I have a confession to make. I hate the gym. As someone who manages a community that is dedicated to helping women over 60 to live healthier lives, I feel kind of guilty about this. In reality, like most women over 60, I see working out as a “necessary evil.”
When we think about what it takes to stay healthy after 60, we usually think about what we should say “yes” to – more exercise, more veggies, more social interaction and move walking. Unfortunately, this is only half of the story. In order to get the most from life after 60, we also need to eliminate negative forces in our life. We need to remove anxiety, eliminate toxic people and get rid of our bad habits.
Here are 5 things that you can eliminate to improve your health after 60:
When you think about the word “menopause,” you probably imagine a woman in her early 50s. In reality, what happens to our bodies after menopause is just as important.
The changes that occur in our bodies during menopause have long lasting effects. Some of the symptoms, such as night sweats, can last into our 60s and 70s. But, even when the obvious symptoms pass, we still have to deal with a “new normal” in terms of our hormones.
Hailey came to me distraught from a lack of sleep and constant hot flushes. Her doctor’s only recommendation was HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) but Hailey wanted to see if I had any natural recommendations she could explore first.
Almost everyone feels lonely from time to time. In today’s “always on” society, it’s easy to feel alone, even when we are “connected” to hundreds of people online. This problem is especially serious for women over 60, who may be dealing with the loss of a job or other changing social circumstances.
Feeling lonely occasionally is normal, but, if your loneliness is starting to have an impact on your life, it may be time to take more aggressive steps. But, how can you tell the difference?
Getting a good night’s sleep is important. We live in a chaotic world, so, getting restful sleep can be challenging at any age. This is especially true after menopause.
Not only do we have the same distractions and stresses that everyone else has, but, we also have wonderfully active hormones swirling through our bodies. This makes the process of falling asleep even harder.
Quick show of hands, please: Who hates to go to the gym?
How many of you feel that the body you have now in your 50s or 60s is fixed and that there’s no chance of making a big difference anymore?
Women over 60 have lived complicated lives. By the time we reach our 60th birthday, we have our share of battle scars. Some of us have lost someone close to us. All of us have, in one way or another, battled discrimination and stereotypes. Throughout our lives, we have faced questions of body-image. Now, as we enter our 60s, we have a choice to make. Will we allow our negative self-talk to prevent us from living our dreams? Or, will we take control and replace our doubts with positive emotions and a desire to get the most from life after 60?
Here are 5 of the most common negative statements that women make to themselves, consciously or unconsciously and, more importantly, what we can do about them.
Our hormones do strange and wonderful things as we move through menopause. Estrogen, serotonin and progesterone, once mysterious, become all too familiar to us. By the time we reach our 60s, we expect our bodies to “return to normal.”
I have just returned from visiting my family out of town. We celebrated my aunt and uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary. What an amazing milestone and achievement!
This event got me thinking about family, longevity and the future. After all, almost a million Americans – 920,000 to be exact – will have a heart attack in the next year. Worse, not all of them will have had any warning signs.