If Jane Fonda can show off her 72-year-old body, a well preserved and physically-fit specimen thanks to an exercise regimen and diet she has followed for years, then why can’t the rest of us? Regardless of age, lead a healthy lifestyle. Start by following these tips.
Physical Assessment – It is true: you should consult your physician before undertaking any sort of exercise plan. Your heart may not be ready for a workout or there could be some simple advice your doctor needs to share with you before you begin. That advice could include tips for stretching your muscles, drinking more fluids and taking medication.
Follow a Plan – Your personal exercise regimen does not have to be intense, but it should be consistent. By exercising as little as three days each week, you will begin to look and feel better in no time. Optimally, at least five days of exercise is the most sensible approach, helping you to embrace a more physically-fit lifestyle.
Work with a Partner – It’s easier to become discouraged or quit an exercise routine when you go it alone. Workout partners can also keep you safe in the event you lose your balance or become disoriented. If you are married, a healthy spouse can be the best partner for you, but don’t hesitate to ask friends, neighbors or a Mannie to keep you accountable.
Watch What You Eat – All the exercise in the world does not matter much if your diet is poor. Eat more greens that sweets and more fish than red meat. Your local senior center may be able to help you create a meal plan if they have a nutritionist on staff.
Reward Yourself – All exercise and no play makes for a very dull life. Certainly, you do not want to indulge yourself after each work out, but the occasional higher carb treat or meal can be just fine as long as you maintain your discipline.
Looking fabulous can take some work. A regular exercise plan will make you look and feel better than you’ve felt in years. We promise.