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Fit and Fabulous over Fifty

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Fit and fabulous over fiftyMirror, mirror, on the wall.
Who’s the fairest of them all?

This can't be me, you're thinking! The woman looking back at you is much older than you. In the reflection, you see wrinkles, gray hair, and dry skin. There’s also some extra weight, and when did she get glasses!?

Oh, but wait – that is you. You aren’t at all satisfied with what you see in the mirror. Today, you certainly don't feel like the fairest of them all.

You know being fit and healthy is important, but when you weren’t looking menopause and age apparently snuck up on you and did a number on your body and appearance. Getting back in shape is going to be a challenge. If it were easy, you’d look better than you do today.

Having some helpful tips about fitness could give you some tools for fixing the reflection in the mirror.


Eating well is the foundation for being healthy and fit. Look over your diet and see if there are too many carbs, calories, and fat. You want to have a balanced diet of fruits, veggies, protein, and starches.


Staying hydrated is important for looking and being healthy. But remember, not all fluids are created equal. For example, coffee can act as a diuretic and soft drinks include sugar and calories you don’t need. You need water, water, and more water, every single day.


You know you should be exercising regularly, but it can be tough to find the time. If you don’t feel you can carve out 30 minutes of your day a few times a week, at least start adding steps to your day. You can use the stairs, park farther from the building, and get moving whenever you’re on the phone or having a break at work.


Did you know that sleep deprivation can cause weight gain? When you’re tired, it’s easy to overeat, choose junk foods, and drink sugar-laden beverages. On the way home, you may decide to pick up fast food rather than cook a healthy meal. Being exhausted can also prevent you from getting out and exercising. It’s important to create a regular sleep schedule and get some rest.


Setting realistic goals for yourself is important. If you have no goals, it can be hard to work toward being healthier. If you set unrealistic goals, you may give up too soon when you can’t reach them. Start small and reward yourself when you reach each milestone.


You might not realize it, but your doctor can be a great asset when it comes to being healthy. Your doctor can do a complete well-woman exam and help determine a healthy BMI and lifestyle for you. She can give you tips, monitor your progress, and refer you to other specialists as needed.

Have Fun

Being happy impacts your health. The more content you are with yourself, the more apt you may be to stick to an exercise and diet plan. If you're depressed, it’s much easy to turn to junk food and become a couch potato.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

12-07-2016 - 07:49 PM


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