Six things execs should know about maintaining stamina and energy after 50

I’m no stranger to obstacles. Setting my goals to run across the nation, I’ve been training and preparing for this journey for years.

Here are six things executives should know about maintaining stamina and energy after the age of 50.

  1. In business and life we have a choice to be average, good or great. As we age we should be working toward greatness when it comes to taking care of our body and overall well-being/fitness. Most people take better care of their cars then they do their bodies. The choice is up to you.
  2. Don’t stop believing that anything is possible and keep dreaming big. 50-years-old and being in our 50s does not mean we need to slow down and take it easy. It means we keep working very hard toward dreams and goals, knowing that with the right work and dedication anything is possible.
  3. Take time to do yoga, meditate and find ways to be peaceful. Recharge your batteries by doing mindful exercises that bring love and energy.
  4. Finding the right form of exercise that raises your heart rate a few times a week. When we raise our heart rate, it helps our overall well-being in many ways. Examples: walk, run, swim, bike, roller blade, hike, elliptical machine or any cardio machine in the gym. There are so many ways and so many choices At least 30 minutes of cardio should be done four to five days a week. Lift weights two-three times a week to stay strong and keep your bone destiny in a good place. Take one to two days off exercise, or on the off days, go to yoga!
  5. Eat well, sleep well. Get off the sugar and all the carbs. There are so many different diets, but you don’t need a diet. You need a healthy lifestyle that works for you. None of us are made to eat lots of sugar and carbs. Try to eat more lean proteins, fresh fruit and vegetables and drink water. We all know this, but are you doing it?
  6. Make time! I hear it all the time: “I just don’t have the time.” You have the time. You are the most important person in your life. Take out your daily and weekly calendar and mark out the time each day that you plan to exercise.

For me, it is a 4 a.m. On my daily calendar at 4 a.m. I have my name across it. If anyone wants to make an appointment with you when you have marked off the time for you, your answer is, “I am sorry but I already have an appointment at that time.” That appointment with you is the most important of your day.

When I set my alarm to go off at 3:30 a.m., I have made a commitment to myself and to my overall health and well-being. I don’t hit the snooze or turn if off; I get up because it is important. If I can do it so can you!

Lisa Smith Batchen, 55, will Run the Nation and raise money for Grammy award winning artist Imagine Dragons’ public charity for pediatric cancer families, The Tyler Robinson Foundation. On April 24, 2016,  Lisa will embark on a transcontinental journey starting in Los Angeles and concluding in New York City. To break the current foot speed record, Lisa will have to average 68 miles per day.

A famous ultramarathon runner, Lisa has competed and won some of the world’s most difficult competitions including the Sahara’s “Marathon Des Sables” and the United States Badwater Ultramarathon twice.

She has competed in 35 ultramarathons, 90 marathons, and has completed five Hawaii Ironman World Championships. Her accomplishments as an endurance runner and ironman athlete have made her one of the most revered athletes in the world.

Learn more about Lisa and her upcoming Run The Nation at www.RunTheNation.org.