Accepting what is – ageing

I have always been very conscious about my appearance. Not in a frantic way but it has been a part of my overall “me strategy.”.I have maintained the same weight since high school. Even though my body does not look the same as it did then. Giving I have been blessed with 4 children. It’s still the same numbers.

Now that I am older and well let’s face it – things are going south , it’s time for some bigger changes mentally. I am talking about acceptance, with a generous amount of self love.

This together with a new way of approaching everything in life. I am kinder to my self. I have adjusted my way of approaching life. My exercise routine is different- to be honest – less hard core (Iron man) and more soft Yoga 🧘🏼‍♂️.. as it comes to food – less meat and more veggies. I also practice intermittent fasting , because I strongly believe especially as we age the body needs more time to recover on a cellular level.

And so far so good. I love the way my body feels after I give it the proper care and added attitude – I am perfect the way I am – in a humble fashion😉m

Why exercise?

What is your main reason for training? I exercise for a couple of reasons but mainly because my brain loves it, It makes me feel really good. And it´s known that exercise release the “feel good hormones” endorphins. And that super hormone reduces stress as well as reduces your perception of pain. Beside that it helps me maintain a healthy weight as well as keep my body toned.

Most of our time is spent in an office, or at least most of our time is spent sitting down. Add that we usually have a stressful life that adds allot of stiffness to our body. Both mind and body will react to a stressful lifestyle.

And even thoughts can be stressful, not only having a hectic schedule. You might go through a crises or a lifetime change, the last thing on your mind might be going to the gym. But this is the time you should hit the gym.If the gym is to much of a challenge, go for a walk in the forest or a park is to be preferred.

Even children all ages need this as they are a generation who are spending more and more time online and less time outside.

Our brain is the same as it was 40 000 years and back then our body was in constant movement outside- and our brain still needs the outdoor and or body needs the exercise. When possible I will walk or take my bike, seldom you will see me in the car or for that matter on the bus. That way I will get my daily exercise. To keep flexible I add daily Yoga practice 20-30 minutes max. But It is also very important to get your pulse up and sweat, to release toxins.

Body issues – past 40

Wow, where to start? I am strong believer in loving your self and really embrace what life has giving you. We are all beautiful inside and out, you know that already, but still. As a woman, you go through a lot of changes during life. The biggest changes comes often after childbirth, some things are going south, and believe me something are going north.

With estrogen decreasing in your body, changes start happening. Fat deposits moves, you might find your behind become flatter, and if you are blessed with a waist, you might find parts of your behind is actually moving north, ending up around your waist as muffin tops. You are also loosing muscle mass, and with loosing muscle mass comes loose skin as there is no muscle underneath supporting it..

You need to change you exercise routine, you need to opt up the weight lifting to keep your muscle tone, and skip the really long distance runs as this is quite stressful for the body. As you get older your cell turnover is a lot slower, and it takes longer time for the body to recover. If you do HIIT do it no more then 3 times a week and do Yoga for flexibility.

I use Jojoba oil, both for body and face. I like the softness it brings and also that it is very natural, with that said, i use stronger retinal product as well. You need stronger product with aging skin, not only on your face and neck, but also on the rest of your body. Dry scrubbing is very much needed, every other day to get rid of old dull skin, before hitting the shower.

And most of all – Be happy, if you are not happy, make it your goal to be.

Recharge yourself💕

I am an introvert, but with great social skills. I definitely need my own space and time to “recharge”.

It’s important to actually spend time on you, all alone, to reflect and find yourself again. So many people are totally lost, and have no idea who they are or what they want. They are trapped in other peoples stories. No wonder people are feeling depressed. If you are constantly living someone else’s life- how for filling is that?

I believe we all need alone time to think, that is why meditation is so popular right now. It’s also a way to beat dementia, depression and all kinds of mental illnesses.

I do it differently depending on my mood, but yoga flow is a part of it. During the weekdays I get up an hour earlier to have “alone time” with my yoga pass.

Another favorite is running, yes it might sound strange, but it works as meditation for me. I take of for a medium jog, just to clear my mind.

I also make sure to listen to good motivational speakers from now and then just to remind me of where I am going.

How do you recharge?

Stay younger – fitness routine

I am approaching 50, and I am a mother of 4. In my mind I am closer to 25, but my body and skin is not. I want to stay healthy and still look great without overdoing anything. I believe in balance, I am not going to give up life, just to stay “young”. 

Raised in a family where sports was a part of everyones life, we were always active, from downhill skiing to using our bikes to travel to and from school, the city, friends. I have always been busy. In my late 20th up to 45 running was my passion. No long distance, my longest run ever was a half marathon.

Lately my body is not as keen to run anymore, and I believe in listening in on my body. Today I might run once a week, lift weight once a week and do short 20-25 minutes yoga flow sessions (in the morning) 4-5 times a week. I have added Yoga in to my practice, for the flexibility it gives me and not to forget the deep breathing.. I still use my bike daily – everywhere I go.

And yes, nothing is for free and the older you get the harder you have to work. No short cuts, next up I will talk about diets, and no diets.

Health in different ways and forms

Being fit is absolutely a good way to stay young and healthy. However becoming older, your cells turnover slows down, which means it takes the body longer to recover both after activity and a wound.

The skins elasticity decrees. You have to work harder with what you have. I still believe strongly in maintaining your HIIT training 3 times a week for a-proximity 30 min per session – during this time you should really sweat 😓. If you jog, do burpees or really intense Yoga, is all up to you. Just get that heart pumping. This will kickstart your growth hormone. The second thing I vote for is Yoga, all sorts – This will give you the flexibility you need.

Third, you need – me time. It will keep you sane and focused.

Fourth but not last – keep curious to new things, new music, new places , new people, trends. A lot of people get stuck in a old way of thinking.