“I’m doing the work! I’m baby stepping it!!” Bob from “What about Bob?”
The other day while doing “the work” in the gym I found myself caught up in a “Doctor’s Program” that they play in front of the treadmills and ellipticals on the flat screen tv’s above us. It was very interesting because it was a program on women. And not just ANY program – a program on basic concerns woman have as they enter mid-life – and get older. It seems there are a great many myths associated with the aging process for women and excercise and health is right up there with these myths.
A lot of women do not exercise or train with weights because they are afraid they are going to look like a man when they are done. Not true. No matter how much I do bicep curls, for instance – I cannot even see my biceps – oh they are there – deeply hidden – but there is no real substance or shape to them – like a man. Simply because women have extra body fat – we’re born with it – it’s to make pretty babies with. I kind of like that I do not in any way resemble a man – and so does my husband – who much prefers my curves over the way a well-built guy looks – any day. I’m glad for that!
But weight training (working out with machines that have weights on them) is essential for any good exercise program – because it increases weight loss because you are building muscle mass – burning more calories over a longer period of time. We got that straight from a personal trainer at our club – and this information was reinforced on this medical show. It is not always the fun thing to do – but you will get longer lasting results if you do it. Greg and I workout 3 times a week – alternating legs, abs, arms and chest. It seems to be working great – and when we do about 30 minutes of weight machines then he goes to the elliptical and I go to the treadmill – for about 30 minutes – I’m still a “baby stepper” – but I AM doing the work!
Another thing women can do to stay young is stay out of the sun. More and more experts are telling us – too much sun ages you quicker than just about anything so don’t do it! Plus it is NOT good for you! I look young for my age because I do not spend any more time in direct sunlight than necessary.
Also – too thin is not attractive as you age. All the movie stars and models would try to present a different view-point on this – but thin women wrinkle more and look older quicker than women with a few pounds on them – and that includes the face. All that dieting and you’re just going to look old faster and before your time.
Balance is the key. I eat healthy and sometimes not so healthy. We all do. But I try to live a life of balance. Exercise – but don’t obsess over it. Eat healthy but don’t obsess over every little thing you put in your mouth. BALANCE.
I try to live a life of balance in all things – but I’m a “hyper optimistic” person – which means: I want to try new things – go on new adventures and dream BIG dreams – which sometimes are not based in reality. I sometimes take too much on – and since I’m a “finisher” – I complete EVERY task I take on.
Here is an example of something that happens every time I walk into the gym with my husband Greg:
I see the spinning class – and the water aerobics class going on and I will get wide-eyed and very excited and say to Greg, “I want to do those classes – I can do those”! And my dear husband Greg says, “No you can’t” Now before you’re too hard on Greg – let me just tell you a little about him. He is what I would affectionately call a “pessimistic passive/aggressive” – what I mean by that is this: he will say something negative with a smile on his face. He is very used to having to “reign me in” and be a stable and patient influence over my crazy ideas. I guess he’s the “yin” to my “yang” – or the “Ricky” to my “Lucy” – you get the idea. I will say, “you’re a glass half empty kind of guy, aren’t you”? – and he will reply, “No – I’m just someone who lives in the real world – where women like you shouldn’t be doing every exercise class that there is available – Zumba is enough” Yes. I do LOVE my Zumba class on Friday night ☺
Well that’s about all I have to say on that subject for today. I hope everyone is being healthy – eating right and doing some exercise! And staying young in body and in mind!