For most of my life, I’ve considered physical fitness part of my daily routine.
Every morning, I start the day with an hour long workout.
My workout routine is definitely taxing. I work hard in order to build stronger muscles, increase endurance and shed calories. I work with dumbbells up to 8 pounds, jump rope, and perform sets of lunges, squats, push-ups and abdominal crunches. When I was younger, shorter workouts were sufficient to easily maintain my ideal weight. While I was somewhat conscientious about what I ate, I wasn’t overly restrictive with my diet choices. As I’ve grown older, exercise is no longer sufficient on its own. My metabolism has slowed and I gained a few unwanted pounds. I needed to rethink my way of eating. I quit drinking coffee, alcohol and sugary drinks. I now drink herbal teas, lots of water and an occasional glass of wine. I became a vegetarian and added a wide variation of fruits and vegetables into my meal plan. I quit snacking on potato chips, pretzels and packaged foods. Not only have I gotten rid of the extra weight and improved the overall tone of my body, but I feel a lot better overall. I no longer deal with stomach troubles, and my skin is and has a healthy glow. It has been somewhat challenging to keep my portions small and not go back for second helpings. I struggle to avoid temptations such as pizza, cake and cookies. I always keep grapes, baby carrots and other types of nutritious snacks available. Since I started eating right, my workouts are far more beneficial. I am hoping these better habits will protect my health as I get older.