That might not sound encouraging at all, but to me that’s the truth. I am not that type of person who believes that you can defy age if you keep your mind happy, stress-free, and worry-free. Aging is a very natural process, and it is beyond our control…but whether you are aging gracefully or not, that is a decision…a decision that takes high commitment and uninterrupted habitual actions over years in order to work.
First and foremost, embrace your age. Know and be grateful that you are getting older, not younger. Learn the changes your body is experiencing and do not feel bad about it. Your metabolism degrading, muscles soften, you get tired easily, body fat mass increases, and it gets harder and harder to lose weight. Again, those are natural and beyond our control. Deal with it.
Then start taking it to the next level. Instead of numbering your age, start scaling your lifestyle. Lifestyle always starts with habits. Habit, bad or good, is built by doing things consistently, every day, uninterrupted. Now, is there anything better you can do for your body in that manner? Can you eat better? Can you do better activities?
YES…but it is not an easy yes. It takes willingness and great commitment. COULD does not have power without a strong WOULD. Yes you can do something better for your body, but the real question is “will you”? Will you eat better? Will you start doing exercise? Will you start committing your time for your health?
Think about this:
If you are eager to have better things in your life; better house, better car, better outfit, better shoes; why won’t you have a better and healthier body? It is after all, the vessel that contains your soul.
I work 12 hours a day. I have kids to be taken care of. I have an overly demanding job. I am stressful, I need good food to fix my mood.
Agree. Those are legitimate issues.
Before you agree with yourself that the only answer to those issues is “I have more important things to do than just worrying about my health”, think about these:
- You don’t even have 30 mins in your days to do workouts?
- Your weekends are occupied with work matters as well?
- You cannot give up those sweet drinks in your meals?
- You cannot eat grilled chicken instead of fried chicken?
- You cannot eat without crackers on the side?
- Can you change milk in your coffee into skimmed?
- Can you exchange 30 mins of your TV time with simple exercises?
- Can you swim with your children instead of sitting around while waiting?
- Can’t you eat more vegetables and fruits than you usually do?
And I can keep going with questions…
Lastly but most importantly, MAKE PROGRESS, NOT EXCUSES.
And don’t worry about perfection; such thing doesn’t exist.
Thirty minutes of exercise is better than none.
If you still have crackers on the side, at least you have started eating grilled chicken.
If you still have full cream milk in your coffee, at least you give up sweet drinks.
Instead of drinking a glass of fresh fruit juice a day, now you drink two.
These simple things, if you do it consistently, every day, uninterrupted, will inevitably build your habit. Once you feel fitter, healthier, and stronger, you will want more. Your new habit will take you further.
Age IS NOT just a number. Your body knows it. Listen to your body and do yourself a favour.