Vacations and a change of pace can be good. But I have found that usually after too much change of pace and out of regular schedule, I am more than ready to get back to the way things should be. An actual regular routine, including and not limited to:
1) Exercise. I am not a fanatic – but I do see the value in being mobile and keeping active – especially as I am getting older. I’ve had a few too many injuries because of a stiff back or neck, and know that I could have reduced the recovery time, and maybe even the root of the injury (or at lease lessened recovery time) had I been more active and limber.
Today I do some dance/aerobic exercises almost every morning for about twenty minutes. Jane Fonda has some great workouts on youtube.com for those of us who are aging but still want to stay fit. Among my favorites are: Jane Fonda: Fat-Burning Latin Dance Workout and this one: Jane Fonda: Fat-Burning Funk Dance Workout. She also has weight training videos and I would encourage you to try them – they are really fun! On alternate days I do a weight training workout for about 20 minutes to strengthen my upper body and core.
2) Eat Good Food. Just less of it. Count calories and you’ll be surprised how they add up. Have an app like “Lose-It” for your mobile device and log in everything you eat daily. This works. “They” actually are right when they say, “move more, eat less”. Both Greg and I have lost over 25 pounds since August and are still working on it (especially after the holiday foods).
3) Live A Thankful Life. A grateful, thankful life reduces stress. It is the only way to live. Be generous in both words and deeds. Help those around you – lift another up in spirit. Count your blessings, smile every day and LAUGH out loud!
And if you are an animal person – get a dog or cat for companionship and to love on. They will keep you young, and remove the focus from yourself. They will get you outside and make you smile and laugh every day. Their love is unconditional and does not disappear. They are always ready to love on you :)
I am glad to be back to a solid routine of daily work to keep me busy, exercise and food to keep me strong and healthy and my doggies to bring joy to every day stress. And I wish the same for all of you.
Happy New Year – may this new year be a blessed one!