Giving my body a pep talk at 56

Giving my body a pep talk at 56

Why our guest editor, Carol Vorderman, is getting the most out of life with the right food, a great attitude… and just a few good treats!

Why our guest editor, Carol Vorderman, is getting the most out of life with the right food, a great attitude… and just a few good treats!

No matter what you do, you can never take your health for granted. But what I have learned over the years is that being good to my body can be a pleasure, not a chore.

I have never been a fan of counting endless calories, but I know healthy eating makes me feel good both physically and mentally.

I think it’s easy to jump into unrealistic food and exercise regimes that aren’t right for you. So before you weigh your first portion of pasta or chop up your first handful of watercress for the blender, there are a few key ingredients that, if we’re honest with ourselves, we all know are important:

Knowing what’s sensible: going for healthy, balanced options on diet and exercise and understanding what our own personal physical needs and limitations are.

Knowing what we’re aiming for: having a goal – a reason why we’re working out and eating better – and having a positive attitude to our own achievements. There is nothing better than smashing a goal and being able to pat yourself on the back.

Knowing that ‘feel good’ is for life: it shouldn’t be about just a few weeks’ hard work for a massive ‘skinny’ high, only to slump back down to sluggishness. I’m committed to this body for the long haul. After all, it’s the only one I’ve got!

Beyond that, we’re all unique. Personally, I make sure I pack my meals with as much fruit and veg as possible and try not to snack in between meals.

It’s not just about what I eat – of course. It’s what I do and how I do it, too. Being on the go all the time makes life varied and exciting, but in any career it’s easy to let a busy schedule get in the way.

I really try and make the time to work out – whether with my trainer or when I am with the Air Cadets (for which I am an ambassador). It’s important to find something that you enjoy doing. I have definitely made excuses to avoid exercise when it’s been something that doesn’t get me motivated.

I find that little routines work best for me. Making sure I block out the same time every day or week is the only way to clear my diary for that all-important time to work out. It’s my way of basically saying ‘thanks’ to my body.

Importantly, though, we all deserve to cut ourselves a little slack from time to time, we’re only human after all. I like to reward myself with a glass of delicious bubbles or wine. If I’m going to have that treat, I make it the best I can – after all, I’ve earned it!

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Feeling good the older woman

Tracey 16/06/2017

I have started to walk every nigh th and eat healthily and live in the moment. I am still reasonably attractive and have alot to enjoy in life.



carol please give my bod a pep talk too I'm 55 and 4 stone over wieght

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Carol Vorderman

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