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
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
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
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
The keys to a healthy and fit lifestyle at any age are simple
Get Plenty of Sleep
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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