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Healthy aging? Yes please!

September 14th, 2021

I had such a busy and fun weekend! I spent time with my mom and attended the home opener for the Kansas City Chiefs. Football is back! It was so good to be back at Arrowhead and what an exciting game it was. I hope your weekend was as enjoyable.

Last week we discussed the aging process, what it looks like and steps we can take to age more gracefully. This week we will discover additional ways to age in a healthy manner. According to the National Institute on Aging, “exercise and physical activity are good for you.” To me this is a no-brainer, but easier said than done. In my observations, the key to success is to find an activity that you enjoy doing and one that can be done year-round. Bonus points if there is a social aspect to it. For example, golf or walking with friends. These two activities do not have an age restriction, can be done with friends and depending on where you live can be done all year long. The reason I suggest having a social aspect is to add a layer of accountability on days when you need more encouragement to get out of the house. It is important to move your body every day, i.e., the old adage “move it/use it or lose it.” I do not want to lose my ability to walk, jog, bend or stretch, so I am revamping my schedule to include time every day to keep moving.

Another area the National Institute on Aging suggests reviewing and modifying is your food intake. Your food intake is more than just the amount of food you consume, as it also includes the type of food you put in your body. Think of it this way – if you put watered-down gas in your car, your car is not going to run correctly or efficiently. The same goes for our bodies. Leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, and lean protein are much better for our bodies than fast food, processed foods, and artificial sugars. I enjoy comfort food, which is not the healthiest choice, so I try to balance it out by limiting the amount and frequency I consume these foods. Truth be told, these foods often make me feel sluggish, tired, and bloated after eating. Sorry if that was too much personal information! I just want to be honest and transparent. In my experience, changes in your diet have a greater chance of becoming a lifestyle if they are small and manageable. Also give yourself grace! If you make a mistake, move on and do better at the next meal, as your day, week and month are not a failure.

As always if you have any questions, please contact me to schedule an appointment to take a deeper dive into the subject. Whether this is the first time reading my blog, or you are a loyal subscriber, Thank you! I am so glad you tuned in this week! Do you have a friend or family member that could benefit from this blog? Tell them to subscribe!

Have a blessed week ~ Lacey

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