Here you see step one of my new health commitment.
I’ve been noticing a lot of aches and pains that seem to have no cause.
For example, I may just be waking up and feel so stiff it actually hurts to move. The other night it was even more extreme, in that the pain of just lying in bed reached a point where it actually woke me up from a sound sleep! Now that’s just too much aches and pains.
I asked around among others who’ve reached my age (51) or beyond if they also noticed an increase of muscle/joint aches with no physical exertion causing them. About a dozen people chimed in to say that yes, they did get random pain more and more as they age.
It’s funny because to look at me you’d think I was in my 30s for sure. And I live a pretty healthy lifestyle.
I walk the dog in nature and do a little gentle yoga every day, and I think eat a pretty healthy diet (maybe a little too much red meat). I have maybe 10 servings of alcohol in a typical month. I don’t smoke and get enough sleep. Take multivitamins and probiotics each day, including naturally fermented foods. Definitely not a stressful life. So on the whole, I think I’m darned healthy.
The Need for a Change
Despite how healthy I’ve thought myself to be, obviously I’m being healthy like a 30 year old, not like a 50 year old.
So I’ve made a commitment to gradually shift my diet towards more greens and less meat.
Also, I’ve followed suggestions from several folks who feel they’ve made a big difference for them and added in some supplements like Krill Oil, CoQ10, Reservatrol, extra B vitamins, and an antioxidant blend that includes Acai, Goji Berry, Mangosteen, Pomegranate, and Elderberry.
On the exercise front, just ordered an elliptical machine, so that as Winter sets in and I walk the dog shorter distances, I can still get enough aerobic exercise. Another friend recommended working out with free weights, which I do happen to have.
I stopped using my weights when I moved cross country because my muscles were so soar from all the packing and unpacking. I didn’t feel like they could handle the extra fatigue of weight lifting. But the pain never went away.
I didn’t use to have nearly as much passive pain. I don’t think my lifestyle was that different before, though the dog walks were probably 5 mins. longer due to the available loops. And I probably did eat more vegetables and less red meat. So yeah, prioritizing addressing those two things foremost.
The supplements though are an experiment. I’m not sure I’ll keep all of it up, but anything that shows results I’m open to continuing with indefinitely.
Have you reached a point in your life where you can tell doing the old things in the old way isn’t quite cutting it healthwise anymore?
If so, what did you do that worked for you?
Please share in the comments.
I’m open to considering different ideas, as I seek to up my health game and prepare now for a pain-free experience of not just my 50s, but even my coming 60s, 70s and more.