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When you reach forty you reach a milestone. Young adulthood ends and middle-age begins. For some, it’s a seamless transition. For many who have been idle and leading sedentary lifestyles for much of their young adulthood, it is a time fret with potentially negative health outcomes. Issues of heart disease, diabetes, cancers and other metabolic issues – long on the radar – now can all of a sudden cause major disruptions in the quality of one’s life. It’s important to eat right, exercise properly and manage stress in order to get the most of your forties.
So if you are on the brink of forty and you want to ramp up your fitness level, consider these three reasons why fitness over forty is important!
You Will Slow Down the Ageing Process
Get fit in your forties because in doing so you slow down the ageing process. If you have been sedentary up to this point, you are ageing twice as fast what’s considered normal. By getting fit over forty, you will build muscle and burn fat, which can literally add years to your life. The best way to achieve this effect is to use short, explosive exercises in a routine known as H.I.I.T. exercise. H.I.I.T stands for High Intensity Interval Training. H.I.I.T. builds muscle and burns fat at a far greater rate than conventional exercise. Plus, it’s great for stabilizing blood sugar levels and you more effectively manage blood pressure and blood cholesterol results, too. If H.I.I.T is too much for you, consider hiring a personal trainer to offer you expertise and guidance as you move through the preliminary levels of exercise.
You Will Enhance Your Holistic Wellness
We now know more about the ‘mind-body’ connection and how the brain plays such an integral role in how the body responds to exercise. In fact, getting fit over forty is not just a workout for the body; it’s also a medicine for mind and spirit as well. That’s because when the body moves at an accelerated pace, even for just a few minutes, it signals the brain to release ‘feel good’ endorphins throughout the body. This ‘feel-good’ phenomenon is experienced throughout the entire mind-body politic. It also goes a long way toward helping to alleviate or eliminate stress and anxiety triggers.
When you feel good, you look good. When you look good, you feel good. Spiritually, getting fit over forty places you closer to your Divinity. It leads to a greater appreciation of and care for your body.
You Will Decrease Inflammation and Joint Pain
Over one hundred million Americans experience some kind of chronic pain in their adult lives. One of the biggest takeaways from getting fit over forty is that you will learn to use your natural bodyweight to keep your body strong and manage joint and chronic pain. A lot of people experience weak areas at the joints. The use of barbells and other weights only intensifies the discomfort, especially if it’s something that has been building since your thirties.
Using your natural body weight can alleviate pain in the joints. Exercises such as push-ups, squats and planks, when varied in frequency and duration, can keep muscles strong well into old age.
Eat right, exercise often and manage stress and you will be fit as you move into your forties!
Staff Writer; W. Eric Croomes
This talented brother is a holistic lifestyle exercise expert and founder and executive coach of Infinite Strategies LLC, a multi-level coaching firm that develops and executes strategies for fitness training, youth achievement and lifestyle management. Eric is an author, fitness professional, holistic life coach and motivational speaker.
In October 2015, Eric released Life’s A Gym: Seven Fitness Principles to Get the Best of Both, which shows readers how to use exercise to attract a feeling of wellness, success and freedom (Infinite Strategies Coaching LLC, 2015) – http://www.infinitestrategiescoaching.com.
You have got to decide, look, this is who I am; this is my best way to present myself, and I’m going to ride that horse to the finish line. Not everybody will like it, but that’s OK.
Today, to get the best of your life and live victoriously:
Live with your
back straight, chin up and breathe!
As another academic school year unfolds across America, it’s important we take a moment and consider what we as parents, caregivers, and advocates can do to lay a solid foundation for the academic success of our youth. For our community in particular it’s a supremely urgent task, as test scores show that our youth – our black males especially – are continually lagging behind the academic performance of other ethnic peer groups. The abolitionist Frederick Douglas once said, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
Regardless of cause, there gaps remain in the academic performance of African-American and Hispanic youth relative to their White peers. The end of the achievement gap will begin in our own home. Let’s invest in success with these five steps.
- Do a DVD Detox
As a fitness professional, I am constantly coaching my clients to ‘detox’ not only their bodies, but their kitchen pantry, as well. I have the same attitude toward the glut of DVD movies that occupy many homes in our communities. There are tons of DVD movies and very few, if any at all, books in our homes. Somehow we have got to resist the urge to pop in a movie to satisfy the attention of our children. A home full of DVD movies is as toxic to a kid’s brain as a pantry full of sugar-ladened cereal boxes are to their bodies. Detox your home of DVD movies!
- Make Reading a Priority
Which leads me to my next point: it’s time we reinstitute reading as a priority in our homes. Reading is the vehicle that can and will close the achievement gap both in our homes and nationally. The five worst words a parent with early childhood children can say is: “everybody don’t like to read.” Reading improves a child’s imagination, improves their concentration and teaches a child about the world outside their experience. Phillip Jackson, of the Black Star Project, an education advocacy group, suggests we should teach our children to read at grade-level by third grade.
