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Exercises and Practices For Mind and Body Health After 50+

Exercises and Practices For Mind and Body Health After 50+

So, what is a good meditator? The one who meditates. – Allan Lokos

Are you struggling with your mind and body health? Today’s blog is dedicated to meditation, Tai chi, walking, yoga, and much more. Because of COVID-19, and the not-good things happening in the world right now, I thought we could all use a little bit of ZEN for our mind and body!

Now, the secret to having a sharp mind and a healthy body after 50 not only lies in self-care and healthy eating but also in how we destress and settle our minds.

The quote, “So, what is a good meditator? The one who meditates”, is perfect because it is so true, my sweet reader. All we have to do is start and then by practicing, we are doing it. How amazing!

So, here goes nothing… a list of great mind and body practices to help us live our best lives.

Meditation

Meditation is defined via Wikipedia as “a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.”

Practiced for over 5,000 years for good reason, meditation provides many health benefits. It improves physical health as well as mental health by reducing stress and calming the often-overactive mind and body. It’s even said to have anti-aging benefits because of its links to the destressing of the body.

It can be practiced anywhere and at any time. There are so many variations of meditation that I encourage you to try many different methods until you find the one that is right for you. This may include going to a group meditation or using a guided meditation on YouTube or iTunes. One of my favorite practitioners on YouTube is Michael Sealey, who has many guided meditations on several different topics. They are wonderful.

You will be amazed at what a simple five-minute daily meditation can do for your health. I guarantee you will feel calmer, happier, and maybe even a little younger. Especially after you practice regularly.

Discover more meditation methods HERE.

Tai Chi

Have you heard of Tai chi? I’m sure that at some point on your morning walk, you’ve seen a group of men and women doing some gentle moves in the park together. It may even look like you’re watching a slow-motion Jackie Chan movie, but, that is Tai chi!

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.”

Tai chi has been proven to help relieve stress and ease the body of tension. It is a very gentle exercise for both the body and the mind, which is why it is popular among people over the age of 50.

If you’re interested in learning the art of Tai Chi, here is a great video for beginners. Click, HERE.

Walking

Walking is wonderful for the body, mind, and soul. It is the simplest form of exercise, but also one of the most effective. As well, walking can also serve as an exercise in meditation. The repetitive motion of walking can put your mind and body into a meditative state. This promotes healing and relaxation. Walking also promotes:

  1. Improved circulation
  2. Stronger bones
  3. Longer life
  4. Lightened mood
  5. Weight loss
  6. Strong muscles
  7. Improved sleep
  8. Stronger joints
  9. Improved lungs
  10. A stronger and healthier mind

Enjoy a great at-home walking exercise, HERE.

Stretching

Sometimes when I think of stretching, I cringe! For something so simple, I know it can often feel like a chore, especially if your body hurts. However, there are so many benefits to stretching beyond simply feeling better and more limber afterward.

Did you know that after 50 we can lose up to 50% of our flexibility? I had no idea until I did some research and I was shocked. I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to get up and do some stretching right now! Not only will we feel great, but stretching also increases joint and muscle mobility while helping us maintain flexibility. This will be helpful as we age, especially if we keep our hip flexors mobile. This means we’ll be able to maintain a long stride and a healthy lower back as well.

Lastly, stretching can be great for the mind when we make it a meditation. Create a routine and do it once or twice a day. Remember to take deep breaths and clear your mind as you stretch. Breathe through the pain and let it become a way to destress and maintain harmony between your mind and body. Let stretching be a joy.

Try a great stretching routine HERE.

Yoga

Yoga has many benefits for a body over 50. Like stretching, it increases joint and muscle mobility. However, that is not where yoga ends!

Dating back to 3000 BC, yoga is said to have been created as a way to achieve harmony between the heart and the soul. Many claim that it is a way to enlightenment. Through poses, a practitioner can attain a wealth of benefits including flexibility, physical strength, and more.

For bodies over 50, yoga can reduce hypertension caused by stress, eliminate dependency on medication for high blood pressure, calm the nervous system, and help with chronic issues like arthritis and osteoporosis.

I don’t know about you, but the benefits seem endless to me! I often enjoy waking up and practicing yoga as a way to stretch my body after a restful night’s sleep or even using yoga as a means to calm my mind at the end of the day. Yoga can also be taken in classes (now online), which can be an excellent way to simultaneously combat loneliness by meeting new people.

Find a great source for starting yoga after 50+ HERE.

Journaling

Lastly, I want to discuss journaling. In the past, I wrote a blog titled My Romance with Journaling. I discuss how I’ve used journaling as a way to tell my life through stories–how I’ve used it as a source to express my feelings and uncover the mysteries of my life.

Journaling is also a beautiful way to meditate in its own right. I find the strokes of a pen on paper and my fingers on the keyboard very zen and calming. It’s a way to expel my mind of thoughts, regardless of the topic, memory, or emotion. Journaling is so very important for the heart and the mind. If you take just ten minutes in the morning or evening to journal, I know your mind will thank you for it.

How do you keep your mind and body healthy? I want to know all about your calming habits in the comments at the bottom of the page. I look forward to hearing from you!

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