Sandwich Generation and Fitness After 40

Sandwich Generation


Sandwich…now that I have your attention…this post is NOT about the best, healthiest or even the tastiest sandwich…this is about men and women between the ages of 40 and 60 who are caring for both their children and their parents. This is the “Sandwich Generation”. According to statistics 1 in 8 mid-life people fall into this category. There are many consequences to living this way. Consequences include financial burdens, emotional burdens and health burdens.

If this is your situation you need to ensure that you don’t lose sight of your needs. You need to continue to ensure that you can retire healthy; financially, emotionally and physically.

How are YOU? Are You Getting Wake Up Calls?

Taking care of yourself physically is the best way to ensure that you can meet your family’s needs. Being healthy requires that you pay attention to what your body is telling you. Are your labs are showing high cholesterol? Is your doctor telling you that your blood pressure needs treatment? Is your doctor recommending medicine for pre-diabetes?

Are you experiencing anxiety or sleepless nights due to worry, these are your wake up calls. Are behind on funding your retirement?  Or are going in to debt for your children/parents?

These are wake up calls.

You are the only one who can take care of you. Eating an energy balanced diet is the best wealth building step you can take. Ensuring that your diet is low in processed foods, low in fried foods and high in fruits, vegetables, with the proper amount of healthy fat and low fat meats is the way to go. Ensuring that you participate in 30-45 minutes out of most days of the week for yourself is the second best wealth building step you can take. Exercising has been shown to improve mild to moderate depression as good as depression medication.

My book, Second Chance at Health: Learn to Love Active Living and Clean Eating, is an easy to read guide that can help you start your journey to health so you can take care of your loved ones. This guide has basic nutrition, supplement and exercise recommendations that work for mid-life people.

How to Find the Time

Your question is…”HOW DO I FIND THE TIME”…caring for yourself while caring for others isn’t selfish. Caring for you is necessary. The Silvernest team has some great suggestions on how to care for you while caring for others. Check out their article on some specific steps to take to ease the pressure of caring for aging parents in their article: Caring for Others While Caring for Yourself.

Being a part of the sandwich generation does not have to be a burden. Certainly our generation has proven to be tough, resilient and in general, AMAZING!

Use the remainder of 2019 to take care of yourself.

  1. Begin begin active for 30-45 minutes 5-6 days of the week.
  2. Eliminate fried foods from your diet.
  3. Add an apple a day to your diet.
  4. Eat vegetables every day.
  5. Eat at home 5 days a week.
  6. Meditate/pray every day.

I would love to hear your ways that you balance your time between your family commitments. How are you taking care of health?

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