New Beginnings – Every Day is New

Brilliant_sunset_new-beginningsNew beginnings are possible every day…

What do you do to find inspiration, accomplish goals, continue persevering, and feel the joy in your life?

This photo is a great reminder that you can always start from where you are. The reset button to your health begins with each new day and with the attitude of perseverance to keep working toward your goals.

6 Myths About Aging

A couple senior asian talking and exercising at a park

How you live has the most impact on how you age. Live well!

Do you have unfounded fears about growing older?

There are a lot of myths about aging that might be causing unnecessary worry.

Here are 6 myths (adapted from a woman’s health article, but most will apply to men, also) that you don’t need to worry about:

1. Myth: Dementia is an inevitable part of aging.
2. Myth: If you didn’t exercise in your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, it’s too late to start in your 50’s, 60’s or 70’s.
3. Myth: Sex ends when you age.
4. Myth: Getting older is depressing so expect to be depressed.
5. Myth: Women fear aging.
6. Myth: The pain and disability caused by arthritis is inevitable as you get older.

All of these are not facts – they’re false!

The truth is that aging well depends on your lifestyle choices. If you lead a moderately active lifestyle, eat well, participate regularly in intellectually stimulating activities like letter writing or crossword puzzles, and do your best to maintain your emotional well-being, then you are going to be just fine!

According to a survey conducted by the National Women’s Health Resource Center it was found that women “were most likely to view aging as ‘an adventure and opportunity’ and less likely to view it as depressing or a struggle.

Try not to worry about age – if you pay it no mind, it won’t matter how old you are. It will matter how much you have lived life during your years, so focus on that: living life fully!

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” –George Bernard Shaw

Tips for Exercising in the Heat

Exercising in the Heat Can Get You in Trouble

Country roadSummer is just a few weeks away, and temperatures are heating up! It’s important to understand what’s happening to your body when it gets overheated and how to prevent it from happening.

If you are running, hiking, or being active outside in the sunshine, pay attention to your body

and look for warning signs of these potentially dangerous heat-related illnesses:

Heat cramps – painful muscle contractions
Heat syncope – lightheadedness or fainting
Heat exhaustion – if your body temp rises to 104 F (40 C), you may experience nausea, vomiting, headache, weakness, and cold, clammy skin
Heatstroke – life-threatening condition when your body is hotter than 104 F. You will experience similar symptoms to heat exhaustion, but you also may stop sweating. You need to get medical attention right away in this instance to prevent serious complications.

If you notice any symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, dizziness, confusion, low blood pressure or visual problems, you need to stop exercising and get out of the sun as soon as possible! Fan your body, remove any extra clothing or equipment, and take a break in the shade. Other suggestions are to get some cool water on your neck and forehead, take a cold shower and drink lots and lots of fluids.

To PREVENT your body from overheating while exercising outdoors, wear lightweight, non-cotton clothing to help your sweat evaporate (which is your body’s natural way of cooling you down), exercise in the morning or evening rather than mid-afternoon, reduce your exercise intensity and take frequent breaks. You may also want to wear a hat, visor or wet bandana around your neck. Consider drinking a sports drink to replenish the sodium, chloride and potassium you lost through sweating and of course, drink lots and lots of water.

Have fun in the sun but also stay safe out there!