Thursday, April 18, 2013

An Encouraging Message to Post-Menopausal Women - Lose Weight and Re-Gain Your Health

Post menopause can be a frustrating time of life. It's difficult to lose weight and every time you see a doctor, you get bad news about blood pressure, sugar levels, and elevated cholesterol. And one of the most discouraging phrases that can come out of your doctor's mouth - "These issues are related to aging."

It's a death sentence. You're aging, showing signs of disease, and here's a pill to mitigate another sign of aging.

Crap! Who wants to hear that?

At 64, I am fortunate to have recently walked out of a positive health checkup. Perfect weight, BP normal, cholesterol under control, and sugar levels within reasonable limits.

It was a 2-year struggle to get to this point - but there are several activities I rely on to keep these wellness indicators under control:

  1. Keep sugar intake to a minimum - less than 25 grams per day. No rice, pasta, or potatoes after 5 pm. No processed foods.
  2. Keep moving. I do strength training, gardening, dog walking, and exercise DVD's. The DVD's are my newest activity - typical in-the-gym weight lifting gets tedious after 2 years, even if you change routines regularly. So now I mix in Jillian Michaels' short training sessions.
  3. Manage stress with meditation, slow breathing, and in-the-moment thinking.

The message to post-menopaual women is positive and encouraging - you can lose weight and regain your health. If you need a little nudging in this area - check out these books:

5 Outstanding Books to Defy Aging and Improve Your Health and Fitness
If you raised your hand, this article is for you! In fact, if you really care about defying age and becoming fit, this article is a must-read! I've read man...

If you want to ease your way into strength training, read this article:
How to Be Your Own Personal Trainer.

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