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I have to say that age has always scared me a bit. I mean, I started worrying about getting older when I was young. Some lingering thoughts in my head were how would I look, how would I feel, and would I get around with ease? Aging is like many things in life; you have to take it as it comes. Had I’d known what I know now, that’s exactly what I would have done. Let it come to you and don’t go after it. It’ll be there sooner than you think so enjoy every day. I’m sharing some of my best tips for keeping the body moving.
Celebrate your victories
The picture above is the day I turned 50. I was ready for that day. I had my shoes, outfit and even earrings laid out a day ahead for this picture.
Although I dreaded turning 50, I worked to make myself look good with effort, of course. Have you ever noticed all of the good things in life take effort?
I had worked out hard and met my weight goal. I celebrated that victory by getting dressed up and having a memory that would last a lifetime.
Track your progress
I’m like most people; I do enjoy eating. That’s one of the greatest pleasures of life, right? Although, I’m not typically a big eater but do go out to eat occasionally.
I don’t track calories like I used to, but I do highly recommend it. Regardless if you’re using my fitness pal or your notebook keeping up with what you eat is the key to keeping it moving with age.
If you want to remain active in your fifties, you have to watch what you eat. Keeping your body weight in the right range is imperative.
Move it if you don’t want to
I started exercising in my teens and have never stopped. I remember running five miles like it was nothing. I can’t do that now.
Many days my body simply wants to sit, daydream or rest. I don’t allow that every day. I walk, I go to the gym, I do whatever it takes to keep moving.
Why? I want to be independent when I’m 70. I want to walk two miles when I’m 70, and unless I keep at I now, it will never happen.
Consider the alternative
This may sound a bit strange, but I always think what if I couldn’t move. What if I could no longer workout for over an hour or walk two miles?
What if my health failed me all of the sudden? How would that feel? Not good.
I’m grateful for the strength, the ability and the common sense to keep my feet stepping and my boy in gear. Why? Because no one is coming to save me and all the money in the world can’t buy it. That’s why I do what I do.
Life is full of so many things, and if you live long enough, you’ll see this. Make the most of your life by keeping your body strong, healthy and in good condition. Age won’t stop you if you do and there’s no feeling better than that.
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