Moving is good enough to keep out of trouble. But if you want to stay healthy and vibrant and make energy galore, you want to build muscle. Balance is key, and weightlifting, as well as aerobic exercise, is important.
Switching it up and not doing exercises that will hurt you is crucial. The older you get the less you can afford to get hurt. Warm up slowly, and then when your muscles are warm and ready, push only to the point where you feel “healthy sore.”
I know it’s hard to get up and exercise every day, but if you get on the treadmill or elliptical every day for 15 minutes, and then work out with weights under supervision or follow a serious video that is not crazy or over the top three times a week, you will see amazing results.
Unless you sleep seven to eight hours a night, you will get old, sick, and lose your energy. So put sleep on the “most wanted” list and keep it there.
If you can’t sleep, don’t take sleeping pills. Instead, get your hormones balanced. It usually does the trick.
Also, take supplements like calcium, magnesium, and zinc, and see how you feel in the morning. If you really cannot sleep, then do take something like Valium, Xanax, or Klonopin, which your doctor can prescribe.
Use it sparingly, and only if you wake up in the middle of the night or if you can’t fall asleep at the beginning of the night. Go to sleep early and wake up early.
Make sleep sacred and do not suffer with a snoring partner or a room that is too cluttered. You always can have sex and then say goodnight and sleep in a different room.
It’s not a sign of a failing marriage. It may be a savior for your health and marriage.
Posts by Erika Schwartz, M.D
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