Aging is an individual thing. We all have our own journey with blessings and challenges on the way. Some people drift through menopause without a care, others are plagued with sleepless nights and aching joints. Some people enjoy their later years being fitter than those half their age and others have diaries full of hospital appointments plus cupboards full of pills.
I am currently at the age where discussing menopause is a hot topic. I often hear "It's only hormones" and "I'm too young". However, hormones effect your body in many ways and the perimenopause can start at any age; often 10 years before the menopause itself (average age of the menopause is 51).
If you, like me, are at this stage, it is important to focus on the following to reduce effects of declining oestrogen and progesterone levels:
• Eat fresh whole foods including lots of fruit & veg
• Avoid foods and drinks that trigger hot sweats & mood swings
• Exercise regularly
• Drink plenty of water
• Eat protein with every meal
• Get outside to boost Vit D
Also, do consider HRT if symptoms are affecting your life.
We all age and when I hear the words "Don't get old, its hard work", I think that whatever it might be is better than the alternative. We just need to look after ourselves as best as we can. Aging is inevitable and learning to embrace it can make all the difference.
If you are in your later years or as I like to say more advanced level (70 years = Level 70!). Then here are some top tips to look after your body and mind:
• Eat a balanced diet with plenty of colour
• Engage in hobbies and leisure activities
• Keep hydrated
• Do things you enjoy and build a social network
• Keep exercising regularly including some muscle strength work
• Find time to relax and get a good night’s sleep
You will notice that most of these are remarkably similar to the Menopause tips. A healthy lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle no matter what age you are.
I have been incredibly lucky to have worked with people of all ages and abilities. They have passed on their knowledge of what works for them, and I have shared this knowledge with others.
They have not given up and just accepted a sedentary life. They are tweaking exercises or moves so that they are right for them and doing what they can.
As one lady in her 90’s said to me “I knew I would not be able to keep doing everything as I got older, but I decided I was not going to give up too easily”. I like her style!
I want to get old (what is old? – now that is another topic!). Who knows what challenges might arise, but I am going to focus on what I can do, find ways round what I cannot do and have fun!