- Take the television out of the Bedroom
A recent study suggested that the education achievement gap has linearly increased alongside the advance of the number of televisions Americans have purchased since the nineteen-fifties. Not only have televisions in every room of the typical American home eroded the bonding tendencies of the family structure, it has also crept into the academic potential of youth. A television in the bedroom of our youth is the epicenter of the achievement gap. Television and DVD movies cripple the intellectual capacities of early-childhood development.
- Cure ourselves of ‘Excusitis’
Yes, funding for urban schools is lower than that of suburban schools; yes, inequities exist in the application of standardized testing and yes, there is a dearth of positive, black male role models in our communities. But can we afford to use these and other realities as excuses? I say no. As adults, we must be the first to outlaw excuses. We must then demand the same of our youth. We must insist on excellence – that they give their very best – academically and otherwise. Previous generations have accomplished more with much less resources and advantages than our present circumstances.
- Get actively involved
You can argue that this is the primary reason for the existence of the achievement gap. We tend to believe that once we have raised our own children into adults, our job is done. Truth be told, our job is just beginning! There are far too many of our youth who languish in mediocrity; who are being assigned an inferior academic status and who are riding first-class on the non-stop, school-to-prison pipeline. Active involvement is not limited to joining a mentoring or volunteer program in your community or church. Awesome if you do! At the least, though, identifying a youth or two at church or in your community and making it your job to encourage them to do better; to pat them on the back and tell them their doing a good job goes a long way toward motivating them to success.
Young people thrive on self-worth; their eyes light up when they realize they can indeed succeed and when they are exposed to examples of others who have succeeded.
Let’s infuse them with success mantras and affirmations; let’s get them declaring and then acting as if they are successful and understanding that failure is indeed an option – but success pays more!
The end of the achievement gap will begin in our own home.
W. Eric Croomes is a Transformation Coach and Inspirational Speaker. Book Eric at:
Many years ago, the great Harriet Tubman, in an era much different than ours, said, Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Those words are simple, yet very profound. Why? Because so many people have stopped dreaming big dreams. When people stop dreaming, they lose their connection to a vital source of energy.
Are you one of those people? Have you stopped dreaming? Have your aspirations for your life withered? If so, the good news is it’s never too late to dream again!
Here are three reasons dreams die and what you can do about it.
Our Dreams are Ridiculed
In the Holy Bible, the book of Psalms opens with a description of two types of people in life: those who are “like trees planted by streams of water” and those who “sit in the seat of scoffers”. A scoffer is a person who expresses scorn, derision or contempt for the well-being or dreams of others. It’s the Bible’s term for ‘hater’. There are scoffers all around us; people who will deride your dreams and what you stand for. Scoffers will laugh at you. They may not come right out and mock your dreams, but in subtle ways they hold you in contempt.
Know who the scoffers are but don’t use haters as motivation. Sometimes the scoffers are in your own household. Just be the best you can be. Nurture the greatness in you. Focus on the good you offer to the world. When you take on this attitude, it becomes its own vindication. Frank Sinatra once said, Success is the best revenge.
We Accept our Assigned Dreams
Your ‘assigned dream’ is the dream someone gave you or had for you. Those people usually include our parents, family and friends. They may have had good intentions, but assigned dreams usually end up becoming assigned prisons. Too often we live under the shadow of other people’s expectations; we become more concerned with what they want for our lives than what we want for ourselves.
Determine what you want for your life and get after it. Live your life on your terms for the good of others, not at the whim of others. Often, this requires a certain type of reinvention – but you have to be unafraid to remake yourself. The benefits of reinvention, though, are immeasurable. Remember the attitude of Walt Disney, when he said, If you can dream it, you can do it!
We Lose Our Dreams in the Fog of Life.
“What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up? Like a raisin in the sun? Langston Hughes’ poetic question is as relevant today as it was during the Harlem Renaissance, when he penned it. Many of us have put our dreams on hold, whether for our children, career advancement or just out of pure apathy. We become so engrossed in earning money and material pursuit that we lose touch with what wanted from the beginning. Our dreams then become lost in oblivion.
You’ve deferred your dreams long enough. You were not born to merely raise kids and die. Refocus your energy. Reconnect to the dream of entrepreneurship you once nurtured. Dust the cobwebs from that book you dreamed of writing, that stage play you wanted to produce. Stay focused. Keep dreaming. Most importantly, nurture your dreams. This prevents them from becoming lost in the rat race. Dream again and remember the words of Dawn Markova, I will not die an unlived life. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid.
It’s never too late to dream again!
W. Eric Croomes is a Holistic Lifestyle Exercise Expert and Author of Life’s a Gym: Seven Fitness Principles to Get the Best of Both (LAG).
Visit Eric and download LAG at www.infinitestrategiescoaching.com