Written by celebrity fitness trainer, exercise and nutrition expert Kathy Kaehler
Sponsored by USANA Health Sciences
When you train some of the biggest names in entertainment – an industry bursting with youthful energy – you have to not only keep up, but also set the pace. I’ve been in the health and fitness business for more than 20 years, training many of Hollywood’s A-listers, including Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner.
I work with these beautiful, fit-conscious women who seem to defy the laws of aging. However, the years pass no matter how deeply we’d like to suspend them.
As if turning 40 wasn’t enough, I never dreamed that during this decade I would begin menopause. I felt that my life was still in the growing phase. My kids were little and my career was in full swing. How is it possible that an unwelcome gift at age 45 would be having my last period? Not to mention the other gifts that arrived: hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain, depression, hair loss and the worst – vaginal dryness.
I felt horrendous. Actually, I don’t even know how to describe the odd sensation of watching my life and not being to control what is happening with it. In the beginning it was the physical changes that stood out the most. Waking up at night, roasting hot as if I were lying in a fire pit. Couple that raging heat with soaking the sheets with sweat and bedtime was something to dread.
The night sweats were just part of the puzzle, as I also gained weight seemingly overnight. Everything (and I mean everything) was just bigger. During this particular adventure in menopause, I happened to be training Kris Jenner. She shared with me the same nightmare of going to bed with her normal body and waking up with an entirely different one.
You can’t do menopause alone, so Kris and I supported each other and took the “change” by the horns. My coaching on surviving menopause and maintaining a youthful feel and look is for women of all ages. You must do these things consistently, day in and day out. Just like we brush our teeth, these components have to be there to reap the benefits of youth. Good choices every day make a huge difference for all the tomorrows.
Exercise is the key to life. Daily physical activity keeps our bodies supple, toned, strong and energized. A strong body just looks younger. Toned muscles that hold the body upright with good posture and shape is also youthful.
Rest is another critical component to looking good and feeling good. We skip too many hours of sleep because of kids, work, stress and a busy to-do list. We don’t realize that when we maintain this sleep-deprivation cycle we are actually aging our bodies.
Hydration is imperative to energy and looking young. I drink water throughout the day. Drink when you’re thirsty and make sure your urine is a pale yellow like lemonade.
Vitamins are vital. They give our bodies everything they need to optimally fuel the cells. Vitamins also give us the confidence that our bodies are being taken care of, especially when it comes to looking and feeling younger. Vitamin C and grape-seed extract help keep the skin healthy and youthful looking in a couple of ways. Exposure to UV can lead to oxidative stress, which can lead to visible wrinkles, sagging and skin pigmentation. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, and grape-seed extract enhances that antioxidant activity. Vitamin C also supports collagen production. This essential nutrient has been linked to better appearance of aging skin because it helps support skin elasticity and firmness.
When working with my celebrity clients, there is one thing that rings true with them – making good choices every day contributes to youthfulness. There is no magic pill or solution. My best advice is to embrace that age is going to happen, but a healthy lifestyle will carry you through.
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Fitness Hall of Famer and nationally recognized healthy living spokesperson Kathy Kaehler is America’s go-to resource for the best in knowledge, products and programs. For more than two decades Kathy has been a trusted expert in the national media including a 14-year run as a fitness contributor on the Today show. In addition to being a best-selling author with eight books and multiple magazine articles under her belt, Kathy is a busy mom of three boys. To learn more about Kathy Kaehler, visit her website www.kathykaehler.net.