Perhaps you have heard it: “50 is the new 30.” It’s as true as can be. Look around and you may notice a growing population of women in their 40’s, 50’s, and older, that are as savvy about taking care of their bodies as they are their families, careers and portfolios.
Many factors are coming together to make this a legitimate mainstream trend: fabulous, mature, female role models in the public eye, such as Renee Russo, Andie McDowell, Ellen Degeneres, Tosca Reno and Michelle Obama, to name a few. For years, beauty experts have been advising us to care for our skin by always wearing SPF and women are learning the importance of regular exercise to maintain their health and girlish figures. The half-marathon-for-a-cause is getting record numbers of us in our running shoes. Now, the woman that inspires us to take our own programs to the next level is just as likely to live next door as she is to be on our TV’s.
Much has been in the media about the epidemic of poor health in our society that can be directly linked to processed food. Sugar is one of the worst villains of all. A diet heavy with sugar can result in overall poor health and excessive fat storage, culminating in insulin resistance and diabetes. A new trend of eating is attaining full, buzz-word status: clean eating. Publishers of fitness magazines are using their influence to educate women on the importance of eating whole foods for metabolic health. When the metabolism is functioning normally on clean food, a person experiences vibrant, consistent energy throughout the day, builds muscle and does not store excessive fat. It takes desire and discipline to break out of the addiction to fat, sugar and the flavorings used to keep us coming back for more processed food, but the payback is clear judging by the exponential growth of devotees to this eating “lifestyle.”
If you are already active, you know that when you skip a day of your “me” time, it feels a little like something is missing. Keep changing it up and challenging yourself to avoid a plateau. The human body is very adaptable and will become efficient at an exercise, over time. But, what if you aren’t incorporating exercise into your life? The good news is it is never too late to start. If you are already in your 40’s, 50’s or older, and have never exercised a day in your life, well, that means there is nowhere to go but up! If you start now, and do a little every day, you are not just getting older, you are also getting better! How is that for incentive?