Midlife

Do You Kegel?

Do You Kegel?

 

When I was pregnant with my last child, I learned about an exercise in the Bradley Method child birthing class we were taking. They’re called “kegel exercises”, and they are something that I have continued to do for the past 27 years.

Kegel exercises strengthen the pubococcygeus or PC muscles, also known as the pelvic floor. The PC muscles are shaped like a sling and hold the bladder and uterus in place. Over the years, they can become weakened from many factors such as pregnancy and childbirth, being overweight, and of course just plain old aging.

If these muscles are allowed to become weak and out of shape, it can cause several potential problems like urinary incontinence, or prolapsed bladder and uterus. Mayo Clinic says, “The effects of pelvic organ prolapse range from uncomfortable pelvic pressure to leakage of urine. Pelvic organ prolapse isn’t inevitable, however. Kegel exercises can help delay or even prevent pelvic organ prolapse and the related symptoms.” Read On…

Overcoming Obstacles: Midlife Insomnia

Overcoming Obstacles: Midlife Insomnia

 

Sleeping has always been one of my favorite things to do. I would say it ranks right up there with shopping and some other fun activities. And like all of my favorite things to do I was very good at it. Once upon a time, I could easily sleep ten hours a night. That is until about the age of forty. That’s when my beloved sleep cycle started to change.

At first, I really didn’t mind getting a little less sleep. I was able to stay up pretty late and wake fairly early in the morning…without feeling like I needed to climb back under the covers. But as the years progressed my ability to sleep decreased, until it got to the point where I’m at now: insomnia. Read On…

In The Desert: Fifty-two Years and Counting

In The Desert: Fifty-two Years and Counting

 

I’ve heard it said that the difference between a grape and a raisin is moisture. That statement becomes truer each day that I get older. But I continue to fight the never ending daily battle to keep my skin looking like a grape.

For as long as I can remember I’ve had dry, sensitive skin. Even during my teen years it was fairly dry, which I didn’t mind at the time because I didn’t break out like the other kids did. But ever since reaching perimenopause, and even more so since menopause, I have had find ways to alleviate just how completely dehydrated it’s become. This has not been an easy task. Read On…

Past, Present, and Future

Past, Present, and Future

Whoo Hoo! “Forever in Blue Jeans” is one month old today. So I thought this would be the perfect time to give a little background why I chose that title, share a little about how it’s been doing, and where I would like to see it go from here.

When I first decided to start a blog, coming up with the title was a no brainer. From the moment I put on my first pair of jeans, I was in love! When I was a child, girls had to wear dresses and skirts, and boys had to wear dress pants, all the time. If it was cold outside the girls were “allowed” to wear stretch pants under our skirts. I hated it! Read On…

A Healthy Perspective on Aging

A Healthy Perspective on Aging

 

The other night my husband was watching Tina Turner in a televised concert she recently did. I was so impressed by the fact that this woman was still in her miniskirts and high heels (her legs looked amazing) kicking it up, dancing and singing like she was at most 40. At one point she was even dancing on some narrow scaffolding that was high above the crowd. But I was even more impressed….no, blown away….when I looked her up online and found out that she was 70 years old when she performed in that concert. Wow! I want to be like that at 70. Read On…