Yes, I said the f word. Fifty. To some, this F word might offend them as much as that other F word, but it shouldn’t. Fifty can be fabulous. I should know, as I regularly refer to myself as the poster child of 50+ fabulous!
Among many other reasons, it’s that age when you can do whatever you want because you now fall under the category of ‘respect your elders’. Interesting because I don’t feel like an elder.
Apparently I don’t look like one either because people regularly ask me how to become 50+fab if you were not born that way. So I’m here today to tell you how to do it; how to embrace 50 rather than be offended by it. You might not all be near or past this age range yet, but some day you will be. This is for you too!
Get great gear. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS: function before fashion. Let me explain that with a rather embarrassing tale.
I bought a cute little and I mean little top wit spaghetti straps. In my defense, the top had NIKE emblazoned across the front and I bought it in legitimate running store. Do not ask me how I forgot that my breasts should not EVER be in a tube top even if it has spaghetti straps. Anyway, I had the top on and headed out for a run. Less than a mile into my run, I felt a bit strange. I paid that feeling no attention and kept running. I noticed that people were blowing their horns in cars and driving a bit crazy. Again, I kept running. Only after about a mile I looked down and realized that my breasts had come COMPLETELY out of my top. Yes, that is correct. I was literally running half naked. I put myself back into my top, turned around, and walked home holding my top up.
It was my fault. I did not pay attention to function. Yes, it was a very cute top and I could have worn it while gardening, maybe. I definitely should not have gone running in it.
That also goes for shoes. Get fitted. Do not simply buy the same shoes your friends wear or the ones your daughter left in the bottom of her closet. I do not care that she used to be a runner or that she is a runner. Get the shoes that are recommended for you by a professional.
Don’t try to go back in history. Start from where you are right now. What you did in high school or college may not apply here, so don’t hurt yourself. Leave your pride at the door.
Let the youngsters do their thing. They may be faster, stronger, bendier, and who knows what else. You do your own thing and soon they will want to be just like you.
Never whine. Yes, it hurts, yes it may be difficult. The goal is to get through the workout and drink the appropriate beverage afterwards.
Dress appropriately. Make sure all of your ‘stuff’ is covered. If you need them, wear longer shorts, shirts, or skirts. I say this not only for modesty’s sake, but chafing is not fun. It is quite painful, so cover where and when necessary.
Be classy. After running so get dressed before running errands. Or do what I do, put on a cute little dress on over your running clothes. Skirt Sports has great ones. Be realistic. If you now wear a larger size, get it. No one has to know, but they will guess something if you force your hips into running shorts a couple sizes too small.
Cross train. Try different activities yoga, cross fit, swimming, or biking are great. I heard pole dancing is great as well, but I have not been bold enough to try it.
Connect with like-minded people. This makes running fun. You can compare notes, ask questions, and make running dates.
Eliminate negative thoughts. I am not a bendy person. In yoga I am not the one who can bend over backwards while wrapping her leg around her head and I am perfectly okay with that. Maybe I would have been concerned about that 30 years ago, but now I can find better uses of my time in child’s pose while quietly wishing the bendy person would fall. Not really, but you get my drift, don’t you?
So tell me Salty Readers, have I made the F word less scary for you? Did I miss any tips for making 50+ fabulous?