Apr 10, 2017
5 Tips for Getting Your
55+ Age Body Ready for Spring
The Art of Grooming
for Those 55 +...
The start of “Spring Begins” falls each year between Feb. 3 and
Feb. 5, when the weather remains cold. The spring equinox arrives
about 45 days later. At this time, the earth has absorbed enough
heat that nature begins to show signs of life–insects start to move
their wings and fish swim more actively under the ice. Like
here in Virginia, it is still very cold outside…But, a warm spring
breeze is coming our way.
Will you be ready for it? Will these bodies of ours be
ready…our older, and better bodies for shorts, tank tops, and
<shudder> swim suits?
During the cold winter months, when I stay inside, I usually eat
comfort food, and gain 4-5 pounds, as I have this winter. I
love being outside, being physically active and getting exercise
outdoors. What about you? Do you prefer the warm, or
Regardless, as we transistion to the warm weather, from the cold
winter, which still hasn’t bid adieu, at least here in Northern
Virginia, we need to take extra care and pay attention to some
tried and true basics, which for me, have been all done to nourish
the body and mind.
A few months ago, I did this video of my “skin care regimen” and
you all liked it over 100,000 times! So, I’m revisiting it, with a
focus on spring prep, including skin care…
As part of our Grooming for the 50+ age
Community, here are my tips for getting ready for
- Exfoliate by Dry brushing, as well as using the brush
in the shower:Use soft brushes with natural animal hair in
a circular motion on palms, calves, and thighs. This helps to
release toxins, wakes up the senses, improve circulation, and make
your skin glow. It also helps to remove dead skin cells and
beautify and tone the skin. Use the right defoliant cream,
too. Stay tuned for more on that subject.
- Comb your hair:Comb the hair with a good brush
and use the brush to massage the scalp, from the top to the
center-back of the head. You can also use the fingertips for a
- Exercise Program: move for 20 – 30 minutes,
and try to sweat a bit. More than a bit. I say this as
someone who sweats more than a bit! You’ll see a lot online
about the HIIT program. Work your total body with HIIT, or
high intensity interval training! This type of workout torches
major calories while engaging multiple muscle groups at once, for
some superpower sculpting.
- Eat better. Make your dinner “lean, clean and
green.” Do the obvious: avoid fake sugar, low fat or
traditional diet foods. What??!! Yes, avoid the “diet
foods” as they have zero nutritional value. You want your
skin glowing, and muscles to be tone…that comes from sweating and
good fats, like avocado. fill your plate with delicious,
nutrient-dense superfoods. Focus on enjoying your favorite greens —
we love kale, spinach and Brussels sprouts — along with a serving
of lean protein like chicken, salmon or tempeh.
- Remember: Smile! It is one of the best things you can do, and
offers both life enriching beauty, confidence and the physical act
of smiling is really great for your entire body! Few people
would argue that smiling is bad for you, but new research is
showing just how many ways smiling is beneficial to your career and
well-being. We know smiling can greatly improve your
mood and reduce stress. Even better, your smile doesn’t
have to be real, so you can fake it and still
get the same results. Smiling doesn’t just benefit you on the
inside. It also works to your advantage from the
outside. A study from Penn State
University found that people who smile appear to be more
likeable, courteous. and even competent. This is reason enough to
smile at every person you potentially want to do business with.
Lifting those facial muscles into a smile is also contagious; if
you smile and they smile, everyone in the room becomes a little
happier. Researchers at Uppsala University in
Sweden concluded that frowning when looking at someone
smiling is possible, but would be very difficult.
Scientifically speaking, smiling more is a great thing for your
life. It doesn’t cost you anything to do it and you can actually
fake it and get the same big results. Your career might even take a
turn for the better as productivity increases, your attention span
and cognitive abilities are improved, and you exude competence
everywhere you go. With all of the benefits above, who wouldn’t
want to start smiling more? There’s magic in your smile…and
each time you do so, you throw a little fee-good party in your
brain, and throughout your body.
Who wouldn’t want these benefits?
Keep up with your spring training, treat your body with the
right nutrition, right skin care, and the right smile, but remind
yourself it’s OK not to be perfect.
With a nod to a very funny man, and sadness at his recent
passing, Don Rickles, the King of Insult Comedy, says:
"You know, every night when I go out on stage, there's
always one nagging fear in the back of my mind. I'm always afraid
that somewhere out there, there is one person in the audience that
I'm not going to offend!"
I mean no offense, and hope you all have a great spring, summer
and are all getting better, as we get older.