As we fly through January how’s the health and fitness regimes going?
Are they kicking in well and truly and you are on a high – results are looking good, or do you feel like you are on a sinking ship?
There is so much mis-information out there and I expect if you are on social media, you will be seeing a lot of videos on what you should and should not do.
So what should we do?
How as we age do we avoid the middle aged bloat, the thickening around the waist?
Right to some extent you have to accept that our bodies will change as we go into our 50s. It is the law of nature, we are no longer producing children (or at least most of us aren’t) so this feature of regular periods is no longer required therefore hormones have to change and our bodies too as a consequence.
I think it is extremely important that we face this time with a positive mindset because it is what is supposed to happen and okay it might not be plain sailing but if you try to oppose it, resent it, it will be much harder and if you start thinking – what the heck I might as well let it all go – you will find the ageing process more difficult and really it is becoming very important that we do age well as the NHS can’t cope with a growing older population so we need to help ourselves to be as fit and mobile as possible.
I’ve been reading an article by Men’s Health (I like their articles as they get down to the nitty gritty and are usually pretty informative). The article is on
‘The fight against dietary misinformation continues…..’
Did you know they had identified at least 40 years ago that sugar was the problem but big food companies weren’t prepared to let that out whilst profits soared.
Here is an interesting paragraph from the article:-
Interestingly, it’s noted in Nina Teicholz’s New York Times best-selling book, The Big Fat Surprise, when one of the lead authors of the Seven Countries went back to re-analyse the data, it was actually sugar that correlated most with coronary heart disease deaths, not saturated fat.
In 1987, almost a decade after the Seven Countries study was published, Keys later told the New York Times, “I’ve come to think that cholesterol is not as important as we used to think it was.”
But it was too late. A multi-million-dollar food and drug industry had started to profit from the fear of saturated fat and cholesterol.’
If you’re interested in reading the whole article, it is available on the Men’s Health website I believe.
So what should we take from this?!!! I think primarily that there will always be loads of information out there, loads of do this do that and ta da you will look amazing but from a real health point of view processed sugar is not really your friend so if you can keep that in check you are making a major positive start to improving your health and wellbeing.
So let’s take a breathe – we are all unique so there really honestly isn’t one formula for all however there has to be an understanding of the serious value of a fully functional body that stays strong and that ultimately this can only be achieved with good nutrition, adequate sleep, reduced stress and daily activity.
Firstly I would say, if you constitute losing weight as the best and only way to look after your body, you need to rethink this. Weight loss doesn’t always equate to health.
If we keep things simple and it’s not just down to one element – the above nutrition, sleep, reduced stress and daily activity – start improving in all these areas and you will start to see health benefits.
You could start straight away couldn’t you:-
Are you getting 7-8 hours of good sleep – no well there’s the first thing you can start work on.
What are your stress levels like? If you are more like an 7-8 out of ten again it is a sign to take action, not just keep saying you are stressed, do something about it.
If you don’t get up and out much in the daytime, try a five minute walk somewhere in the day, even if it’s around your house.
None of that was difficult was it. The tricky bit is the food, isn’t it. Personally I think baby steps and give yourself a focus on one area at a time to get results. If you don’t eat well and grab food whatever is there, then let’s just start with trying to make sure you know what you are having for breakfast each day or one meal.
Get that under your belt and it wouldn’t surprise me if the rest of the day starts to fall into place. If you are not sure about what to eat mix it up – carbs (veg, potato, yes pasta), protein and fats – all are relevant and important to your body so have a decent mix of colours and see how that goes. You have to make a start somewhere and if you take baby steps again it works better than the all or nothing option.
Bear in mind with weight that I might weigh 12 stone and you stand me by another lady of that weight and we look completely different so try not to set a figure for weight loss – as how can you know that losing say 1 stone is good for you? It’s a random figure and that weight loss may well be more muscle tone than fat.
Yes let’s have a benchmark weight and measurements at the start of your journey as they are always helpful stats. I think after that tune in once a month but more than that there are too many external factors that upset the balance of the scales. There is always the danger of getting fixated too by numbers.
So I’m going to stop here as we don’t want to feel overwhelm.
What am I saying – Keep it simple:-
- Get one meal sorted each day that’s healthy
- Check how much sleep you are getting and try to settle into a regular pattern
- Be active, get up now and move around
- Take five minutes each day and breathe, take no action, just let yourself chill
Try these four things over the next week or so and see how much better you feel. Let me know how it goes and if you feel that one to one coaching would help you get things going, then please get in touch.