Saturday, October 10, 2009

Strong Women (and Men) Stay Young

Most of you know how passionate I am about staying fit. In my twenties I did it because I was a bundle of energy and loved to play tennis and jog.  In my thirties I did it because I wanted to stay fit and thin.  In my forties I did it because I wanted to prove to myself that I still had what it takes.  Now, in my fifties, I do it for all those reasons AND to stay strong and young feeling.  Guess what?  It's working! 

This is a fact:  "When older adults participate in strength training programs, their self-confidence and self-esteem improve, which has a strong impact on their overall quality of life."

I have been practicing strength training focusing on the Upper Body and I notice that not only has my tone improved, my attitude has improved.  I'm usually  pretty positive, and now I am finding it a lot easier to stay consistently positive.  With all the "negative news" (even when we log on to our default web browser we see awful headlines) it's important to stay positive.  All sorts of things can be happening around us with our loved ones, our jobs (or lack thereof), our finances....but the one thing we must do is hold to a positive attitude.  I say this because if we do something that empowers our strength, we will definitely feel more positive about our lives and whatever it is that we are going through.

So, once again, I will say:  take care of your body, mind and spirit......eat right and get exercise REGULARLY

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