Denise Sanger

Denise Sanger

Once in a while, it takes talking to other people to realize you have created a new habit you may not be aware of. That was me last week and I am grateful for a few women in my morning fitness classes that called me out on it.

You see, I've been tired. As in TIRED don't feel like doing anything TIRED. That was not the issue though. One of my new phrases? It's terrible getting old isn't it? Or this one, I feel 157 today instead of 57. Or this one, I'm too old for this crap.

What happens when you repeatedly say negative things out loud? You start to believe them. After all, your body hears everything your mind thinks and what comes out of your mouth. So I had to stop and stop quickly because what I was saying was definitely affecting how I was feeling.

Granted I had an allergy/sinus thing at the same time but I have not said these things since last week and I already feel better. Believe it or not, simply getting control of your thoughts and words have a huge impact on how you feel overall. Here are a few other ways to feel better right away:

• Quit indulging your sweet tooth! The more sugar you eat the more sugar your body will crave and the worse you will feel. Not only can sweets pack on the pounds, it interferes with our body's ability to make collagen and elastin — two things your skin must have for structure and to fight aging. Choose nature's sweets and grab a piece of fruit.

• Yoga. Yes, yoga. When you slow things down, it allows you to connect and feel your breathing and be aware of your body. Even though yoga is not aerobic exercise, it can be as good as aerobic exercise for improving your health. Yoga poses increase your strength, flexibility, range of motion and balance. In addition, yoga may help you maintain a positive, happy attitude.

• Move. That's right. Get up and MOVE. Your body is designed to move. Your arms/shoulders and legs/hips are all joint/sockets that move in many different ways. If you are getting bored or find it hard to get up and get going, try something new. Take a walk outside instead of on the treadmill. Try a new fitness class. Or do what kids do and go outside and play. Swing on the swing set. Play in the puddles.

• Sleep. Lack of sleep is directly linked not only to aging skin, but also effects our memory and thinking process. The amount of sleep needed varies but the magic number is roughly 7 to 8 hours each night.

Next time you look in the mirror, smile and notice how absolutely beautiful you are. We are all getting older but let's smile and enjoy every moment of this crazy life we live while doing it. Have an amazing week!

To your health,


Denise Sanger is a certified fitness instructor, Silver Sneakers Instructor, AMPD Kettlebell Instructor, licensed Zumba, STRONG by Zumba instructor, gentle flow yoga, teaches morning classes at Country Strong Health & Fitness. Denise may be reached at, 386-292-6105 or

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