The older you get, the more your body, frame, and mind changes. You need to pay attention to these transitions and take the right steps and actions that will support you.
In this article, we will look at different ways to keep fit and stay healthy as you approach midlife or as you navigate through your midlife stages.
Pay Close Attention To Your Diet
Food is a major point of consideration and discussion as you advance in age. The impact of the type of food that you eat at midlife can become very evident within a few days.
I have experimented on myself a few times. For example, I once decided to try a 3-month meal plan with 95% fruits, vegetables, roots and protein and only 5% carbohydrates.
The results were mind blowing for me. Firstly I was able to increase my running/ brisk walking distance by 2km effortlessly. Secondly, I experienced better mental awareness, less fatigue, no more stress headaches, and a better control and feel of my body. Finally, my regular bloating was gone and my stomach went down considerably.
I am not recommending this specific meal plan for you but I am helping you see how food affects you at midlife. You should find a meal plan that works for you and consult your physician, if need be, for proper advice.
Another step I took to improve my nutrition was reducing the quantity of my meals by using a small measuring bowl or plate to portion my meals.
Asides from the clear impact of my new nutrition approaches on my physical frame and mental ability, it also helped me emotionally. I became more relaxed, calm, and happy.
Change Your Wardrobe
Did you know that your wardrobe can affect your health considerably, especially your mental health and well-being.
Personally, when I made a decision to change my usual hard sole shoes to soft comfortable inner sole shoes, I noticed it helped my blood flow. Much more than that, I realised that dressing in a functional, comfortable, and ready-to-go approach made me feel much better and really improved my mental health.
If you would like to discover more about the impact of your clothing choices on your health, we have put the link to an article by Mirage News at the end of this article.
How To Start Your Fitness and Health Journey
As I wrap up this article, I want you to do a small exercise as a practical step to embark on your fitness and health journey at midlife.
1. Stand in front of a mirror and look at yourself.
Who do you see?
Are you happy with the appearance of the person you see?
2. Now, close your eyes and envision the appearance you would like to have.
Write down a detailed description of who you want to see when you look in the mirror (flat tummy, glowing skin, muscular arms, 6-pack etc.)
3. Research and discover all that you need to do to have the appearance you want.
4. Make a plan to achieve all these (e.g. meal plan, exercise schedule, etc.)
"Clothing, an essential element of human life, is more than just a means to cover our bodies or a way to make a fashion statement. The clothes we wear can have significant implications for our health, comfort, and overall well-being. So, what's the secret to choosing clothing that not only looks good but also promotes health and comfort?..." Reference: Wardrobe Wellness: How Your Clothes Affect Your Health