10 new years resolutions that would suit many 40+ women

by Sylvia

New year resolutions 2012

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?

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1 Heather Fonseca

Fantastic post! Those are all great goals. I wish I had more time for yoga…

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2 Sylvia

Thanks Heather. I will just have to make it work this year; my body needs it. I only wished I would love it a bit more like some people do. For me it’s still exercize… I have been on a few week long retreats though and loved those!

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3 Suzanne

I do not do resolutions either but last fall my youngest child went off to college and it changed my way of life. I gave up red meat, sugar, and white flour so I plan to stick to that and add more fish and a greater variety of veggies to my diet. My hubby and I joined a gym and he is the leader of our town’s walking program so we walk a lot. On a personal level I want to stop buying too many clothes and buy better quality purses and shoes. I am getting my hair done more often but I want to add facials or a massage to my routine. I am happy with the way I dress but want to wear makeup more often. And I totally agree about having fun – we all need to sing and dance! 🙂

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4 Sylvia

Luckily I have never liked meet, but white flour and sugar is an issue… I can definitely recommend getting a massage regularly. Get a good one though by someone who really knows the muscles and knows what she is doing. I use it regularly to keep my shoulders lose and my lower back in check. I think I should add more makeup too, although I will still keep it very natural.

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5 Nanne

I’m totally into the idea of introducing some good habits into your life instead of having new years’ resolutions. Very inspiring post!

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6 Sylvia

Thanks Nanne. Hope all works out for you in this new year!

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7 Wendy

Lovely post Sylvia … as you read on my blog, I go for the ‘word of the year’ as I found that by the second week on January most resoluations have fallen by the wayside and it’s a good excuse to berate ourselves over it.

I do make goals through the year … but did I also do a little 12 for 2012 (just saw I only put down 11 points).

Hope your year has started off grand

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8 Sylvia

I so like your word of the year (action). It totally sums up what I need to do as well.

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9 Nancy

I’m finally resolving to make my weight goal this year but in small stages so I won’t set myself up for disappointment. As long as I make small and healthy changes, I think I can manage. Hope you have great year.

P.S. Yoga makes me sleepy. 🙂

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10 Sylvia

yes, that is the way to do it. Just start by making a real small change and then build up from that. You should be well on your way with your new cycling routine! Have you tried the more athletic yoga like ashtanga? I would be very surprised if that made you sleepy! I actually wished that some of the yoga classes I attend are a bit ‘softer’. It really depends on the kind of yoga you do…

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11 Suzanne

I wrote a post for this last night but it never showed up. 🙁
I do not really do “resolutions” but my life had many big changes in 2011 and I have been eating healtier (no sugar, white flour, or red meat), have exercised more, am thinking I need to buy fewer clothes and spend more money on quality accessories (I want a chanel bag!), like my wardrobe but want to learn how to wear makeup, and I get my hair done often but want to add facials and/or massages. And I totally think we all need to sing and dance! 🙂 I am so glad I found your blog Sylvia! This is my inspiration for 2012.

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12 Sylvia

Oh I just found your first comment. For some reason the automatic spam checker put it in the spam folder. Not good! I think the sugar is a big thing. Not so much in terms of weight, but I see so many having health problems because of it when they are older. I’m not doing too well so far. Just enjoyed some wonderful biscuits and sweets. My excuse is that I’m still recovering from jet lag. Those will not count next week!

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13 Silvergirl

i do yoga almost everyday
great for strength, balance and total wellness
brett

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14 Sylvia

Great! I wish I could get into that habit. I know how good it is!

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15 Paula

I am anti resolution this year. but I love yours! (I have probably vowed to do all of the at one point or another….)

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16 Sylvia

Thanks Paula. Let’s see how I go with it…

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17 Debbie

Great post! My resolution this year is to try to stop multi-tasking and focus on one thing at a time fully. I am also giving myself a manicure every Sunday night, something I have never bothered with in the past, as a way to force myself to be still for an extended length of time. So far I am good this year, 2 for 2! 🙂

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18 Sylvia

That is a great resolution. It’s so important to focus on one task only and I should do more of that too. What a great original second resolution also and such a great idea for a bit of quiet time!

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19 Zalina

I love your list of resolutions. Mine are very similar. The one that stands out the most is doing yoga on a regular basis. I am a spinning instructor part-time, who does not have any flexibility. Yoga for us ladies in our 40s is VERY important. There is a wonderful inspiring song called Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen by Baz Luhrmann. It’s a very inspirational song that I think everone should hear to help form one’s resolutions. Here is the link on you tube. Happy New Year to all!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQlJ3vOp6nI&feature=related

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20 Sylvia

Well at least you get a lot of cardio exercize. I should put that on my list too, but know for sure that I will not do it, so no point. My plan is to play tennis and run around there. Much more fun. That’s why yoga is so important. Tennis is very prone to injuries, which means no fun and no cardio and more weight! Thanks for the link to the video. That was great!

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