31 days to Celebrate Life Fit & Fabulous 2017 Health & Wellness Month

Celebrate your life by keeping fit & active in mind, body & soul

August 9, 2017

Celebrate your life by keeping fit and active in mind, body and soul

 

I’ve often written that the secret to positive aging is to have a purpose and that also means keeping your mind, body and soul fit and active. As part of celebrating life we should appreciate that by keeping fit and active our lives will be so much richer.

We only have one body and hopefully by living a fit and active life we can keep it in good working order. Unfortunately, not all of us experience good health and may have a physical or mental illness.  We all need to strive to in the best health we can by looking after ourselves – physically, mentally and spiritually.

More importantly I believe we need to be a healthy role model for our children and grandchildren.  I know my grandson keeps me active when I spend time with him each week.  It is important to me that I show him how to live a healthy lifestyle which includes movement, eating well but also taking time to relax and enjoy the moment.

Celebrate your life by keeping fit and active in mind, body and soul

Celebrate your life by keeping fit and active in mind, body and soul

Being fit and active brings so many positive benefits to our lives and especially the aging process. We have all seen examples of people in their 70s, 80s & 90s who are still enjoying life to the full.

I loved this story that I found and wrote a post about Fitness Inspiration from an 86 year old Nun

My MIL is a wonderful example of turning her life around after the loss of her husband of 70 years.  If you read my blog regularly you will know that she lost all will to live until she moved to her aged care home.

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Nonna all dressed for Italian Day at the aged care home

 

That was the beginning of a wonderful new life for her at 90 years old.  She is so active now – even just walking around the facility but also taking part in tai chi and armchair yoga.

Activities such as Music and Movement, News of the Week, Bus trips, Book Club, Singalongs and Friday afternoon Happy Hour ensures she and the other residents are keeping not just their bodies active but also their minds PLUS they are Happy and that has to be good for their soul.

It doesn’t take much to keep healthy and here are 4 ways to ensure you keep on track.

  1. Exercise regularly – do something you enjoy 3 – 4 times a week for 30 minutes
  2. Eat a well balanced diet – include a treat occasionally
  3. Take time to enjoy life and rest your mind
  4. Stay connected with the others

So let’s Celebrate life and be fit and active!

Celebrate your life by keeping fit and active in mind, body and soul

What will you do today to be fit, fabulous, healthier and happier?

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33 Comments

  • Reply Amber Temerity August 9, 2017 at 01:21

    I love the featured image for this post. So fun, so beautiful!! 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2017 at 16:22

      Yes I love it too Amber – she looks like she is having a ball! Second childhood!

  • Reply Leslie Clingan August 9, 2017 at 10:29

    I have really enjoyed your summer series. When you break keeping fit and active into those four simple steps, it seems very doable. Exercise, healthy eating, relaxation/fun, and connecting with others. Simple formula.

    Have always tried to be a good role model to my daughters (and now my granddaughters) for exercise and taking care of myself. I think it worked because they are both health conscious, too. Years ago, I would run with a teacher friend on our lunch break at school. The kids would ask us why we were running, as if they had never heard of anyone running unless they were running FROM someone/something. I think we changed the thinking of some of our students through our example. You never know who is watching our lead.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2017 at 16:21

      Exactly Leslie you never know who is watching and what type of role model you are without knowing it. Good for you in showing the young ones how it is done. have a beautiful weekend and enjoy! xx

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill August 9, 2017 at 20:46

    Hi Sue – another great post and I am loving the new look for your blog – it has the same fresh feeling that mine has now and that’s always a good thing. If you did it all yourself then you are even more clever than I gave you credit for!
    PS: Hope you’re on the mend x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2017 at 10:37

      Thanks Leanne, the change to our blog inspired me although it is still a WIP. I actually love playing around although I’m not an expert but I am improving. xx

  • Reply Jodie filogomo August 9, 2017 at 23:53

    The new layout is fabulous Sue!!
    And I can’t agree more with your ideas!!
    XOXO

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2017 at 10:36

      Thanks Jodie! I love the new look too although I will still be tinkering with it. Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Carol Cassara (@ccassara) August 10, 2017 at 08:56

    Active is the way to be a senior, that’s my belief, as well!

