Having a job may keep Baby Boomers ticking

The large number of Baby Boomers entering retirement age this year certainly adds stress to the already-dwindling Medicare benefits and Social Security funds available to our country. On top of that stress is the fact that companies are downsizing and handing out severance packages to employees or are forcing others to retire. Whatever the case may be, if you are a Baby Boomer who still needs to work or who still wants to work, you are not alone. There are many other individuals in the Baby Boomer population who continue working well past retirement age too.

What are the reasons why a Baby Boomer would actually want to keep working past retirement? Some reasons may include truly enjoying their job, such as a die-hard gardener who works in a greenhouse well into her 80s. Another reason may be because the pay is just that good: They may be the CEO of their own family business. Others may continue working because they would otherwise be completely bored at home. And, at any rate, we are simply living longer than what our forerunners did 60 years ago. Regardless of the reason, working past your supposed retirement age may just be what is helping you to stay ticking.

When you face the mental and physical demands of your full or part time job, you are constantly working on your alertness and strength. If you maintain proper nutrition and exercise often, more than likely you will have more energy and will be better suited to continue working in your current job. And, it can also help to improve your chances of landing a new job if you decided to retire from another occupation in the past.

If you’re in better shape, you will most likely live longer and may not need to rely upon all of those Medicare benefits anyway. To help keep the Social Security funds in better check now, the government is currently looking at pushing the eligible retirement age further and further out from age 65. This may or may not be beneficial to all Baby Boomers, but if you start leading a healthy and fit life now, it may serve you well. In fact, you may indirectly help to stretch the fund out for many more years which, in the long run, would benefit everyone in the Baby Boomer population and possibly beyond. Therefore, keep exercising and eating right if you want to continue working for as long as you need to or want to.

The Only Key to Successful and Long-Term Weight Loss

The Only Key to Successful and Long-Term Weight LossIt’s true!  There really is only one way to lose weight if you want to keep it off for life.  It’s lifestyle change!

Now, you might be saying to yourself, “Ouch! I really don’t know if I’m up for a total lifestyle change to lose my weight.”  If that sounds like you, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I want to lose weight as a short term thing, or do I really want to keep it off for life?
  • What does it mean for me to not be carrying the excess weight?
  • Am I willing to do whatever it takes to feel better about myself?
  • Are the health benefits I will receive from weight loss really worth it?
  • Do I want to live to a ripe old age and have a good time doing so?

There are so many benefits to losing weight, and you will feel 100% if you do it!

So many people know this, yet throw their money at and pin all their hopes on fad diets, crazy workout routines, exercise equipment promising to make it easier and insane weight loss pills and shakes.  As a personal trainer, I know these people are chasing their tails and getting nowhere!

To lose weight for life, you need to change your lifestyle – there’s no other way!  A healthy weight is reflective of a healthy lifestyle, so start doing these things today:

  • Get active with others and have fun: By doing this with others, we’re going to have more fun and we’ll do it more often.  You’ll help your body burn fat and stay trim in the process!
  • Do the sort of exercise you like:  Fun activities like walking, jogging, kicking a soccer ball, swimming or inline skating – it’s up to you!  Do whatever you like with the intention of having fun, because you’ll do it more often if you’re having fun!
  • Drink plenty of water:  Your body craves it, and it’s your body that burns the fat for you and keeps you trim!  Water helps the body do this – and you will feel full for it.
  • Eat frequent, smaller meals:  Do this 5-6 times each day and help your metabolism, which burns all the energy you consume.
  • Enjoy your food:  Sit at the table with others when you eat.  You’ll be aware of that full feeling as soon as it hits.
  • Eat proteins first:  In other words, eat the meat and eggs – all that good stuff – first.  You’ll feel fuller, sooner.  And you’ll eat less.
  • Include vegetables in every meal:  They’re full of essential nutrients, vitamins and fiber – and they fill you without the calories!
  • Include wholegrains in your diet:  If you eat bread, make it grain bread.  Try to include rolled oats in your breakfast as well.  Wholegrains are full of nutrients and fiber as well, so you’ll stay regular and feel full.

It really isn’t that hard once you get into it.  Sure, change can be a little painful at first, but is the perceived pain of changing your lifestyle to that of a healthier one worth the pleasure you will get out of looking and feeling absolutely fabulous?  The pleasure outweighs the pain!

It takes 30 days to replace old habits with new, so start implementing the things I mentioned above and do it today!  You WILL feel much better for it, and 30 days isn’t really that long at all!