You Are Your Wrinkles

You are your wrinkles, so shape up!

You’re over 50 and you look in the mirror, and a wrinkly old woman stares back at you.  What to do?

Grab a pen and a pad and record your daily routine.  What time did you turn in? Did you turn your TV off?  How about your phone?  What did you eat and drink last night?  What did you eat?  How many hours was it between your evening meal and lights out?   If you want to get rid of wrinkles, you need this information.  Your bad habits will wear you out, and the only way to reverse the aging process is to define the problem, then act.

First things first

Exercise is critical for keeping your body youthful.  And exercise in the morning is best.  First make sure you are hydrated. Drink at least an 8-ounce glass of water. Do you live in a building with stairs?  Then walk them up and down for at least 20 minutes.  Have you marked off a mile on the streets of your neighborhood?  Then walk it, starting at a slow pace and gradually increasing speed for at least 20 minutes.  When you get home, drink another 89-ounce of water then take 15 minutes for a set of sit-ups (at least 15 repetitions, 3 times) either on an exercise ball or with your feet tucked under the bottom of your couch.

  • Eat breakfast:  Whatever you like but in moderation.  And don’t forget to have at least two cups of coffee without artificial sweetener.  (That stuff could kill you).  Take a warm shower and enjoy your day.
  • Set exercise goals for yourself each day.  How many miles will you walk?  How many times will you stretch every muscle you possibly can in your body.  How many times will you take a 15-minute break during which you will sit quietly and meditate?
  • Enjoy a well-balanced lunch either alone or with friends and family.  You should know by now what a healthy meal is about, so stick with the program.
  • Everybody knows the dangers of a sedentary life style.  So get off your behind and move.  When you sit more than 30 minutes at a time, your body begins to deposit sugar into you fat cells.  Once you make a deposit, it becomes very difficult to make a withdrawal.
  • People who spend most of their days sitting on their read ends are at increased risk for kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer and obesity.   And if you don’t believe it, take a look in the mirror.  You will see the difference!
  • If you work, leave as early as possible so you don’t get stuck in afternoon traffic.  Nothing is more stressful than being in a hurry and not able to move.  Use alternative routes if necessary.  You may save time in the long run.
  • If you drink alcohol, never do so alone.  When you do have company, limit your drink to one glass as the evening meal is prepared and served.  One more glass of wine with your meal is acceptable.

Remember, every body needs approximately 8 hours of restful sleep nightly, so plan accordingly.  Part of than plan requires that you eat your supper at least one hour before you go to bed.  Skimping on sleep results in dark bags under your eyes.  Lack of sleep also shortens you life.  And do not try to sleep with the television on.  For every hour of television watched in the evening hours, adult viewers are estimated to lose 22 minutes of their lives!   Think about it.  Those minutes do add up.

Lisa Burbage

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