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Honor Your Body

Our Exercise Guru and Content Contributor to the Mezza, Gina Ryals,  is back with a great article on how we should Honor our Bodies…

Honor Your Body By Gina Ryals:  As middle-aged women, our challenges for staying fit and healthy get harder and harder. We push ourselves to eat right and exercise daily; however, our bodies don’t always cooperate with us. Just getting out of bed has its aches and pains. Ironically, we finally may have a little more time to focus on ourselves but with injuries, we may be forced to sit out our next Pilates or morning spin class. I typically teach 4-5 Jazzercise classes a week, which used to be a no brainer for me. I was even apt to teach a class and then proceed to go on a 5-mile walk. Well, it seems that those days may be over… I now have to “honor my body” and listen when it says “stop!” Crazy as it seems, having a master on the main, as they say in the real estate world, is becoming more appealing. Jeez, I think twice about that midnight snack these days. My knees need a little time before hitting the stairs. If you are like me, you’re probably fighting the injuries so you can continue to participate in your favorite activities. I’m definitely a proponent of staying active, but moderation is key as we age. I made the mistake of sharing, or should I say complaining, to my 80-year old mother about being a little sore and immediately she said that I should “QUIT” teaching. Well, my instant response was… “If you don’t use it, you will lose it.” She didn’t argue with me, thankfully! Compared to our parents’ generation, we are much more active. Hard to convince her that I am doing what’s good for me both mentally and physically. Still, as we age, we ache. So, there are ways to stay active and honor your body. 1. Stretching – It is important that we stretch before and after physical activity. 2. Weight Training – Strength training 2-3 days a week builds strong muscles and bones. This helps prevent osteoporosis, as well. 3. Cardio – Most doctors say 3-4 times a week 30-40 minutes. Again, do what feels good for you! 4. REST – So underrated but SO important. Your body needs a day or two off from time to time. You are not 25, remember that! 5. Hydrate! – Don’t forget to drink your water. Hydration, hydration, hydration! You will feel better and look better when properly hydrated. Studies show that we should be drinking half our body weight in ounces! That’s a lot of water!!! Of course, if you have injuries that just don’t let up with typical rest and maybe a little RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation), then do yourself a favor and go see a physician to get a proper diagnosis. You want to heal and get back to your active lifestyle as soon as possible! Common sense is key when it comes to your health and wellness. Take proper precautions when needed and live life to the fullest. Remember, it’s not a sprint, but a good slow marathon. God gave you one body and it’s your job to honor it!

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