Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Staying Fit Through Your 50s

Staying fit through our 50s I suppose is easier to preach, but when it comes to putting it into perspective, we can fail. I know. I am with all of you ladies who are agreeing. Tell me about it. Not only we have aged, our literally every part of our body has aged with us as well. I suppose ageing is part and parcel of life, no doubt about it, I don't think we can bounce back our body to how it used to be when we were younger. Admittedly, the reality bullet of life does bite into our shape and size, and for ladies like me who have gone through childbirth and motherhood, additionally, the years of managing our career and home affairs, trust me, the practically of behind our doors life does take a toll on our body and looks too. Unless of course if you are a lady of leisure. Money, time or being married to someone who glorifies the ground you walk lets accept will have an impact of staying fit through our 50s. Therefore we shouldn't get carried away with the young memes, or supermodels or rich and famous ladies who flaunt their body and shape on social media. I for once don't fall for such people because I am another ordinary and average woman like most of you. 

Nevertheless, all is not the end of the road. We, in our our ways can still stay fit by being practical and logical. For me personally, I admit I struggle with keeping fit. Despite the number of push-ups I do daily, let alone I am definitely not a couch potato, staying fit after hitting the big 5 is not as simple as perceived. Yet, I am still trying. If I can't be a perfect fit super duper fit woman, at least maintaining my weight will sincerely I know can get me to being internally and externally happy. My staying fit through my 50s tips or you can even call it clues I reckon are achievable albeit I am not trained, neither would I claim I am the staying fit guru. 

Knowing Yourself
Easier said than done I suppose? Don't you agree? I reckon so. Many of us think we know ourselves better. Maybe yes, maybe no, have you in your slightest moment dug deep down into your inner self on what should your ideal shape be? Its really simple if you are asking me. To know yourself is to take inventory of your shape. Stripe. Yes I mean it. Stripe and stare at yourself in a full complete mirror. How do you feel? Can you accept your shape and size? For those of you who can, you are doing fine, but for the rest, I think its not the end of the world. I know its rather impossible to achieve that skinny scrawny runaway model weight. Those models trust me, they have to. Otherwise, they will be out of business. We on the other hand, lets remain practically, yet work on staying fit (Sarong Style). 

What? Diet? Oh-no. Dieting is a bad word in my vocabulary. Dieting is such a torture, dieting is really harsh on yourself and dieting means giving up your favorite food. In the long run, dieting will drain your energy, you will start hating yourself and your temper will fly because food is love, food is happiness and food is the joy to the mind and soul. Trust me, no matter what, I can’t give up on fat loaded roasted pork and chicken wings. So, forget about dieting and eat sense sensibly. Without a doubt, will power is the answer, whereas gawking without caring about what is going into your mouth will lead you to the fat road. 

Eating Habits
Eating is a must whereas starving is madness. We have to eat for fuelling energy, for nourishing our body and because everything is literally associated with food, we can't possibly avoid eating. I know, you know and the whole world knows that it is difficult to shun away from food. Still, we can cultivated healthy eating habits. Cut down on the portion, if you eat a full plate of rice, how about 1/2 the next time? How about also eating smaller meals more regularly instead of three big fat meals for the day. Basically, more smaller meals is the key. 

The other known mantra of course is to include more vegetables and lean meat and snacking on fruits is healthier compared to packets and packets of fried snacks. Snacking, mind you, is disastrous compared to your regular meals. Nevertheless, stop killing yourself. You can, of course, have a few pieces of potato chips or a small portion of ice cream, dessert, pisang goreng and half a bar of the small bar of dark chocolate will not load up fats on your butt, tummy or hips. But if you still insist on stocking your drawer at work with snacks, go ahead. Why should I bother? 

Exercising is not necessarily about signing up for every other marathon or running around aimlessly in your neighbourhood to flaunt your sexy shorts and tight t-shirt. Rather, exercise is about flexing your muscles and sweating, maybe 20 minutes a day is a big achievement. Parking a little further and walking or taking the stair case will do good but watch the surrounding because our crime rate is beyond control. Perhaps you should as well consider gardening, whereas house work, unless you scrub your bathroom or mop the floor daily, sorry to say, you will remain the same shape and size for the rest of your life. Joining a gym sounds fantastic but maintaining the enthusiasm is the other question. Maybe qigong or taichi I foresee is a better option though usually you will be surrounded by older people like me but we are happier and we don't depend on our children for money. 

