked up to visit my MIL today and it was lovely looking at the river and City skyline. I think most of us want to be healthy so we can enjoy our life and our grandchildren. We don’t all have to run marathons!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Linda! So pleased you enjoyed the post, I loved putting it together and yes 50 and over does look Good! I’m 60 in August and feel wonderful. Have a great day and I love the name of your blog x

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  3. gigi

    These are all great tips! I also wear a visor when I’m in the sun, including gardening and going walking or to the beach. My favorite Aunt got me started using under eye cream and face moisturizer when I was a teen, so I’ve been doing that forever. I try to take an Aqua Gym class once a week. I love that.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Gigi you have some great tips as well. Like you I started eye cream and moisturizer early and to me that is more important than makeup. I’m looking at taking up Aqua gym classes as I think it would be a good workout but gentle on my body. Lovely to hear from you and have a beautiful day. xx

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Glad you liked it Jodie and yes it is all about enjoying what you do to keep fit and healthy. As long as you are doing something that is the main thing. have a great week.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Roxanne! Yes I agree and these are real women who are enjoying their lives – such positive role models. I had so much fun putting the post together. Have a fabulous day. x

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  4. Kat

    What a fantastic idea, bringing all of these great bloggers together in one place! Even though I haven’t hit my 50s yet, I took lots of advice from this. Especially being sunsmart. I let my sunscreen routine fall by the wayside when I moved to SF, so it’s time to get back on track!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It was such fun to do Kat and I think it is always more interesting to introduce others occasionally to my readers. I know sunsmart is an issue for me as well. Too many years of smothering ourselves in baby oil before ‘slip,slop,slap’ was introduced! Oh that could sound a little naughty LOL:)

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  5. Lynne

    This was very inspirational and will help me stay motivated to keep moving. I have a walking app and a biking app on my phone. Like Leslie said, you challenge yourself to see your activity levels go up.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Sounds like you have a good start with the apps Lynne! I like to challenge myself with my running and see if I can better my time. It keeps it interesting that way. Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by. I hope you visit again.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      What a lovely way to start the day Leah with your beautiful comment. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post and getting to know us all. Have a lovely day and I hope you visit again. x

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh that is great that you haven’t read some of them Shelley it is always good to introduce new bloggers to others. Have a great day and thanks for sharing. xx

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  6. Terri Webster Schrandt

    Sue, this showed up on my Flipboard notifications as part of the fitness subscription I have that is emailed to me daily. Seems this post is making the “big time.” Also an excellent post by some fellow bloggers!

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  8. Linda Hobden

    Loved all the tips – I echo Leslie’s advice about counting steps. I bought a Fitbit a year ago and love how it reminded me to move on the hour and I enjoyed trying to reach the 10,000 step mark! I now have an Apple watch but it still does the same job as the fitbit … 😊

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    1. Leslie Clingan

      My Fitbit and now my Samsung Gear guilt me into walking more, using the steps, parking further from the store. I really enjoy watching my steps increase throughout the day. Have been on vacation for two weeks and need to get back to moving more and eating less.
      Thank you, Sue, for inviting me to join up with a fitness tip. Glad to meet these great gals.

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      1. Sue Loncaric Post author

        They are really great to motivate you to count steps aren’t they Leslie. I know when I was trying for 10,000 steps a day challenge some days I would end up walking around the living room at the end of the day just to get the steps done LOL:) It was lovely to have you join the group and watch out I will be after you for more collaborations in the future! Have a great week and fingers crossed no laptop problems. x

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    2. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Linda! I was doing the 10,000 step challenge and some days when I hadn’t quite reached it I would walk around the living room until the 10,000 clicked over! LOL:) Have a great week and thanks for stopping by xx

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  9. Jo Tracey

    Great tips – as always. Knowing your limitations is something that you’d think I’d be getting better at with time, but sadly no. Another thing I must set a reminder for 😉 #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I know I’m pretty bad as I think I can do more than perhaps I should but I don’t feel anywhere near 60 so I just give it all a go. My body will tell me when to stop! Have a great week Jo.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Thanks Lyndall it was so much fun putting it together and I love all of these ladies. I’m 60 in August and not thinking about stopping yet! Have a great week x

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  10. Deborah

    I love these tips Sue, thanks! And I love the moderate and sustainable approach everyone’s suggesting! My biggest problem is that I’m an all or nothing person and so I have these great plans and then lose enthusiasm, or everything feels too overwhelming.

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  11. Charlotte

    Fantastic tips and ideas, I definitely aspire to keep fit throughout my life and making little changes like this can really help keep it up and adapt. I haven’t got a pedometer either so I think I need one of those now!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Charlotte! Hope you are well. Not sure you need a pedometer especially when you will have two littlies to be chasing LOL:) They do remind you though to keep moving. When I was doing the 10,000 step challenge if I hadn’t done enough steps I would walk around the living room until I’d reached 10,000+ – my husband just rolled his eyes LOL:)

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      We all go through periods where we ‘fall down’ Michele, I know I do. It was really a pleasure for me to put this post together as I could share other women’s ideas and introduce them to my readers. 🙂

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