What a time we live in! Life expectancy for many of us gives us another 30-40 years, even as we move through our 40's and 50's. We have almost another whole lifetime to live yet! Wow!!!
It's more important than ever that YOU, you women in your 40's and 50's, take control of your life and start aligning your life practices with your goals. You literally have decades left to live. If you want to be healthy you will need to bolster up your health goals. It's never too late. I've seen women in their 70's and 80's take on health practices that helped them stay vibrant well into their 90's. Would you like to be vibrant as you age?
It's not even hard. But it takes a bit of dedication and lots of persistence. Here are three things to start thinking about:
- Your eating habits
- Your exercise habits
- Your relationships - are they high-quality or low-quality?
These three areas are the three that have the most impact on your future health. Please don't get all guilty feeling if these areas of your life are in poor shape. Just notice. Then simply begin to think about your values and what sort of health you really want to be in as you age. The final step is to align yourself with your underlying values and act in accordance with those values. Here's an example from my life.
When I was in my early 40s I had a lot of low back pain. I tried many things: physical therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, anti-inflammatory medications, water therapy, and more. I knew deep down that I wanted to be able to hike and go on backpacking trips as I aged so I stayed active. Mostly I walked.
When I was around 50, the walking wasn't enough of an aerobic workout so i started running (I had never been a runner and didn't even aspire to be one). I also had started practicing yoga. I'm now 54 and I have no back pain or discomfort. I took my first backpacking trip last summer with my 25-year-old daughter. We hiked part of the John Muir Trail in Yosemite. It was a challenging and exhilarating trip and I did it. It was satisfying and wonderful. I'm so glad I stuck with my exercise routines. They kept me in shape and had me primed for the physical adventure and burden of carrying a 30-pound pack through the back-country-high Sierra trails.
Now let's talk about you. What do you value about your physical health? Do you value being able to walk, to hike, to ride a bike? Do you want to be able to live independently? Write down the types of activities you want to be able to engage in as you age. Then read your list regularly. Start today. Begin, very gradually, to create the type of life you want to be able to live as you age. Whatever you do - take it slowly. Do NOT take on some lofty quick-fix goals for eating or exercise. Slow and steady is the way to make change. It's proven to be the only way that works. And that's the good news. If you are careful, and if you are persistent, you can achieve your health goals with very gradual change. It can be so gradual that you hardly even notice. That's the key.