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Focusing on Wellness in Midlife

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Remember when we were twenty and could eat whatever we wanted, never exercise, and still look amazing? Those days are gone, honey. While my husband can skip beer for a week and be back in his college jeans, I have to count carbs or risk going up a dress size overnight.

When you are over forty or fifty, you simply must focus on those personal fitness and wellness goals to maintain your health for a long, active life, no matter what your dress size.

When we are in our child-raising and/or career-starting years, there may not be enough time and money to spend on ourselves. Now, there are so many ways to get great wellness info for free that there’s no excuse for not doing something.

Here are some tips and resources for fitness in midlife.

Research It

What diet or exercise plan is right for you? Anything you stick with has to be maintainable, not a quick fix or a fad. Remember our moms doing the grapefruit diet? Where can you get information on wellness?

Start with your doctor.

I’m not your doctor, and neither is WebMD or your friends on Facebook. Start with an actual trip to your physician for a check-up that includes blood work. I was stunned to discover how low my vitamin D levels were and how much that was contributing to my exhaustion. And combined with my low levels of thyroid hormones, it was obvious why I was struggling to have the energy to work out.

Eliminate or treat any underlying health problems and make sure you are healthy enough for any wellness plans you make.

Research. 

I knew that any eating plan I could maintain needed to be varied and not too strict. I don’t see me doing a juice diet or a super-low-carb diet. My doctor recommended the DASH diet to me, which I like because nobody’s selling me pills or a plan or a system. It’s just regular groceries.

The book store (in person or online,) wellness and fitness magazines, and blogs (caveat emptor with  blogs,) are all potential sources of info as you plan out your next moves.

Find Support

Whether you pay for Weight Watchers, join a local fitness center, or start a neighborhood walking group, research indicates having accountability is a top indicator for maintaining a successful wellness plan over the long haul.

I see private Facebook groups as a valuable resource for support or accountability, whether you join an existing group, or form your own with friends. I’ve recently joined a group on Facebook run by a professional trainer. I wish I lived in her area so she could train me at the gym in real life!

Get Help from a Pro

As I said, I’m connected to a trainer, but the time may have come to find a local trainer. I find I work harder and am more consistent when I am paying for training services. Check if your job or local YMCA or JCC provides training services. It may be what gets you in the gym for a workout.

If you prefer working out at home, there’s never been a better time for quality in-home classes or equipment. I’ve been researching Grokker.com, a site with an on-line library of video yoga and fitness workouts. I can choose a new routine whether I’m at home or traveling.

You can also find video workouts through Gaia.com, on YouTube, and as part of an Amazon Prime subscription. Videos online is a good way to mix up your routine and try something new.

Track Your Success

Another secret to wellness is tracking every activity and every calorie. I used to write these down in a notebook, then I recorded them on diet websites, but now there are so many great apps that you have access to whatever you need on the go.

Whether you have an Android or Apple device, there are apps for weight loss, like MyFitnessPal and Diet Point, and fitness apps like Daily Burn and 7 Minute Workout.

Now you don’t even need a tv or computer screen to workout. Tracking, inspiration, and workouts are all available on your phone.

Document Your Journey

Whether your journey is to improve your heart health, train for a marathon, or to get ready for a wedding or beach vacation, tracking your results helps get you through the inevitable bad days.

Take pictures of yourself at the start of you plan and follow up regularly to monitor your successes. Whether you just keep them on your phone, post your #WOD #GymSelfie on Instagram, or start a website to share your routines with the world, visual proof can be the most inspiring part of health and wellness.

If you have a big wellness goal, consider starting a website just to track your journey. From start to finish line, post your activities to create a like-minded community, inspire yourself and others, and to preserve your memories of marathons, Tough Mudders, yoga retreats, or dramatic weight loss.

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Anne Parris

Anne Parris is a managing partner Midlife Boulevard. Her personal blog, Not A Supermom, is your typical mommy blog that her kids say used to be funnier. Anne has a business degree and a dusty résumé from a top accounting firm and a Fortune 500 company, which she reminds herself of every time she is washing underpants. She lives with her family in Virginia and blogs mostly to support her coffee habit.

Jody - Fit at 58

Friday 1st of July 2016

I have written about this all thru my perimenopause to menopause journey. 50 and on & the body is still fighting me. For me, I never could eat anything I wanted so I as ahead of the game because I have had to watch my food since I lost weight young but it is a whole other ballgame when the hormones change!

People younger than me did not want to believe me that 40 was nothing compared to 50's & beyond. Some are finding out now. It is tough both physically & mentally. Not just mentally dealing with the weight but the hormones mess with us mentally so many. like me, go thru some depression & other things.

Anne Parris

Wednesday 6th of July 2016

Jody, you were someone I thought of as I was writing this post. Your writing about fitness is so inspiring to me.

Sharon Linder

Friday 1st of July 2016

Anne, good start to the conversation. I would like to remind readers that a big part of Wellness for women is feeling empowered and taking charge of their medical journey. Comfort and Dignity during medical procedures, treatments, checkups and mammograms is a great place to begin.

Anne Parris

Wednesday 6th of July 2016

I totally agree! Unless you have trust in your hc provider, you are likely to not go to appointments, skip screenings.

Cathy Lawdanski

Thursday 30th of June 2016

Great tips, Anne. I am doing WW and have signed up for their coaching services. Helps me keep track of exactly what I am eating and the coaching gives me support, encouragement and accountability.

Anne Parris

Wednesday 6th of July 2016

One of my good friends has had great success with WW, and is now a coach. Having accountability really does help!

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