Resist Aging from the Inside Out with Exercise

Below are two prompts you can use to help you start journaling if you find yourself with writers block, followed by an article on aging.

  1. What would you like learn before this year ends? (Are there other cultures you’ve always wanted to study? Are there advanced classes you want to attend?)
  2. How is your life different this year? Are there some big changes you’d like to make?

It seems obvious that taking care of our skin helps us look younger. It might not seem so obvious that how we take care of our insides also affects our outsides. Eating right, sleeping well, and living free from drugs and alcohol all contribute to how well we age. In addition, exercise can directly affect and influence our ability to grow older without feeling worn out and tired all the time.

You can resist aging from the inside out simply by exercising regularly. Cardiovascular health is a huge contributor to how our body ages. The healthy supply of oxygen-rich blood to our heart, lungs, and organs keeps them healthy and functioning normally. It’s really important to stay in shape when you want to resist aging. Try these fun activities to help keep your body healthy, limber, flexible, and in shape.

Dance like no one is watching- Dancing is a great way to express yourself, get your blood pumping, and release feel-good chemicals in your brain. Dancing can happen anywhere. In your living room, at the club, or in a specialized exercise class. Use dancing as a fun and easy way to stay fit and resist aging from the inside out.

Play team sports- Being on a team and engaging in competitive sports is a wonderful way to socialize and stay fit. Most communities have opportunities for intermural sports. Gyms often have sports options on their schedule too. From pick-up basketball games to organized softball or soccer leagues, there’s a team waiting for you to join.

Take a hike- Hiking is a wonderful way to experience nature and get those steps in. We need about 10,000 steps per day to keep our bodies healthy. What better way to get those steps in than to see the bounty and beauty of the world. Hiking can happen anywhere and includes all sorts of terrain. Make hiking an easy part of your exercise plan and you’ll be helping your heart stay healthy and your eyes to see more beauty.

What you eat matters when it comes to anti-aging. So does taking care of your skin. It’s equally important to use exercise as a means to fight off old age. They work hand in hand. Find a form of physical activity that you enjoy and make staying fit a life-long plan. The more active you are when you are younger, the more active you can remain when you are older. 

Six Ways to Invest in Yourself

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Many people on this earth spend loads of time, money, investing in other people, or physical possessions, and therefore neglect the person they should be investing in most, themselves! Investing in yourself is more important than almost anything else because you are the only person you will have to spend the rest of your life.

If you are unsure how to start investing in yourself, it is pretty easy, but here are some ways to begin the process.

  • Exercise

Investing in yourself means investing in your health, which starts by engaging in regular exercise. Recent studies have found that sitting behind a desk all day is just as bad for you as smoking, so make sure you make an effort to get at least 30 minutes of exercise at least five days a week.

A cardio-based exercise that brings your heart rate up (and keeps it there) is best, but make sure you do not overdo the routine for your level of physicality. Biking, swimming, jogging, running, gardening, and even housework are all forms of exercise.

  • Stretch

According to Harvard Health, stretching is crucial for keeping muscles strong, limber, and healthy. Therefore, besides just exercising regularly, you need to stretch as well periodically. It helps keep your joints and muscles flexible and helps lower your chances of an exercise or work-related injury.

Some form of yoga is recommended, but even just a few simple stretches at home can go a long way when you wake up in the morning. The experts recommend that you stretch at least once a day for best results.

  • Cook Healthy At Home

Part of investing in yourself also means you need to take the time, and effort, to cook meals at home. Not only is this generally healthier than eating out at a restaurant, but you can control portion sizes and investigate all the ingredients which go into your food.

Some people find it easier to eat healthier when they rid the house of junk food, so they are not tempted and fill the fridge with healthy items instead. Make sure your diet is loaded with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and proteins, and skip out on the added salts, fats, and sugars whenever you can.

Challenge yourself to cook something new, look up the recipe for something you have always loved at a restaurant, and try making your version at home. It will help keep cooking and sticking to your diet, more fun than just eating salads.

