Get Moving! – Self Care Matters

I was on a long road trip this past weekend and delved into a few podcasts, all but one related to fitness as it pertains to the health, development, and symptomatology (physical manifestations, presentations in the academic setting, social interactions, problem behaviors etc.) of various disabilities (including autism, down syndrome, and ADHD.) What I heard, however, was relevant to all human beings as a species – much of it covered material I have always taken as “common sense” (likely a product of an athletic upbringing), but some of it was also a little bit alarming.

According to studies, a wholly sedentary life can be more detrimental to our health long-term than smoking. Uh…YIKES. As I am neither a clinician nor a doctor, I’ll leave the research review of studies and articles (such as this one) to you. One way or the other, though, inactivity is bad news.

While I know some people who’d argue a few minutes out of a lifetime isn’t a big deal, I’m willing to bet there have been moments in all of our lives during which we’d have done anything to gain more time. It can be a frightening prospect when put into that kind of perspective – we are (like it or not) a fragile and fleeting species.

The discussions in the podcasts revolved around how we can engage those that have deficits in joint attention, physical challenges, and slower cognitive processes, as well as those who aren’t particularly interested in the activities to begin with. Again, the concepts were ones we all would do well to live by, particularly that last one.

We have one body this go around and it’s important that we take care of it as if it was as sacred to us as whatever else in our lives we cherish (YES, you DO deserve that kind of love and care from yourself.)

This photo crossed my path the other day and I found it, too, to be both jarring and sad.

I was recently chatting with a 93 year-old friend about aging well – meaning mind, body, and spirit. We were out on the ice – both of us skating – and were nodding our heads that many people resign themselves to a false fate. What do I mean by that? I mean that some people think “active” and “healthy” are reserved for 20-somethings or younger.

B U L L S H I T ! Here’s my buddy George proving everyone wrong by zooming around the ice with me…

As we get older, some change is inevitable – we might need longer recovery, we might need an extra rest day, we might need to tweak our nutrition to suit what our body and minds need with each passing year…but that doesn’t mean we can’t stay healthy overall. 

I always believed in maintenance because a spiral that has delved into the depths is harder to come back from – that goes for every aspect of our being (emotional, spiritual, physical, you name it!)

Goals don’t have to be unrealistic (nor should they be!) – we DON’T have to compete with anyone, let alone a professional athlete, a model, a celebrity, a Roman statue, a meme…! 

There’s also no need to set ourselves up for failure by trying to attain what doesn’t make sense. Not everyone wants to be overly muscular, or necessarily “thin”… It’s about striving for a healthy, fit, and / or active life, which is – YES – more than achievable. Remember, our “healthy” may look differently than our neighbor…but we always know, deep down, if we have attained that. Or not.

When we try to take steps each day to love the one vessel we have been given, we are able to stay in control of what we CAN do…rather than deal with what we can’t because we decided we were too much effort. 

You ARE worth the effort, 1,000%. 

And…you can do anything you put your mind to. Beyond that, treating ourselves with the respect we deserve in order to live and enjoy a healthy life means we may buy ourselves some precious moments that one day we will thank the stars we have to spend.

 

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ZERO Talent

Not much has to be said about this list. . . It’s straightforward, and shoots down all those flimsy, zero-merit excuses.

You don’t NEED any talent to put in hard work.  You don’t have to be top of your class to go the extra mile, or to show others you are interested in what they are saying.  And you don’t need some magical aptitude to arrive on time, or to have a positive, upbeat attitude…

It doesn’t take something being handed to you either.  Even if some require a little extra attention and work, these resources are available to every human being on the planet. Period. 

 

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L’oreal True Match Genius Foundation

I was terribly excited to see a new L’Oreal Foundation (True Match Genius) as I am ALWAYS on the lookout for new products, formulas and innovations.  You can buy it on Boots (which does make me a wee bit jealous – shipping to USA…and not yet in the USA!)

L’Oreal True Match Genius is touted as a “smart-make-up” that’s formulated to “smooth, unify, correct and finish your skin tone” by way of a combination priming gel, creamy base, and mineral pigments.

The six shades include:

  • Linen 
  • Gold Beige
  • Rose Beige 
  • Beige  
  • Sand 
  • Rose Vanilla

Huge thanks to Reallyree for sharing additional images and swatches!  (She has some before and afters too, so check it out!)

It looks like it gave her a gorgeous glow, and what I love most about it?  Yep…it’s portable!  I’m a big fan of compacts because they can be tossed in a gym bag, purse, car…wherever!…for quick and easy touchups.  For me, that’s a big selling point. Always!  It won’t spill and it’s easy to apply.  Long-wear is another key component for me – I didn’t see that here, but maybe more reviews will tell!