Youth is wasted on the young! Have you ever heard that statement before? It makes little sense until you are noticing the differences in your own body and watch younger people complain about theirs. I often look at photos of myself in my 20’s and 30’s and laugh because I thought this or that was a problem and NOW I know what a problem is. Anyone relate?
Last week I touched on the benefits of healthy dietary habits and regular cleansing. This week, I’d like to touch a little bit more on exercise as a path to the fountain of youth. I mean, have you been on Instagram lately and seen the explosion of the silver population (not the girls who dye their hair silver) but the legit - lived it/earned it silver haired foxes?! Like ok! Oh and did I mention some have more abs than Arnold and can out run most of us in a 5K? Yes doll! They are here and in force and I am here for it! What is the magic sauce? It appears to be consistent working out. Lifting weights, stretching and cardio. Notice I did say lifting weights. Yes. There is no reason for every one of us to not have some sort of weekly strength training program in our routine. Did I tell you guys that when I was studying to be a personal trainer, I learned that HEAVY weight training helps to build muscle. Ok, so maybe it didn’t say HEAVY like I am saying it, but what it said was that weight training helps to build strong bones that will help us as we age. You don’t want to live those commercials where the tutu (grandparent) is on the ground shouting out “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”
I am definitely observing also that as I get back to what I call “basics,” my body is appearing more youthful already. I am ashamed to admit that there was a time I thought every woman who was a mom had to have a “mom body” and that once your legs looked all cottage cheesy, you were doomed to live in spandex and pantyhose. I am pleased to share with you that I was very wrong. I don’t know who those ladies were in the 80’s and 90’s but let me tell you, they really painted the wrong image of adulthood for me. They had great lives, happy homes, active social lives and community volunteering, but they had rectangle bodies and dry hair. I didn’t want that look so early on I paid attention to food and exercise, what I consider to be the basics. I was raised mostly by my dad so I also paid attention to what he said was attractive in a woman. I learned to eat well, avoid too much dairy, exercise and treat others the way I want to be treated. I do ok on most of that but it all stuck with me and I pass it on to my babies.
We understand that a lower caloric diet contributes to longevity, it is now understood that fasting can switch the metabolism from using glucose as fuel to using fatty acids. This shift seems to trigger our stem cells to become more active and regenerative. So just throwing this out there to help you better understand how this food and exercise thing can work for your fountain of youth benefit. You realize you’re getting older. You’re not in your teens anymore and you’ve spent a good amount of your 20’s not thinking too much about your body in your 80’s. I mean, who does? So now, you’re looking at your 30’s, 40’s 50’s and you are thinking that they are going to be the slow decline of the temple. So, you start eating better and the struggle is real. So you step it up. Start to detox a little bit. Feeling a little better, start exercising more (or finally, be honest - 1x a day once every 3 or 4 weeks doesn’t count) and then you hear about a group fast that’s happening and some other people’s results impress you and it’s just 3 days, so why not? You are hitting the yoga mat daily and lifting weights a couple times a week. You walk at least 30 minutes a day (ok so some of it is only because you’re picking the far away park at work and the store, but it counts!) Now you are breathing better, sleeping better, feeling stronger and you function better physically so you don’t fall, trip or bruise like you were 6 months ago.
You may not realize that you are operating in the body of a more youthful self, but you are. The more you exercise you will find yourself doing more that your younger self could do. Perhaps even things you never thought you could do. You will notice you recover from activities quicker and with less discomfort. What does that mean to you?
For me, it means staying sexy. I love feeling and looking sexy. I love wearing clothes that make me feel attractive. I love the way I feel when I am in my element. My mind is sharp, my body is tight, my clothes fit perfect and I am exuding confidence. I want to help others and I am enthusiastic about everything. I can be a little bit much I am sure, but I don’t mind because I feel amazing. What about you? Do you remember the last time you felt amazing in your skin and all you did was wake up and be? May I be so bold as to suggest that if you aren’t feeling like this when you wake up right now, consider a shift in your morning protocol and see if some power habits don’t help you get on track.
Head over to the forum and let’s share tips for success in starting the day off right. I made a cute infographic of my morning routine. I’d love to know yours! In the meantime, you can exercise your age clock backwards. Start small. I mentioned walking the longer distance in parking lots by parking further away (be safe out there, some drivers aren’t paying attention) at stores and work. Build up from where you are and be consistent. Yoga on YouTube if free. There are some amazing chair workouts online also if you are unable to stand for long periods of time for any reason. ( I will be sharing a couple chair workout programs soon!) There is also evidence to support the aerobic benefits of breath work as a way to help get started losing weight which will help your body tremendously if you want to stay forever young and really be it! Start small. Build consistency and watch as the small gets bigger and you are amazed at your results. I believe in you! Watch this video below about a great tool to help with detoxing.
I am always here to help you along your journey. Message me and let’s discuss what I can do to support you. You are not alone and this is not a sprint.
D Goosby of JD's Organic Productions, I am a wife and a mom to 8 beautiful kids including 2 sets of twins. At one point, I weighed close to 300 lbs and then lost half of it just to put most of it back on. Eventually I got tired of the yo-yo. I learned some hidden truths about our food system and decided to get educated to make lasting changes. I am a certified personal trainer, and currently studying to become a nutrition and behavior modification coach as well as a peristeam practitioner. I realize that I am not alone in wanting to make healthy lifestyle changes but many of us are lacking the knowledge to make anything permanent.
That is where I can help. I help busy moms like myself, get back to where they feel good again, they look the way they want to look and they get to be a healthy role model for their families and friends.