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Fit at 50

Fifty is a magical number when you're a new stock photographer. Fifty images online qualifies you for exclusivity, assignments, and generally feeling a member of the community. When Half a Century is your age, however, and you start to feel the aches and pains of carrying equipment, contorting to get the perfect shot, and spending hours at the computer processing, keywording and uploading, you quickly realize that health and fitness are going to be just as important as photographic skills in your success.

I have to admit when I was younger, Jimmy Dean and I shared the same philosophy

Live Fast

Die Young

Leave a Pretty Corpse

Except now I can't stay awake past 11 o'clock and the corpse ain't so pretty anymore. I knew I need to change my ways if I want to be Fit at 50

Diet and exercise are the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle

A good diet is a balance between sufficient caloric intake with nutritional requirements

It is important to first understand what you are eating

Then to eat the right things in the right proportions

This means unlimited fruits and vegetables

Include plenty of healthy whole grains

Eat healthy fats like nuts, avocados and olives

While limiting the saturated fats found in meats and dairy

Alcohol has no nutritional value at all

So you shouldn't drink

(at least not in public)

And sweets should be kept to a reasonable amount

(but every mother knows

there are no calories

if you eat just the ears)

Diet books will tell you the best exercise is the one you will do, the best time to exercise is when you will do it. Fitness books will tell you to combine

Cardio Training

with Strength and Flexibility

Both will agree

Always see your doctor

Before starting any exercise program

Remember to do proper warm-ups and cool-downs

And to hydrate before, during and after exercise

To avoid injuries that can put you on the sideline.

Participation is sports can be another good way to improve physical fitness while adding variety to your routine. The key is to find the sport that's right for you.

Tennis wasn't for me

But have discovered Golf

Is something my husband and I

Enjoy Together

The keys to a healthy and fit lifestyle at any age are simple

Eat Right

Exercise Regularly

Get Plenty of Sleep

Don't Smoke

See your Doctor for routine check-ups

And remember to always keep your life in balance

Whether at work or at play

Photo credits: Karen Foley.

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September 28, 2011

Grafvision

haha, funny, great images!

September 28, 2011

Hunor83

Great images...

September 28, 2011

Karenfoleyphotography

Thanks Joe and Jennifer!

September 27, 2011

Joezachs

Aha some useful tips here and the last one sums it all up, always keep your life in balance whether at work or at play
Like that picture, Tennis was not for me :-)

September 27, 2011

Jeniicorv8

good reminders... nice collection... thanks!

September 26, 2011

Ewapix

Thanks! :-) I am doing my best! Ewapix

September 26, 2011

Karenfoleyphotography

Thanks ©ewapix. I hope you get more pics faster than more years (although getting both are good things!)

September 24, 2011

Ewapix

Thanks, I love your blogs. I still have a few images to get there and a few more years to get there :-) Well, less years than images :-) much less years in fact :-) Ewapix

September 24, 2011

Karenfoleyphotography

... thinking about the Who's "My generation" lyrics...... "Hope I die before I get old".... there again, I don't feel old :o)

I agree Dave, age is a state of mind and I hope I never get old!

Thanks everyone for the kind words, K-

September 22, 2011

Dgphotographic

51 images on line... 53 years on the earth... thinking about the Who's "My generation" lyrics...... "Hope I die before I get old".... there again, I don't feel old :o)
Great post, great photo's.
Dave.

September 22, 2011

Rxhope

WOW!

September 22, 2011

Laurasinelle

Very funny, great images!

September 22, 2011

Egomezta

This is a great blog, very interesting, you have great images.

September 22, 2011

FabioConcetta

A blog very nice and fun

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