  • Reply Christina August 10, 2017 at 10:28

    You are such an inspiration!! And I’m so glad your MIL is thriving now. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2017 at 10:32

      Thanks so much Christina and yes MIL is thriving it is great to see! xx

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle August 10, 2017 at 13:55

    Those 4 tips at the end are SPOT ON! I’m not sure that I’ll ever be as fit as you Sue but I sure do try and keep active. I eat healthy. I try and stay connected to others, and I try to enjoy life and rest my mind. I’m so glad your M-I-L is enjoying life at her aged care facility! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2017 at 10:32

      Thanks Min, moving to the aged care facility has been so positive for my MIL which certainly makes my husband feel less guilty about her move. You sound like you have it all together in your life so have a fabulous weekend and enjoy 🙂

  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama August 10, 2017 at 17:41

    You will be proud of me Sue – just this week I have started walking every morning!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2017 at 10:30

      I am very proud of you Janet, but more importantly you would be feeling pretty proud of yourself! Keep up the good work xx

  • Reply Kathy Marris August 10, 2017 at 17:59

    All of this is so important to living a long and healthy life Sue. I can’t believe that the message is not reaching certain people. You really need to move your body and stop putting crap into it! Like you say “you only get one body” so you need to look after it. #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2017 at 10:30

      Isn’t it funny Kathy that the ones who complain as the ones who aren’t moving and are eating the wrong foods. They don’t know how much better they would feel if they just made some small lifestyle changes they would feel amazing. Have a great weekend, Kathy xx

  • Reply Vanessa August 10, 2017 at 19:51

    Now that my tonsils are gone and I’m not all viral all the time, I’m trying to get my fitness back! Just starting with walking for now, a few people have suggested water classes as a good low impact way to try and get my fitness back.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2017 at 10:28

      Walking and Water classes are both good ways to keep fit and healthy, Vanessa. Just take care not to get back too quickly – your body will tell you when you are ready. Have a beautiful weekend xx

  • Reply Jo Tracey August 11, 2017 at 10:04

    My mother is 75 & super fit – always has been – despite never doing any formal exercising. She’s just always been interested. Her mother was the same – and dancing in heels until she was diagnosed with cancer at 93. That’s how I remember her – and that’s how I want to be remembered.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2017 at 10:24

      Hi Jo! Your Mum and Grandmother sound amazing and such great role models for their family and friends. I love reading about ladies like that. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Jan Wild August 12, 2017 at 09:25

    I too love that image, it is so inspiring. Your advice is seemingly simple and so apt. Some people take better care of their cares than they do of their bodies. Very sad x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 12, 2017 at 11:03

      Isn’t it a fabulous image Jan I just love it and it reminds me to have some fun. Have a beautiful weekend my friend xx

  • Reply Estelle Anderson August 12, 2017 at 21:49

    Hi Sue I so enjoyed your post. And I loved the feature photo. All a great reminder to celebrate life, to stay fit and active, and to have fun while you doing all this – no matter what our age. Thanks for mentioning Norma. Her ability to turn her life around after her husbands death is inspiring. Enjoy a fun weekend 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 14, 2017 at 16:26

      It is a great photo isn’t it Estelle? I smile every time I look at it. Have a beautiful week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Claire Saul August 13, 2017 at 08:25

    Hi, found you on #BloggersPitstop #86 and so glad I did! Loving this post and look forward to finding my way around your blog x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 14, 2017 at 16:25

      Hello Claire and welcome! I’m so pleased you found my blog and hope you visit again. Have a fabulous week. x

  • Reply Silly Mummy August 13, 2017 at 10:12

    So true. And love how your mother in law has turned her life around in her new home.

  • Reply Suz August 15, 2017 at 22:54

    This post reminds me, of why we love housesitting, we always have to think about the small to the more complicated things due to different locations. “Now where do they put the cheese grater?” 🙂 To more interesting things such as language! Fitness is usually walking the dogs and exploring the local neighbourhood
    Nice to be reminded of how important it is for ageing parents and their maturing children!.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2017 at 07:40

      Hi Suz! I think housesitting would be wonderful especially in another country. What an adventure! Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day x

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