I’ll be FIFTY next year. Yep, the big FIVE-0 is staring me down and I’m admittedly a little freaked out. I may not LOOK it anymore, but I still feel 25. I’ve lost the disease to please (for the most part) and believe I’m a LOT wiser than I was then, but I do still feel VITAL. I’m approaching that age that sounded so old back in the 1980s when I was a teen, back when Prince sang about partying like it was 1999 and THAT sounded like a long way off. But, instead of FIGHTING my age, I’d rather REDEFINE it. I know I’m not the only one that feels this way.
I’ll admit, I do have some tips and tricks that help keep me feeling young. I couldn’t keep up what I was doing in my 20s and 30s without consequences, so in recent years I’ve had to adjust. I eat healthy foods about 80% of the time… veggies, fruits, nutrient-dense stuff that gives me clean fuel. I save the other 20% for fun treats and true ENJOYMENT of food. When I can’t eat at least 3-4 veggies a day, I supplement with a superfood shake.
I also MOVE my body. If you don’t use it, you lose it, right? It kind of sucks, but the older you get, the FASTER you lose it too. #truthbomb. I work out at least 4-5 times a week, mostly at home doing workouts from a subscription-based service. I did NONE of that stuff in my 20s. I WORK for the results I have. It’s a lifestyle choice. I choose to do the things that make me feel healthy and vital, because I’ve seen what some of my peers have had to go through if they choose a different path. And, if all else fails… I use a pre-workout to light a fire under my ass when I’d rather sit in my robe and drink coffee than work out (which is most days).
I try to stay out of the sun without sunscreen, and I also use a collagen supplement for skin elasticity. I’m trying to embrace my wrinkles as badges of honor, but that’s a work in progress. I spent too much time in the 80s slathered in baby oil frying like a Thanksgiving turkey to undo all the damage. That’s what you see above #nofilter
I’d love to hear what YOU do to stay feeling young and vital. Drop your comments below!