I’m a true believer that age is a state of mind and that you are only as old as you feel. I think that my upbringing is why I have such a mindset. I have always been surrounded by parents and grandparents who never let an ache or pain or their age be a setback to getting something done. And to complain is the worse thing ever–after all, what’s the point! Sure we all have days where we are tired but to complain about it will only make you feel worse.
Exercise is a key component in my life at keeping me feeling young. And yes, I am by no means “old” yet–30 is the new 20, right? But when I meet people who are younger than me with so many aches and pains, I can’t help but wonder if they are really all that bad or whether they are bringing it on themselves. I understand that we aren’t all blessed with perfect health but we can make healthy decisions each day to eat a balanced diet and exercise. No, I don’t expect everyone to go out and run a marathon, but incorporating simple things into your life can make a huge difference overtime. It goes without saying–take the stairs instead of the elevator, forego being a couch potato every night of the week, and pack your own lunch each day. These little things do help!
Exercising and eating right are not easy. I’ll be the first to admit–training for a marathon takes a lot of discipline and there are days when I splurge and want the most unhealthy item on the menu. But believe me when I take the time to focus on my eating decisions and keep up with an exercise routine I do feel better. Start with small steps and you’ll be on your way to greater energy and happiness the whole day through.
Week 8 Recap (9/18-9/24): 3 days of running totalling 19 miles, 2 cross training days (yoga and weights)