Today I’m sharing important fitness tips for women over 40. Believe me when I say that aging won’t slow you down, inactivity and unhealthy lifestyle choices do. I speak from experience because my body is a lot stronger now, I am in tiptop shape, and my health is hundred times better compared to when I was in my 20s. With determination and self-discipline, I took control of my health, my life and just kept going! So when and how do you start then? how do you stay motivated?
First, evaluate your current lifestyle. No self-denial. What is your current body mass index? are you stricken by chronic illness related to your lifestyle choices? Barring medical conditions beyond one’s control, we all know for a fact that hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, obesity, to name a few are direct consequences of poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyle (read important health screening tests for women over 40).
Second, squash the mindset of “eating in moderation”. You need to watch what you eat, not just how much you eat. Medium-size soda, tall frappucino, one bag of chips, three slices of pepperoni pizza, these are “moderate” by definition to some people. You should be mindful of the quality of food you are eating. Remember, you are what you eat.
Third, consider a largely plant-based diet. By definition, plant-based diet means minimal to zero animal consumption (read complete transition guide here). There are hundreds of clinical studies that support the ability of plant nutrition in preventing and reversing chronic lifestyle diseases. Even the outgoing president of the American College of Cardiology Dr. Kim Williams, who happens to be vegan, highly endorse this diet. More recently, the American Diabetes Association also maintains that a plant-based diet can in fact help with diabetes management. You’ve read the memo, now is the time to take important steps to bettering your health.
Fourth, move, stay active, exercise. There are thousands of resources available in the internet. Youtube alone has various fitness routines you can do in the the comfort of your home of office. Invite a friend, hubby, even your officemate to the gym. There is strength and fun in numbers. But most important of all, strive for consistency. Dedicate a time for fitness everyday or few times a week; remember, nothing works overnight. Sow consistently and you will reap eventually (read workout outfits that won’t break the bank and my fitness essentials).
Lastly, create a personal challenge and reward yourself later. As some of you probably know, I went plant-based a decade ago as a personal challenge. My motivation is plain and simple: I want to grow old and enjoy my retirement years healthy and strong. This year, my personal challenge is to tone my arms. I want to look strong not just cute, haha. Okay cute and strong! As for the reward? perhaps a trip to the mainland!
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