A few weeks ago, the bug of procrastination bit me and I skipped my brisk evening walk. That day changed to the next and the next one. I used every excuse I could, from ‘it is raining’ to ‘I am so tired’ and ‘I will start tomorrow’, in the following days and before I realized it, a few weeks had passed with me skipping my everyday brisk walk.
The realization brought guilt with it and I finally did go for a walk only to find myself huffing and puffing within 10 minutes of starting it. My lack of strength shocked me and made me notice that those weeks of slacking off had made my stamina come down drastically. All those late nights spent binge-watching shows, midnight snacking, lack of exercise and proper sleep had wiped away all the effort I had put in the last year.
I began to think back on my previous efforts and all the things I had done in the past to ensure that my body retains muscle strength and immunity as I age.
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I have realized after taking the test and my slacking off that the key to getting results from exercising is consistency. Exercise has to become part of your life. I understood that lazing off meant taking a break and the break turned out to be longer than I had imagined it would be. This slacking off showed me how I had lost the stamina I had built up by exercising regularly. I have gone back to exercising regularly and recognized that maintaining consistency is the key. Regular exercise means a stronger me.
Eating right: A regular intake of home-cooked food, hand-in-hand with exercise ensures that you are stronger, fitter, have strong immunity, and retain muscle mass. A healthy, well-balanced diet gives you the nutrients that you need. However, as we grow older, we may also need additional supplements along with our diet of nutritious food. My doctor started me on Ensure last year. Ensure is complete, balanced nutrition for adults. It contains 32 high protein nutrients that support strength, immunity, and energy. One mug of Ensure a day and I can feel my strength, energy, and stamina improving by the day.
Sleep: Most people are very particular about what they eat and exercise regularly. However, a good, solid sleep cycle is one of the most underrated aspects of being strong and healthy and towards developing immunity as we grow older. Good sleep not only refreshes you but it is the time when muscles repair themselves and regenerate cells. Sleep provides essential support to our immune system. Having a fixed time to go to bed and waking up make sure that I wake up refreshed and I am ready to face the day.
Hydrate: Drinking water helps carry oxygen to the body cells which results in the smooth functioning of our systems. A regular intake of water also helps flush out toxins from the body helping the immune system to strengthen. An added benefit for better skin.
Growing older should not mean slowing down. It should mean living life just as you want to, if not better. With Ensure, I #EnsureStrongerInsideOut. Have you tried Ensure too?
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