We are heading into Week 4 of #ActiveApril. If you have been following the plan with regular exercise, healthier eating options, taking time out for mental health and spiritual reflection by now you should be starting to feel more energised physcially, mentally and spiritually.
If you haven’t been following then you can always start because it is never too late to implement healthier lifestyle changes. Just head over to the #ActiveApril page
In the coming months I will be continuing to write about Health, Nutrition & Wellness as part of our Over 50 Lifestyle.
Having a healthy mind, body and spirit is the key to squeezing every ounce of happiness, vitality and enjoyment out of life.
Week 2 was all about Mental Health and Wellbeing. During the Facebook Live Videos, I discussed the importance of Keeping our Aging Brains Sharp and How Food and Getting back to Nature can help our Mental Health.
Week 3 was all about Emotional Agility and Nourishing the body and soul
Week 4 – It’s time to get your life off Auto Pilot & Take back control
Have you fallen into Auto pilot mode in your life?
I think we all do from time to time so Week 4 of #ActiveApril is all about mixing things up and getting off Auto Pilot and back in charge of your life!
If you want a Healthy Lifestyle that actually lasts then you need to take ACTION!
We have been working on our physical fitness, our mental fitness and our spiritual fitness but these will only be short term unless we take back control. So many of us, whether we realise it or not live life without even noticing what we are doing sometimes.
I know I do! I wake up, usually have a glass of water and then make a coffee. Sometimes I don’t even realise that I’m doing it! The snack after dinner while watching T.V., the habit of being ‘too busy’ or ‘not enough time’ to exercise.
Did you know that you need to mix up the way you workout? After a while your body becomes used to your workouts and it becomes inefficient which in turn means less calories burned for the same amount of exercise. So mix it up!
We fall into habits that become automatic and don’t require our brain to think. We become comfortable and our brains become lazy. Our brains like the easy route because changes require it to work and build new neuron pathways. Stepping out of our comfort zone just doesn’t appeal.
Let’s start changing that!
Trying to be halfway healthy but can’t stick to it?
Trying different diets that are short term fixes but then you find yourself back to square one?
It isn’t all about what we eat and how we workout. It is about changing unhelpful habits and introducing healthier habits.
Routine is good – I am someone who likes routine and order in my life, especially if I’m working towards a goal. However, when we mindlessly do things out of habit without examining Why? we can start falling into unhealthy lifestyles.
It is important if you are serious about feeling energised, vital and active to take the next step and think about your mindset, stress levels, emotions, relationships.
What are the things in your life that affect how you are thinking about life in general and in particular your relationship with food ? In my post, ‘The 3 ‘D’s’ to Overcoming Emotional Eating’ I discussed emotional associations with food which could be triggered by:
- Childhood associations with food that we may have formed if it was used as a reward or treat.
- It may have been trying the thousands of weight loss ideas and diets that flood the media, which initially worked but were short term and because you lost your motivation you turned back to food for comfort.
- Confusion with all the different opinions on what we should and shouldn’t eat can be so overwhelming that we give up and reach for the piece of cake.
- Stress and anxiety
An exercise to complete for the week
START NOTICING THE AREAS IN YOUR LIFE WHERE YOU HAVE FALLEN INTO AUTO PILOT. THE TIMES YOU ARE JUST GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS.
BREAK DOWN AND RECORD YOUR DAILY HABITS AND SEE WHAT THEY ARE.
STOP TO THINK HOW IT IS AFFECTING YOU.
THEN ASK YOURSELF:
WHY AM I DOING IT AND IS IT GOOD FOR ME? Do you really need to come home and have a drink or reach for that snack without putting any thought to it? Do you really need to press the snooze button rather than making time for daily exercise?
HOW IS THIS SETTING UP MY DAY?
HOW IS THIS AFFECTING MY SLEEPING PATTERNS?
HOW IS THIS STOPPING ME FROM HAVING THE LIFE I WANT.
You may not have to stop doing it but just think about it and it’s impact on your life.
Commit to changing one habit that you feel is holding you back. Write it down and read it several times a day.
The Plan is more of what we did in Week 3 plus the Auto Pilot exercise
REMEMBER: Check with your doctor if you haven’t exercised for a while and get the OK to start. I am not a professional but a guide to support you.
Strong Healthy Women Video – I CAN DO IT You will need some handweights for some of the videos
- Select two healthy recipes to make and post to the Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond Facebook Group page.
- Eat your 2 & 5-a-day – That means five servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit. Click Here to read if you ‘Are really getting your 2 & 5 a day’.
Daily Mental Exercise – 20 minutes for puzzles, crosswords or anything that makes you think. Weeks 1 – 4
Daily Spiritual Connection – 10 – 20 minutes to reflect, pray, meditate or journal Weeks 1 – 4
Drink Water – CLICK HERE FOR THE STRONG HEALTH WOMAN WATER CHEAT SHEET
Complete the Workout sheet for five days, including physical, mental and spiritual activity. Don’t forget to record your wins and don’t be ashamed to record your struggles. Click HERE to download your worksheet.
Warm Up Exercise Examples CLICK HERE
Stretching Examples CLICK HERE
Exercising your Brain – Need some ideas for puzzles, crosswords? CLICK HERE
Spiritual Connection – I’ve provided a link with several Mindfulness Apps you could try. CLICK HERE
Yoga – I love Yoga with Adriene. I follow her on YouTube and do my practice at home. CLICK HERE
Don’t forget to check in at the Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond Facebook Group for daily tips, inspiration and motivation. Not a member? You can join HERE – it’s FREE!