Keeping a Youthful Body

We all want to be in shape, mostly when we are young and our main goal is to attract a suitable mate. We shondwant to put out best face forward. So we get the best clothes and put on make up, we feel pretty. It is easy when we are young, when our hormones are stable, before having children and a mortgage that takes our time and peace of mind.

A toned body is easy to achieve when we are young, our body is fresh and new, we don’t need to worry so much about what we eat or how many crunches we do. But as time goes by things start changing. Our body is not so young and it takes a lot more to keep it in shape. We have children and our hormonal make up changes, gravity is starting to have an effect on our tummy and our minds. It seems like the shapely body goes almost as fast as the pimples, and although we don’t miss the blemishes, we miss the buns of steel.

With time, our priorities start to change, and we consider that we are putting down roots, we are more concerned with making a living and settling down, paying the bills and having a comfortable home. We work hard towards keeping our children healthy and safe.

As our lives evolve and we mature we consider looks as secondary, as something that we used to have and value, but that are not important any more.

We have heard that as we grow old and have children we will get a belly and flabby thighs. We believe that as time goes by our skin will not be as radiant and our hair will loose luster, and we start to believe that it is the way life is. Once we start having an adult life we will not look like a teenager any longer, the hips will get wider and the butt will sag.

Although it doesn’t have to be that way, with all this self-talk we are probably lying to ourselves, convincing ourselves that that is the only way. But in reality, we are just trying to cope with what we have been told that is inevitable. We don’t want to be disappointed, so we just go with the flow. It is permissible for a mother to forgo her looks. But is it really?

For one, we still like to look our best. No matter how old we are or whatever else is going on in our lives, we still have some vanity left on us. It is no so much that looking good is the most important thing in the world, as it used to be when we were younger, but a certain pride in our looks, a drive to appear attractive, for our partner or prospective suitors, if we happen to be single at the time.

Being attractive is not something for when we are 18 and have all the time in the world to fuss about our appearance. In fact, being in shape and attractive is a lot more than cute clothes, makeup and looking good. I believe that being attractive is all about being healthy and happy; whatever size we maybe, a toned body is a healthy body, and that is beautiful.

We should be aware that what makes a body and skin attractive is health. When we have a good muscle tone and glowing skin, we are showing the world that we are healthy. And after all is said and done, that should be our ultimate goal.

Keeping a healthy diet and sensible exercise goes a long way. Through nutrition and a healthy lifestyle we can aspire to better quality of life and possibly a longer time in this world. But it seems that everyday obligations get in our way of getting a vigorous body. Where do we find time to cook healthy meals and go to the gym?

It is really not that easy, but we can do it. It is just a matter of priorities, and understanding why we do it.

Shondreka Palmer will join us this week to give us an insight of how she got her body in shape after her first child. Shondreka is a published author and single mother that have achieved her dream. She is mom and dad to her son, keeps a busy life and still have time to dedicate to her health, making sure that she lives a healthy and long life and has the strength to raise her child properly. She was so successful on her lifestyle change that she decided to write a second book. She shares with all of us her routines and diet, laying out in a simple but thorough manner her exercise and meal plan. Easy to follow and to understand, Shondreka gives us a step by step guide to success.

Please join us this Tuesday at 8 PM PST for tips on keeping a healthy body and a healthy mind


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