Consequently. brisk walking at parks sounds great as well, again, please be careful because crime is paying nowadays. Another cheap option will be dancing gloriously at home while enjoying Tamil songs instead of getting emotional. And if you travel often, you should actually loose or at least maintain your weight. Sightseeing as far as I know is about walking from one end to the other and from one place to other. But please, that does not mean you can eat like a pig or if your holidays are mostly the pampering ones whereby you eat, sleep and don't pray, I have nothing further to say. Dang!  
Water is always-forever hailed as the goddess of health. Water flushes out toxin and does fill up our appetite but you can’t survive on water only. You must eat. Plain water is of course superior though sometimes we like a little taste in it. So, a squash of lemon with honey will do good for the biggest glass for cleansing not only your body, but mind and soul. Carbonated drinks are definitely a big flip-flop whereas coffee with moderate amount of sugar and milk will not hurt.

Unlike some women who hide and topple themselves, I admit I absolutely love tipsiness. Nevertheless, gone are the alcoholic days for sobbing, or screaming loudly. Wine is utterly a better choice compared to beer which presumably will be reason why people ask us if we are pregnant. Let me tell you this if you don't know. Certainly, moderate drinking, once a week over a glass or two glasses of wine is not sinful to our shape and size.   

I am aware that age is just a number, nevertheless, things will never be the same once age catches up. We do slow down, we can't hide tiredness and pain here and there is part of ageing even if you swallow the best most expensive health supplements. With age,we also tend to put on weight because our metabolism rate, sorry to say, can fail us. That's why, staying fit is rather challenging as each year passes by. Still,  let's not find hundred and one excuses for damaging our shape and size. Being active instead of slouching in front of the tv for watching dramas or gossiping non-stop on the phone or staying tune on social media 24 hours, will not, mark my words, keep you fit.      

Social Media
Oh, I have already given a gist on social media earlier, let me now get down to the full force of it. For once, I think you should stop envying or believing everything you see and read on shape and size. Yes, I am referring to social media news and sharing. Wake up people. Beauty apps is doing wonders to shape and size, lets not kid ourselves. Its certainly a disillusioned social media world, I hope you don't fall for the trap of it. Why awe at celebrities bootylicous? Look, they have money and with money, anything is possible for pumping shape and size or whatever up and down, whereas for us, as I have already given the clues/tips, its the simplest form.

Having said all of that, please do understand that nava-k's tips/clues are merely a guide. To stay in shape, honestly, I know is not an easy feat. Never mind if we don’t achieve the perfect shape but at least we cultivate healthy eating habits and stay active. Eventually, without realising, you would have shed a couple of kilos and that must be applauded. Get going. Shape up or be happy the way you are. 
Until then, take care ladies!


  1. Loosing weight is a lifestyle change and needs to be followed forever.. My life changed in 2010 after I got hypothyroid.. life has only bn miserable since then bcoz of weight gain n all the symptoms.. I am lazy bt only exercising doesnt work fr us unless proper medication is taken.. so i hv lost n gained again bt at the end of the day i dnt stress abt it and i know what i eat and control where necessary.. Life can be cruel to some in terms of weight..I hope I loose some weight in future fr my health sake

  2. u look so good in indian wear
    keep in touch

  3. Interesting read.These days my one of the priority is to get back to shape.Although I could reach my pre-pregnancy weight,I lost the shape and there is a tummy that I hate :)

  4. Some amazing tips, Nava... I am one of those whose weight just refuses to move away from me, at the same time though I control my food intake, I hog the very next moment and everything goes for a toss! Hehe...

  5. Great and practical tips. Stay in shape.

  6. Nava, you certainly are a charming lady especially in that fushia maxi! Totally agree that we've to stay in shape to fit into those beautiful dresses in the window displays. Hahaha! xoxo

  7. Nice post Nava, luv the click with green saree!

  8. Love the post, Exercise and a healthy diet is a must for a slim and fit body.

  9. That's a lovely post dear...You look fab specially in the last pic..

  10. Be happy,stay in shape,the blogging world needs you!

  11. You look beautifully fit and healthy!

  12. Nava this si a very thoughtfully written post and i loved your efforts :) i agree with your points..

  13. You have achieved great shape... I am about start my perfect diet and weight loosing exercise..

  14. So cantik. And I love your real real casual pic complete with duster and ladder ;) so cute


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