  • Pack Healthy Snacks

How many times do you visit the snack vending machine while you are at work? Did you know these items are loaded with trans fats and other ingredients which directly affect your health? Start planning and pack a healthy snack for yourself from home, such as carrot sticks, almonds, or a healthy fruit and nut bar.

You will likely feel more alert, and your wallet will thank you too. If you have a desk at work, consider getting a few dedicated snacks to leave there too, such as a container of raw almonds, that way, you will always have a snack even on the rare occasion you forget to pack one.

  • Skip The Take-out

Whether or not you pack the healthy snacks, you do need to start skipping the take-out. Take-out food, or fast food, is some of the worst food you can put into your body. Even if you select a healthy item from the menu, it is packed with unnecessary calories and sugars that probably do not fit your diet.

If you are the kind of person who is too tired in the evening to cook after a long day, then consider meal prepping healthy meals for the entire week on your day off. Portion them out, and package them individually to have a leisurely meal waiting for you when you get home.

  • Drink Water

According to WebMD, drinking water is one of the most critical things you can do for your health. Every system in your body relies on water to function, and when you deprive these organs of the water they need, you could be heading down a long road of health problems.

Not only that, but dehydration drastically affects your mood and ability to concentrate. Experts recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water each day. And skip those sugary or diet beverages as those only end up dehydrating you more.

Tomorrow, I will explore six more ways to begin investing in yourself. Until then, stay safe, and keep the faith.

Resist Aging from the Inside Out with Exercise

It seems evident that taking care of our skin helps us look younger. It might not seem so apparent that how we take care of our insides also affects our outsides. Eating right, sleeping well, and living free from drugs and alcohol all contribute to how well we age. In addition, exercise can directly affect and influence our ability to grow older without feeling worn out and tired all the time.

You can resist aging from the inside out simply by exercising regularly. Cardiovascular health is a massive contributor to how our body ages. The healthy supply of oxygen-rich blood to our heart, lungs, and organs keeps them healthy and functioning normally. It is really important to stay in shape when you want to resist aging. Try these fun activities to help keep your body healthy, limber, flexible, and in shape.

Dance like no one is watching- Dancing is a great way to express yourself, get your blood pumping, and release feel-good chemicals in your brain. Dancing can happen anywhere. In your living room, at the club, or in a specialized exercise class. Use dancing as a fun and easy way to stay fit and resist aging from the inside out.

Play team sports- Being on a team and engaging in competitive sports is an excellent way to socialize and stay fit. Most communities have opportunities for intermural sports. Gyms often have sports options on their schedule too. From pick-up basketball games to organized softball or soccer leagues, a team is waiting for you to join.

Take a hike- Hiking is a beautiful way to experience nature and get those steps in. We need about 10,000 steps per day to keep our bodies healthy. What better way to get those steps in than to see the bounty and beauty of the world. Hiking can happen anywhere and includes all sorts of terrain. Make hiking an easy part of your exercise plan, and you will be helping your heart stay healthy and your eyes to see more beauty.

What you eat matters when it comes to anti-aging. So does taking care of your skin. It is equally important to use exercise as a means to fight off old age. They work hand in hand. Find a form of physical activity that you enjoy and make staying fit a life-long plan. The more active you are when you are younger, the more active you can remain when you are older.

I know you expected to read my morning and evening skincare routine, but I have one more article on skincare for aging. Saturday, I will end this series with my daily routine. Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

5 Ways Exercise Helps You Become More Successful

You have a lot of energy and are full of visions of dreams fulfilled. You want to succeed in life. But how can you when you are not moving?

Oh, sure, you have got some great ideas about what you want to do. You are probably even working toward them. You might even have the entire future laid out in a precise roadmap and are busy ticking off each item on the list. But consider this: you are still failing if you are not fit.

In short, you need to exercise.

Why is exercise so critical to success?

Exercise Helps You Practice Skills You Need Elsewhere

You will never succeed if you have not set up some serious goals and added them to your schedule. People who exercise are used to doing both things already. This kind of dedicated planning is probably already second nature.

