We all want to be healthy, fit and physically capable, but as we age we begin to feel as though we are slipping away from wellness and moving towards un-wellness.
We see it in our reflections. It shows on our face. We feel it in our bones. And sometimes it is blatantly pointed out to us by a health care provider.
It’s taken a lot of years to get us to this point. And it will take a concerted effort to turn this train around.
As I remind my clients however:
We grew up in the era of dieting and I doubt there are many among us who look back on that time thinking that it was oh so easy. We also grew up in the era of convenience, with a major boom of processed foods and an increase of sugar in practically every packaged food – even those Lean Cuisine entrees.
You could also say that most of us have become more sedentary, with more driving and less walking, and the focus on multi-tasking and productivity that had us glued to our workstations all day with few breaks.
And in our effort to be picture perfect super-women, we sacrificed our own needs and self-care to look after everybody else.
All these things add up over time and when we reach menopause, the perfect storm hits and we begin to see it play out with signs of ill health and the formation of the “menopause middle.”
Remembering our struggles and “failures” of the past, it is easy to just give in and accept the health issues as our lot in life. The task of changing seems daunting. Surely there is a pill to make it all go away.
Rather than handing your future self over to fate, why not commit to doing ONE thing each and every day that can improve your health in some sort of way?
It might be exercising your brain to keep it active. Taking steps to get a good night’s sleep. Playing games to bring back the fun. Moving more often to get the blood flowing again. Improving strength to keep you self-sufficient into old age.
I’ve put together a monthly calendar with ONE task to do each day. You print it out and faithfully DO each one and track your progress with a big red “X.” Keep it going, every day and DO NOT break the chain. With each “X” you are proving to yourself, providing testimony and evidence, that you are committed and working towards the healthiest version of you.
As your calendar fills up, soon you’ll see more evidence of that everywhere you look: when you order your burger without the bun; when you take time for a walk when you’re out running errands; when you do counter push-ups while your dinner is cooking; when your FitBit starts its fireworks as you hit your step goal.
Each ONE thing can be done by virtually anyone, with no special tools – you likely have everything you need right at home. People who continue to learn typically fair better in life, and those that take action succeed and grow. Change will never happen if we do nothing.
Think about it…
You can’t learn to drive in a parked car.
It’s time to jump in and do it.
Make the commitment today and Take the 1 Pledge Challenge! Invite some friends and co-workers to join you and make a game of it. You can start any day that you are ready but you’ll feel the benefits sooner if you start right away! It’s absolutely FREE, easy to do and fun to participate in, so set aside the excuses and sign up now. 🧡