Well, the party is finally over for 2017 and it’s time to get into the groove of 2018 – a fresh, new and shiny year! I’ve never been one for setting New Year resolutions as I feel they put too much pressure on yourself to be unrealistically perfect and then make you feel crappy when you (invariably) break them. And all that dry January malarkey – why on earth would anybody do that to themselves in the coldest, gloomiest, most depressing month of the year? Surely a tipple or two is medicinal for us SAD sufferers – in moderation, of course. However, I do like to have a sort of fluid – very fluid – plan of action at the beginning of the year to ease me along the path to health and happiness. Here are my Top 3 Health Goals for 2018…
Although I would never suggest to anybody that now they’re 50, 60, 70 or older that they can’t do whatever activity they like – be it snowboarding, shark diving or gentle swimming – I do know that preference and inclination changes once we hit a certain age. I basically aim to enjoy doing lots of different activities to keep my body moving, burn off fat and boost those wonderful endorphins. To me, probably the biggest benefit of exercise is to make you feel good and we could all do with some more feel-good in our lives at this time of year!
BE STRONG, NOT SKINNY
Now, with my natural body shape – I don’t think there’s ever been much chance of me being skinny – or anywhere near it. And that’s fine because if you’re happy being naturally thin or slim, then that’s great, but if you’re not and really slim is what you strive to be, then it can be a depressing battle that you will never win. It can also cause a whole host of problems from eating disorders to vitamin deficiency to actually just feeling flipping exhausted with trying to be something that you’re not born to be! So, celebrate what your mama gave you is my mantra! Keep in shape by all means – I intend to try – but let it be YOUR shape and nobody else’s. To do this, I’m going to incorporate some strength training into my mainly cardio based fitness routine by doing more push ups and lifting weights. Building strength is so important for women over 40 as it helps maintain muscle mass which naturally decreases from this age.
GET A HANDLE ON MY HORMONES
Well, there’s no doubt about it, the M word will be featuring in many upcoming blog posts this year as I’m sure it’s the Menopause that is playing havoc with my body and mind (mind you, Christmas probably added to this!) Only recently, since hitting 50, have I really started to notice changes – in the way I feel and look that can’t just be put down to a sometimes slap dash skincare routine and not always taking care of myself as I should. Apart from a really unpredictable menstrual cycle, I’m talking symptoms like insomnia, thin nails that split easily, unruly, wiry hair and mood swings that swing so violently I’m surprised I’m not feeling motion sickness! But it’s anxiety which has been the most disturbing symptom for me as it’s something I’ve never really suffered with before.
I’ve been eating fairly healthily (Christmas food-fest aside) and taking Lumity supplements for a while and I’m sure that this has taken the edge off the health and beauty fluctuations I’d started to feel around 48/49. Shortly after taking Lumity I found I was sleeping more soundly and my skin definitely improved. But a couple of years on, I feel I may now need some extra help and so I’m going to be investigating the menopause and my hormones more closely to get myself back on an even keel. And of course, all of my findings will be shared with my lovely readers and hopefully, will help some of you too!
What health goals have you got in mind for 2018 – let me know in the comments!