March 27, 2021
“The body achieves what the mind believes”
Just before my 50th birthday I had a brief but influential conversation with my friend Kim Fisher.
If you follow Kim on social media, you know what an inspiration she is – especially when it comes to being fit over 50 – mind, body & soul.
She told me I could not only maintain my strength and fitness in my 50’s but possibly see it improve.
So on my 50th birthday I committed to getting stronger with age & not letting the number slow me down.
Three years later I can proudly say the commitment paid off!
I share this because prior to that conversation with Kim, I was feeling anxiety over turning 50 and the prospect of losing strength, endurance or even the energy to remain active.
She offered herself as proof that the body can achieve what the mind believes.
It took me a good couple of years to figure out what works best for me:
•Daily celery juice, green tea and a vegan protein shake with almond milk, collagen powder and flax seed
•Daily but varied workouts of at least 30 minutes (I run, I spin, I hike, I do hot classes that combine hand weights, kettlebells, yoga, pilates and full body exercises like burpees, mountain climbers and jump squats)
•I eat clean, mostly vegan food & practice intermittent fasting 4-5 days a week
•I take anti-inflammatory supplements like turmeric & a probiotic
•Regular visits with a naturopath to keep my hormones in balance
•I’ve reduced my alcohol intake significantly
*I eat & drink what I want on weekends because I love nachos, @zippssportsgrills & @crumblcookies.
Here’s what I don’t do:
*Diet. It’s a four-letter word for a reason
*Burnout on the same exercise every day.
*Run more than 3 miles at a time
Everyone is different & what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for the other.
But don’t let the number hold you back.
We’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.
#fitness #comittment #strong #healthy #endurance