While you may have spied your first wrinkle or noticed a shift in your
metabolism in your mid-thirties, it probably wasn’t until midlife that you
began to feel your body moving toward maturity. While old(er) age brings with
it increased freedoms (kids are independent or moved out, career is stable),
the needs of our bodies are different than they were in the decades before.
Ageing gracefully is not about recreating your youth but about taking care of
what you have. It’s about feeling and looking the best you can.
What are the best ways to take care of your body as you enter midlife? For a
mind/body approach that caters to your whole being, consider these options:
Get enough rest: Staying up all night and heading to work
with glowing skin is a thing of the past. Women in midlife need more sleep,
and a lack of sleep is likely to show up on your face. In addition, lack of
sleep can increase your risk of health problems, such as diabetes. Sleep is
not a treat; it’s a necessity. Get between 7 and 8 hours each night for
Optimal skin care: A great skin care regimen starts as
early as one’s thirties and includes sun protection, reduced stress,
antioxidants, a daily moisturizer, and natural facial treatments such as
microdermabrasion to treat sun spots and sagging skin. Sun exposure and
smoking can cause the loss of collagen and elastin in the skin, so applying
a moisturizer with broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection daily is an
excellent practice. Drink at least one cup of green tea daily for powerful
antioxidants and consider applying green tea topically to boost your skin’s
ability to fight free-radicals.
Exercise: Optimal levels of exercise include at least 30
minutes a day of light walking and weekly weight-bearing exercise to help
build bone, which can help to prevent osteoporosis. Shifting hormones during
menopause can induce weight gain, so keep careful watch over excess pounds
and increase daily exercise to lose if you move more than 3-5 pounds over
your goal weight. Women reaching midlife may notice that they require more
exercise to maintain their weight. Because weight tends to compound over
time and after the birth of children, staying vigilant regarding exercise
and diet will stack the odds of staying fit in your favor.
Eat clean: You are what you eat, and as your body shifts
and changes through maturation, nourishment as well as chemical additives
and excess sugar manifest in your complexion, weight, and the way you feel.
Consume as many organic vegetables as possible and focus on locally-sourced
meats and eggs for your protein sources. Be sure to include flaxseed and
fish oil in your diet for mood-and-brain-function-boosting benefits of
Omega-3 Fatty Acids. When indulging in treats, opt for dark chocolate,
brimming with antioxidants.
It’s never too early to start taking the best care you can of your body and
spirit. By eating clean, exercising, getting enough rest, and revitalizing
your skin through natural treatments like those offered at Water’s Edge
Natural Medicine, you can expect a beautiful body and joyful heart, at any