I just read a disturbing Study Finds article that reported that: “Six in ten Americans said at the beginning of 2019 that this would be the year they finally get in shape, according to a recently survey. Yet two in five respondents now admit they feel “too old” to get back in the gym. In fact, the survey of 2,000 adults found that on average, the age when most in the survey felt too old to work out regularly was just 41 years old.”
Ouch. 41 years old and too tired to go the gym. This is certainly not a good thing. If someone is too old to work out at age 41, what will it be like for them at age 50, 60 or even 80. Yet, I almost always see seasoned citizens at my gym and some of these individuals appear to be in better shape than me. This actually motivates me to stick with my program. One of my best friends is in his mid 70s, a decade older than me, and he is in phenomenal shape. But instead of admiring such a person, why don’t we each resolve to our own best version of such a person? Admittedly, exercise can be a tough habit to acquire and you can always explain your failure to do so. Conversely, once you fully adopt the habit it becomes tough to not work out. Neither of us are particularly athletic people but when my wife and I go a couple of days without some , we grow restless and look for an opportunity to hit the gym. At the least, we go for a brisk walk or quick bike ride.
My best advice if you are reluctant to work out is to start slowly and progress from there. Don’t be the guy or gal who goes for months without a work out and then hits the gym like a maniac, only to go home so sore you resolve to never go back. You don’t need to do 45 minutes on the elliptical and five sets on the bench press your first time out. Better to do 15 minutes of cardio (even at a walking speed) and one or two sets of weights to start. You’ll get up to speed soon enough.
Also, if you are ashamed to show your out-of-shape body in public, my suggestion is that you get over this fear. Most people frankly are thinking about one person (themselves) and really don’t care about how you look or how out of shape you are. And if this isn’t convincing, there are plenty of ways to catch some exercise at home and avoid other people. You can even benefit greatly by taking a brisk walk as I discuss in this article.
You already know the benefits of working out and they apply to you whatever your age – even more so when you are a bit older. These include more energy, better sleep, a strengthened immune system, and the ability to keep up with your friends on the golf course and your grand kids on the playground. And instead of taking away your energy, working out will give you more energy and can even improve your libido. It’s one of the best investments of time you can make.
And if these reasons aren’t enough to motivate you, how about a longer life? As reported at Live Science, “Regular, moderate physical activity such as brisk walking can increase life expectancy by several years, even for people who are overweight, a new large study shows. While higher levels of activity were linked to even longer life expectancies, moderate activity was beneficial, according to the study of people ages 40 and older. The benefit of exercise was seen regardless of people’s weight, age, sex and health conditions such as heart disease and cancer.”
By the way, in addition to the “I’m too old” excuse, there are several other reasons people give for not working out, including being too busy, too much work to do, or too tired. Regardless of the excuse you are tempted to make, please heed the words of David Joseph Schwartz, “You will find that the more successful the individual, the less inclined he is to make excuses.”
This article originally appeared at www.NextPhaseofLife.com and is republished with permission of the author.
Tiramisu Layer Cake
Italian dessert recipes aren’t that hard to make and especially this one.
This is an easy version of the wonderful Tiramisu that is a favorite dessert for many.
Using a box cake mix as a base makes it a real time saver and you still get the fancy taste without all the work!
Let us know how you like this yummy Italian dessert!
Yield: 1 – 3 layer 9 inch cake
Enjoy this Delicious Tiramisu Layer Cake Recipe!
Here are the travel secrets to packing for your next trip – packing light and packing tight!
Hey, guys and gals…here’s a packing list that will be invaluable for many trips to come! It’s nice to be reminded of everything you need to take on a trip. Everyone has so many things to think about when getting ready to travel that a little help with the packing is very much appreciated!
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Tip 1 – Keep an ongoing list of items on your phone of absolute essentials to pack for every trip (charger, cleanser, glasses, bathing suit, sunscreen, etc.) makes last-minute packing a lot less stressful because there’s always a personal checklist for reference.
Tip 2 – Have a small zippered pouch in your carry-on bag to stash all the things that you want to keep with you on a flight. This may include: headphones, earplugs, EmergenC, phone, wallet, etc. When you board, just pull that pouch out and toss it into the seat. You are now ready to place your carry-on in the overhead bin, quickly and efficiently.
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Healthier Banana Bread
Now, doesn’t this banana bread look scrumptious? And, the recipe has been modified to make it healthier.
The amount of sugar has been reduced and applesauce has been used to replace some of the oil. Personally, I would use coconut oil instead of the vegetable oil. It is healthier!
You can use coconut sugar in place of some of the brown sugar.
The mini chocolate chips are optional but, oh, so good!
Design Your life – Healthy living for Grandparents
Looking into the mirror at your grayed out hair and wrinkled skin, you probably reminisce about those blissful moments when you held your bundle of joy in your arms for the first time. Now, a couple of decades later, your bundle(s) of joy have flown the nest and you are back to thinking about what makes your life worth living. It is just a matter of time before you receive an answer to that question.
Grandkids not only let you relive your life’s greatest moments but also make it much more fun to do so! Somehow looking after grandchildren is a lot more enjoyable and much less demanding affair. But to keep pace with those young and energetic hearts and to maximize your fun quotient, it is necessary to build up your strength and sustain it. Healthy living is not a fad that is meant for the younger generation.
As archaic as it sounds, life definitely starts after 40 and it is in your hands to make it worthwhile. Here are a few pointers for you to become the healthiest and the most involved grandparents ever.
Keep close tabs on your health
The best way to keep your body healthy is to know what you are up against. Keep close tabs on your health by drafting regular check-up plans and sticking to it diligently. Getting screened for ailments that are common after the 50 age mark, everything from diabetes to heart, kidney ailments and cancer, should be in your top priority list every few months. Identifying your problems on time helps greatly with the treatment and its success.
Watch what you put into your mouth
Age transforms the way you and your body look at food. From changes in metabolism to modifications in taste buds, you need to adapt your lifestyle to suit your body and its demands. While minimizing sodium and sugar intake, it is necessary to maximize intake of fruits, vegetables, fibers, lean protein etc, Ensure that you always stay hydrated with water and other fluids. Cooking and eating need not be a lonely affair. Socialize and get more involved with people around you to make it more interesting.
Bring in that zing
Age is all the more reason to stay lively and active. Add some physical and mental activity into your daily routine. Take an hour of your time to invigorate your body through simple workouts like walking, jogging, yoga and fight your heart and bone ailments much more effectively. It is best to consult your physician and health advisor before starting any physical activity. As you age your mental acumen declines and that is not a secret but there are ways to reduce its effect. From books, simple puzzles, crosswords and small games to hobbies that motivate you, spare some time to bring back the zing in your routine.
Get some shut-eye
Sleep issues like insomnia are some of the major causes of physical ailments in older people. Though your sleep patterns might undergo changes as you age, simple practices like transforming your bedroom to look and feel more dark and comfortable, changing your bedtime, taking a bath before bed, avoiding television etc, can significantly boost the chances of getting a good night’s sleep.
You are the one person in this world to know what brings you happiness. Be it long forgotten hobbies or contributing for worthy causes or participating in community development programs, be it socializing and finding new friends and connecting with your family or bonding with pets, pick your source of joy and work on it to peel away any discontent and depression from your life.
By choosing to be healthy and happy you are transforming yourself into fantastic role models for your grandkids to follow. As much as grandchildren would like to hear stories from you, you should remember that the greatest story that you share with them will be that of your life.
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