Exercise Invites You to Go Deep

Are you feeling a little burned out or bogged down by bad habits? Both of these problems fade with exercise. When working out, you give your mind a chance to rest. Better yet, the healthy brain chemicals triggered by activity, such as dopamine, replace malaise with a feel-good kind of reaction instead. You get into the zone and can let your mind run free, exploring new thoughts and ideas while growing more fit and healthy with each step. Many a knotty problem has worked out while working out.

Exercise Drops Stress

No, you can not tell the people around you what you think of them. Exercise gives you a safe outlet to burn out anger, rage, frustration, grief, or a host of other emotions aroused by others throughout the day. It clears your mind to get you back on track with what is important.

Exercise Builds You Up

When you are working out, you can not help but feel better about yourself. After all, the very act of exercise makes your body feel good instead of sluggish and heavy. As a result, your self-talk shifts. You become more positive in what you say and even more optimistic about outcomes, especially as you see yourself realizing exercise goals. You visualize success.

Exercise Keeps You on Schedule

When chasing goals, it is effortless to keep working without stopping. It will eventually kill you if you are not careful. By taking an exercise break, you control the day and remind yourself there is a lot more to life than work. It helps keep you in balance to return to your hopes and dreams with a more rested mind tomorrow.

Without your health, you are never going to be able to achieve anything truly. In the end, the most significant benefit to your future success through exercise comes from the fact you are healthier overall. So, get moving, be consistent, and have fun. Success is out there waiting for you.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith. 

24 Things To Do-When You Are Having A Bad Day

Hey, Guys! I want to bring you back up if you read my earlier blog post. A friend gave me a list of 24 things to do when you are having a bad day. It is by Joanna Rahier. I hope she does not mind me sharing.

  1. Go outside for a walk – I took a short walk before writing this blog. When I have finished writing, I will take a walk in my home.
  2. Take a hike down an unknown trail – Not for me, unless there are at ten friends I trust are with me.
  3. Take a 15-minute workout or jump up and down a few times. – I could jump up and down, at least for 2 or 3 minutes until I built up my stamina!
  4. Get dressed, put on some makeup – I do this every morning because I sometimes have to jump on a Zoom call. I considered it impolite to not show yourself unless you need to get up for a moment. Otherwise, it is disrespectful o the speaker. Getting dressed makes the day better puts you in a better frame of mind.
  5. Prepare a healthy meal – Think energizing fruits and leafy greens. – I usually have grits, eggs, and coffee for breakfast.
  6. Make your juice or go to a juicer – I’m ok with peeling an orange. Tastes better for me.
  7. Play with your dog.cat or find someone’s dog and play with it – I am not a pet person. However, when my grandson moved to his new place, he could not have pets. I now have two cats. My grandson comes by once a week and cleans up behind them and buys their food. I know! Why did I not take to a shelter or SPCA? They might have ended up with someone who would mistreat them. I will write a post about them maybe this weekend.
  8. Take a nice, hot shower – I will after I do my jump/walk-in place exercise.
  9. Visit your favorite coffee shop – That would be my kitchen! I make the best coffee for me (hehe)
  10. Think of 5 nice things to say before-mouthing anything. – It would make a better world if we all stopped and thought first.
  11. Cuddle someone – That’s a little difficult right now. However, I do have my books and a fake fireplace. I can cuddle up with a throw blanket, a cup of hot chocolate or a glass of champagne, maybe some of my favorite milk chocolate candy, and one of my favorite romance stories. It works for me!
  12. Eat some chocolate – See! Chocolate it is. I guess better go some candy.

I am stopping for now. The rest I will share tomorrow. I hope you enjoyed the little anecdotes I included with each suggestion. I liked sharing them with you.

Let me know if there is anything you would like me to write. If I do not know the subject, I can research it or ask someone else to write it. Thank you again for reading my posts and for letting me share my grief with you. Until next time, please stay safe, and keep the faith.