My Health and Fitness Routine—How I Stay in Shape at Fifty

Working in the beauty industry, I’ve always understood that beauty is more than skin deep. When you feel your best, you look your best. In this post, I thought I’d share some of the things I do to stay healthy, happy, and in shape. Now more than ever, I think it’s important for us to focus on taking good care of both our physical and mental health.

How I Stay Healthy, Happy, and in Shape

From workouts and diet to lifestyle, here are some of the things I do on a regular basis to stay looking and feeling my best.

My workouts are…

Varied, just like my skincare routine. I’ve always alternated different serums at night so my skin can get multiple benefits. I apply the same philosophy to my workouts by changing it up daily. Some of my go-to’s are sprint interval runs outside (up and down for 20 mins on a hill near my house), weightlifting, spin classes, bicycle riding, swimming, battle rope classes, and hiking. I’ll always work out outdoors when given the opportunity (doused in sunscreen, of course!).

My no-excuse workout when I travel…

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My favorite place to hike in Austin…

Is River Place Nature Trail. It’s ninety minutes up and down with 1,800 feet of elevation, so it’s a great cardio workout in the woods. When I was training to hike the Grand Canyon a few years back, this trail did the trick.

I’ve really been missing hiking since COVID started. I think it’s what I’m most looking forward to post-quarantine!

My workouts during COVID…

Have really been a boost for mental health. Prior to all this, I was often on a plane one to two times a week. Biking This meant my workout routine would sometimes fall by the wayside. The bright side of quarantine has been that I’ve been able to get in a lot of exercise and up my workout game. I actually feel like I’m in the best shape I’ve been in in a long time, and it’s a huge stress reliever to boot.

Right now, I’ll often work out twice a day. I like to start with a twenty-mile bike ride in the early morning when it’s not too hot yet—there’s a quiet bike path near my house that’s perfect for this. In the afternoon, I do an at-home workout that includes squats, push-ups, and bands for a full-body workout. This helps build muscle strength after all that cardio.

My favorite way to relax…

Is to go for a swim in Barton Springs in Austin or paddleboard on Lady Bird Lake downtown. Water is therapy for me. I’m sure I was a mermaid in my previous life! 

When I’m feeling bloated, I will…

Do a forty-minute infrared sauna sweat session. My grandparents were Finnish and they built my family a traditional sauna, so my childhood was spent bathing in there at our summer cabin. What can I say, a good sweat is definitely in my DNA.

My favorite quarantine activity…

Has been sitting out on my patio. I had it re-done with all new furniture right before the pandemic started, so spending time out there has been a nice way to get fresh air. I like to take my laptop outside with me to work. I find it so incredibly relaxing.

A supplement I’ve been taking…

I’ve been trying to take extra good care of my health lately to maintain a strong immune system, so I’ve upped my game with this and am taking it consistently. Fun fact, bioflavonoids may also help prevent broken capillaries. My skin is prone to them, so I love this added benefit.

I hope you enjoyed reading a little bit about my health and fitness routine! I really do believe in taking care of myself from the inside out. 

Keep up the great work everyone! Focus on progress, not perfection!

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