I was teaching Zumba at a highschool a while ago when some of the girls thought I was in my mid 20’s. While extremely flattered, I let them know I was almost 40 years old. One of the girls then said “Whoa! You are half-way to 80!!!”
Ummm…ya….so, how would you respond to that?
It took me a moment to recoup….mainly because I never thought of 40 as half-way to 80 but she was absolutely right! It began a journey of putting a lot of things in perspective for myself.
When I go into high schools now I often talk to girls about how they take care of themselves and manage their stress levels and look with them as to what they can do when they are out of highschool and on to university to support them in managing stress and being in a whole new world. I think it is important to have this conversation with teens. Whether they do something about it right away or tuck that conversation away until it resurfaces down the road….fitness is a huge component to not only being physically fit but mentally fit as well and it’s important for young people and teens to know they can use fitness as an outlet over having to take medications to manage stress, anxiety and other issues.
When I was actually in my 20’s I was one of the most unhealthy people I knew! I had it like “oh, I will be fine!”….”I will never get sick or be over weight”…….WRONG!
I am now looking back over the last 20 years and I must say, 20’s were unhealthy and then I woke up in my very late 20’s, early 30’s and realized I needed to do something about where my health and well-being was headed. It was like the universe began to knock on my door saying “HEY YOU!! I am coming for you if you don’t wake up!!”
And I did! I answered that door and quickly!
My 30’s have really taken on a level of health and fitness I never thought would be possible for me. It has always been a “one foot in front of the other” kind of experience to get to here.
Have you ever heard the question “how do you eat an elephant?”
Answer: one bite at a time.
I realized that I couldn’t just all of a sudden be healthy. I had to start somewhere and slowly work my way through it.
And I did! One bite at a time.
My 30’s became about embracing a positive mindset (mindset is ALWAYS the best place to start), learning about foods, finding physical activities I love to do…to the point (for me) that it became a career. The further I went with it, the more I wanted to support others in finding their fitness and wellness passions that they may not even be aware existed!
Now here I am, about to embrace my “halfway to 80” life and I feel younger now than I ever did. The older I get, the more wisdom in taking care of myself and those around me I feel and wish to contribute to. Age is just a number but in those numbers comes wisdom, strength, courage when you listen for the gold in your life and answer when the universe knocks!
Be You. Embrace Age. Love Life.
If you feel like you are unclear what will make the difference for you for health and well-being but are ready to answer that door, send me an email, lets talk!