I had not planned to make any new years resolutions this year. I quite like the idea of ‘living in the moment’ and don’t want to make too many resolutions that often lead to a feeling of disappointment after not achieving them. But after reading many resolution posts and doing some reflecting of my own, I thought it would still be nice to strive for a few good habits this year. I actually feel that these would apply to most women over 40, so here is my list of resolutions I feel most women over 40 should strive for .
1. Do more strength exercizes
This is often mentioned as one of the most important things you can do to avoid being weaker in older age and as the prevention of osteoporosis. This will be one of the most difficult things to accomplish as I simply detest doing boring exercizes in the gym. But I feel that this is an important thing to do to maintain my health. My plan it to get a personal trainer to get me started. I simply cannot do this on my own.
2. Do weekly yoga
I actually made this one of my ‘official resolutions’ this year (my husband wrote it down). Yoga calms and relaxes me but it is also incredibly important to maintain flexibility and to avoid any types of injuries. I used to do yoga on a regular basis but have fallen off the wagon. I must find a way to get back on track this year and it would be nice if I can manage to add a yoga or detox retreat somewhere during the year as well.
3. Eat less and more healthy
it has been proven that colorie restriction can prelong life. Although I do not aim to get very old, I do believe that we need to eat less as we age. Maintaining a healthy weight will make you feel happier and healthier in many ways. In my recent holiday I have also encountered several people who have developed diabetes, a disease which is often caused by too much sugar intake. So better to avoid this from happening by starting early with a healthy diet. If you find this one particularly difficult, then start with small steps. My main vice are sweets, chocolate and biscuits, so I will be aiming to replace them more often with healthier options.
4. Make time for friends
I read somewhere the other day that as we get older we tend to spent less time with friends. Our jobs, children and other commitments keep us too busy. But meeting face to face with friends on a regular basis actually contributes greatly to our happiness and when we are happy, we look and feel better as well. So it’s important to schedule enough ‘friend time’ this year.
5. Cut the frumpiness
Many women over 40, including myself, don’t always take the time to dress properly or put some effort into their daily clothing. Yet, there is clear evidence that when you make an effort with your clothing, you don’t only look better, you will so much better as well. I’m going to try to make even more of an effort, get clearer on my style, shop smarter, as well as encourage you all on this blog to be creative and daring with your clothes. Look good, feel good!
6. Add more color
I have mentioned this before on this website, but I am more determined than ever to really put on the colors this year. I was shocked to see on my trip to Europe that the streets are just full of dark grey, black and brown, making the streets look very bleak indeed. So I will feature more articles on color and will aim to add it more into my wardrobe as well.
7. Do something you are passionate about
This has many benefits. Studies have shown that having either a job or a hobby that you are passionate about, keeps you younger and more alert. It also helps to make you happier and more motivated in everything you do. My passion project is this website and I’m hoping to grow it and make it better this year. Hopefully creating an even bigger community of passionate over 40 women in the process!
8. Do something that scares you every day
This one is all about challenging yourself. I’m actually scared of many things, like making a phone call to a prospect, pitching a new idea or exposing myself like I often do on this blog. But if you get too comfortable in your job or with every day life, you are not actually growing as a person. I find this one quite challenging but I’m aiming to step out of my comfort zone more often and become braver.
9. Do the right thing for your health
For some of you that may mean to stop smoking or to reduce alcohol intake. For me it means reducing the sugar intake, doing more exercize and making some overdue health appointments. Getting older can be very worthwhile when you’re healthy and tedious when you have constant health complaints. The best way to avoid those is doing the right things right now.
10. Have more Fun
Despite all the above, this is actually one of the most important things. I know this was on my list of last year and I’m not sure I fully succeeded. I like to sing, dance, do sports, go out and I should really be adding more of that this year!
Do you have any resolutions for this year? Or are there some habits you want to change?