Whether we like it or not, time is moving on. This can be a great thing as it helps us build memories, realize goals we’ve achieved and ultimately see just how far we’ve come. It can also be less than ideal, however, as we face a new set of challenges surrounding our health, wellness and future.
Many of us have experienced these challenges firsthand a decade or two into adulthood. Our financial obligations increase, as do the amount of decisions we make and people we support. At the same time, our own support may be decreasing, along with our patience, hairlines and energy. Before we cross into (more) depressing territory, I wanted to present a few realistic strategies for combating some of life’s inevitable aging woes.
I’ve been a fan of the Eat This, Not That strategy for some time, which was why I was happy to see a recent post on ways we can improve our overall health after the age of 40. This is something I’m working very hard on myself, and I bet I’m not the only one.
Below are a few tips you can try at work, while the rest can be found at the Eat This blog.
- Stabilize Your Blood Sugar
The office can be a notorious place for poor decision-making when it comes to our eating habits. Some of us skip breakfast, while others down sugary drinks all day. Some of us always buy lunch out, while others can’t resist the junky vending machines or co-worker’s candy jar.
Arming yourself with healthy meals and snacks is one of the best ways to ensure you’re providing your body with the fuel it needs without all the added junk that will drag our systems down. Protein bars, nuts, trail mix, salads and Greek yogurt are a few of my favorites to keep on hand at all times. Most are easy to transport and make little mess. They can even be eaten on the go between appointments.
- Work in Exercise When You Can
Many of us love the idea of an early morning group fitness class, lunchtime gym session or post-work run. Sadly, many of us love that idea, but not its actual execution. We’re all guilty of making excuses, both valid and half-hearted, that allow us to skip out on exercise. While we may not have the stamina (or bodies) we did in our 20s, there’s no reason we can’t shed a little extra weight, even during work hours.
Choosing workout routines closer to the office can save us time during our commute. Snacking on healthy fare throughout the day can leave our lunch hour open for a long walk. Biking or walking to the next appointment will not only provide some fresh air, but a mental break and physical boost as well. Whatever your schedule, see where you can incorporate more movement, and have at it!
- Make it a Group Thing
We all know we’re more likely to success if we have a group of people cheering us on. Let’s face it, none of us are likely to announce that from this day forward we no longer appreciate our officemates bringing in donuts or celebrating birthdays with cake. Instead, we find safety in numbers, support in camaraderie. So mention you’re trying to work in more exercise and less sugar. Gauge the response of your friends and colleagues, and ask them to join you when they’re able.
People with similar goals can not only trade tips and support, but they can also make it fun. Soon enough, you may find yourself looking forward to your Wednesday lunchtime power jogs or your monthly healthy breakfast potluck. Group settings also breed inspiration, in addition to motivation. This might be just what you need to get yourself on the right track.