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Fifty Really is the New Thirty – By Lee Anne MacDade

May 25th, 2011 by Staff

June 9-12th, yoga expert Lee Anne MacDade will return to High Hampton Inn for the second annual Wellness Weekend. Lee Anne shares some of her healthy wisdom below in a guest post.

Lee Anne MacDade

These days fifty really can be the new thirty because of the baby boomers not willing to give in yet to the realities of aging.  There is so much out there today to help us.  Trendy health clubs with juice bars are opening up in every major city across America to attract people of every age group with the same interest – keeping fit and staying healthy.

Corporations are offering wellness programs to their employees in an effort to help reduce the number of sick days, lower insurance costs, improve productivity, and overall job satisfaction.  Studies have proven that those who participate in these types of programs are not only more effective in doing their job each day but are also more content and confident within themselves.

Restaurants are making efforts to offer vegetarian, vegan and low fat options on their menus so when people go out to socialize they do not have to give up their commitment to eating clean.   We have organic everything, from produce to sunscreen.  You have cows and chickens living the lives they could have only dreamed of where farmers are now taking into consideration their well-being, and not just seeing them as a commodity for consumers.

Relax and unwind at High Hampton Inn's Wellness Weekend

Doctors now recommend yoga for their patients as a way to reduce stress and to learn how to relax.  Yes, I say learn how to relax.  In today’s world so many of us have gotten caught up on the whirlwind of life; going through it at the pace of an Olympic athlete and leaving little or no time to just sit quietly and allow ourselves to just slow down.  People usually look at me cross-eyed when I ask them how much quiet time they actually spend with just themselves in a day doing nothing!  Sitting and doing absolutely nothing can be more refreshing than a full night’s sleep.

The time has finally come when it is the norm to be health-conscious.  More and more people from all walks of life have taken to becoming physically fit.  The reasons can vary greatly – anything from toning up and trying to relieve pain to being an alternative way to prevent serious illness.

Eating right, some form of daily physical activity, reducing stress, and trying to live in a more balanced way can all lead us to that fountain of youth.  A finely tuned body and mind will work together in harmony.  The good news today is there is so much out there just waiting for you to try.  There really is no reason why any of us cannot age gracefully and be healthy throughout our whole life.  Good health begins with you and the choices you make.

It’s not too late to sign up for the Wellness Weekend where you can learn from Lee Anne firsthand.  Call (828) 743-2411 to reserve a place today.