Watch your diet – Swap biscuits and treats for nuts, pulses and seeds, all of which are high protein, minerals and vitamins. Also eat bananas, which have natural sugars which are released slowly into the body, and is a great substitute for other sweet snacks.
The late great, Marilyn Monroe once said, “Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world.”
Well, with the warmer weather here [honestly!] it’s time to get out and put a spring in our step. I tend to think flat shoes are good for my feet. So, I’ve kicked off my heavy winter boots and am now in light fashionable ballet pumps. But these have thin soles and offer little support and indeed can change the way I walk and encourage my arches to drop. [note to self: – maybe they’re why I’m feeling aches and pains in my knees and back? Everyday shoes with a low broad heel are a more comfortable option. I must look some out! On second thoughts my achy, creaky body could be the result of overdoing the gardening – but at least I’m being active which is good for my health.
Ouch my achy back, I’ve done it again!
It’s that time of year when my delightful small garden calls out for attention. Given a fine day I’m more than happy to respond but I do get carried away with my enthusiasm. I know I’m old enough to know better, and I know I’m informed enough to prepare my ageing body for such an event by stretching it out. Trouble is I only intended to prune a plant or two, cut back a hedge or two, or dig a patch or two. But I ended up doing it all, scaling ladders to hedge, digging deep to plant, and heaving rubbish to tip. End result…severe back ache which happens every spring. So when will I learn?
What to do?
We all feel insecure about our body image, none of us are perfect. But I’ve found the trick is to make the most of what you’ve got and put on a happy face!
At what age did I feel my best and confident of my body image? You’d think I’d say in my hey-day as the Green Goddess on breakfast telly 30 years ago, when my slinky body was held up as the picture of health. But no! Not only was I insecure about my lack of curves back then, but I was soon to be diagnosed with cancer which was to challenge my self confidence.
It’s time for a reappraisal of ageing. Recently there has been a lot in the daily papers about research from AgeUK which found that more than ¾ of adults are looking forward to living longer. However, 9 out of 10 feel strongly that something needs to be done to ensure quality in later life plus a change in the negative view of getting older. It concluded that a positive attitude to ageing appears to be the key to enjoying longevity.