Some of our physical changes include:
- Lines and Wrinkles
- Loss of flexibility
- Loss of bone density
- Decrease in hormones
- Decrease in metabolism
- Slowed reaction time
- Disrupted sleep patterns
- Diminished short term memory
- Decreased ability to absorb vitamins, minerals & nutrients
- Decreased muscle tone
- Decreased bladder capacity
- Thinning and drying of the vaginal walls
- Decrease in supply of blood to organs and extremities
These changes can affect how we function in the world. Do you find kneeling in the garden not as comfortable as it used to be? Rising in the morning or from the coach is slower and more difficult? Do you tire more easily? These physical limitations can lead to isolation, stress, feelings of depression, loss or confusion.
Masking the grief that is sometimes associated with aging can lead to alcoholism or other addictive behaviors.
Our overall health is tied to both our emotional and our physical well being. If any of these symptoms resonate with you, I encourage you to begin making changes to your diet and engage an exercise routine that takes into account the changes of your aging body. Accepting and becoming comfortable with your body is the first step in restoring lost vitality and self-esteem.
Physical activity can be added to anyone’s list of healthy ways to deal with stress.
Here’s to you being healthy, happy, lean and fit!