Life begins at 50…I’ve heard this a lot from women who have hit this milestone. There is a sense of joy and fulfillment. Many women have finished raising children and begun following passions that they may have put aside previously. Other women find themselves starting their lives over realizing that there is so much to learn. My friend Shelia who is in her 50’s has captured the fountain of youth and balanced it with wisdom. She has a thriving career and is fit; she can run circles around many of her much younger counterparts. I asked her how she does it. Sheila gave me her top five tips for staying vital in your 50’s.

1. Be sure to Meditate or Pray. I believe in the mind/body connection, if your mind is healthy the body usually follows suit. Meditation can be a challenge to start but the rewards make it worth the effort. Taking a few moments of quiet in the morning to reflect on yourself can set you up for success and instill a greater sense of calm when the waters get rough.

2. Move Your Body. Workout at least 3-4 times a week. Weight training is critical to help keep your bones protected from osteoporosis. Sheila works out with a trainer 4 times a week and incorporates circuit training. Your past doesn’t have to define your future. Getting older should mean getting better.  Countless stories are out there about people who started working out later in life.

3. Foster Your Emotional Support System – Joe Cocker was right: “we get by with a little help from our friends.” Good friends matter. A large social circle is the answer for happiness, but one or two people who you can count on can go a long way. As we get older people change and move. Intimacy doesn’t always have to be romantic. Sharing feelings with friends has been shown to be good for us.

4. Eat Healthy Alternatives to cope with Menopause symptoms.  Consuming a diet that is loaded with veggies is crucial as you get older. Leafy greens and soy have been said to help with some of the symptoms.  As you age your body needs less calories (sad but true), so if you want to maintain your weight, adjustment are necessary.  Leafy greens like spinach and Kale are good for your waistline and also can help ease the symptoms that come with Menopause.

5. Don’t Hesitate to Talk to Your Doc. Talking with your doctor/healthcare provider shouldn’t be something that you are doing when there it something wrong. The key to staying healthy as we age is preventive treatment and early diagnosis if there is a problem. Make sure that you have a doctor that you feel comfortable asking questions or bring someone with your who can help you state what you need clearly.

All three of Sheila’s kids are out and on their own.  She said the key to her happiness is to “Laugh. A lot. And don’t take it all so seriously”.  I think she’s right.

Any tips to share? Leave a comment!

About the author:

Oneika is a yoga nerd, book nerd, foodie and newbie blogger. After a long career in retail leadership and training she decided to combine her love of teaching, writing and wellness. The result, a&o discover inspiration a place where women can find the yogi, chef, interior designer and guru that lurks inside them. When she isn’t writing, on her mat, cooking, reading or exploring she’s hanging with her dog Dakota.

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