What Are You Focusing On?

rosesWhat are you focusing on? In today’s world it is easy to get caught up in the negative things that are happening around us. Watch any news channel and you’ll hear a smorgasbord of stories about murder, war, famine, and everything in between. Television shows are often violent, and can leave you sad, anxious, and more worried about the current problems you’re experiencing.

I read an article this morning that features tips about focusing on more positive things. Two of these tips really stood out and I’d like to share those with you.

Reading positive and inspiring books not only teach you something new, but also requires that you sit and focus while you are reading. What a win-win situation!

Waking up early allows you to prepare for your day without feeling rushed. You have extra time to pray, meditate, or read something inspirational. It may be hard to get in the habit of waking up early, but it is well worth it, and as an added bonus you get a head start on the rest of the world.

What are you focusing on? By following these tips, you’ll not only improve your mood, but you’ll also be more energetic and ready to face the day.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Exercise

elderly woman exercisingLadies, remember when you were active in your 20’s and could eat that extra large piece of birthday cake without gaining weight? As you hit the 40’s and 50’s, you may not be as active, your metabolism slows down, and the pounds can add up. Regular exercise can keep your metabolism burning efficiently, but high-impact exercises that involve running, step aerobics, or cardio dancing can result in injuries to the hip, knee, and ankle joints, as well as the spine.

Here are the do’s and don’ts of exercise for midlife women:

Stretch First

You need to get your muscles loosened up, so stretching first is essential. Walk for 5 minutes on a treadmill or do some gentle yoga or Pilate stretches.

Start Slowly

If you haven’t been exercising regularly, the key is to start out slowly. Do things you enjoy such as water aerobics, gardening, walking, cycling or swimming. If you prefer exercising in a group setting, check your local gym for fitness classes. Your goal is to get your heart pumping, but not run out of breath. Once you are in the routine of exercising regularly, you can add weight or resistance training using weight machines or resistance bands.

Warning Signs

You should know your body signs and stop exercising immediately if you experience pain or are having trouble breathing. If you have osteoporosis, avoid balance exercises that might lead to a fall, and toe touches and sit-ups that put too much pressure on the spine.