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
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
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
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
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
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.