Should You Give Up Alcohol When You Hit 45?Posted on Jun 22nd 2011 11:00AM by That's Fit Editors
But I'm serious about ditching these items from my diet. As much as I love a nice, hot cup of Joe in the morning, a glass of Cabernet with dinner and some form of chocolate every evening (especially warm Ghirardelli chocolate chip cookies), I feel like I'm somehow out-doing all of the goodness that my body gets on the road, on the trails and on the mat every day.
Other than those daily indulgences, I eat very healthily. I'm a strict vegetarian, I drink green smoothies each morning (almond milk mixed with fruit, kale, swiss chard and protein powder) and I run marathons and compete in triathlons -- which means most mornings are taken up with one to three hours of exercise.
Still, that sugar. That caffeine. And that alcohol.
In some ways, I think I have used my otherwise healthy behaviors to justify my junky treats. "Hey, I ran 10 miles today, so I can eat this second brownie." Right? Not really. All of the bad ingredients in those items still go into our bodies and have to land somewhere. And, regardless of my fitness, my body is not where I want them.
It just so happens that my new epiphany coincides with a new study that shows I'm not alone. Bioglin, a new supplement company, questioned more than 5,000 people and revealed that at age 45, when health issues start creeping up, many of us are more inclined to ditch the booze and clean up our diets.
It seems the 45 to 54 age group was the most motivated to get healthier, due to a recent health scare, a family member's illness or a bad medical assessment from their doctor. It's an age when youth and vitality are still within our reach -- and being faced with losing that is not an option for many of us.
So, while I'm not 45 yet, I do relate to the desire to get healthier as we age. I mean, getting older is fine, but who wants a body that looks old and acts old? Why not stall -- or prevent -- things like weight gain, high blood pressure, joint pain and heart disease? I just want to have more energy, feel happier and watch my body respond better to my training. So giving up the wine, the coffee and the sweets for the next 30 days will be a good test.
How about you? What is one thing you want to give up so you can feel better?
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