I am aging along with everybody else on this earth. That has important aspects and implications. Me at 30 is not the same as me at 50 nor me at plus 70. It helps to know what to expect.
Most of our lives we hear that thinner is better. That is true, but for older folks activity becomes a more important factor. We have to be able to continue to do all our activities. As WebMD says, “It’s less about what you weigh and more about how much of your weight is muscle instead of fat. Your doctor can tell you if your weight is on track, in light of your age and overall health.”
Don’t cop out. “My metabolism is slowing” is a fact from our 20’s onward. It’s not a reason to stop working on your weight and health. If you stop being active, your body will shift to more fat and less muscle. Fat doesn’t burn calories, so an inactive person will gain weight. Eat less, move more is the mantra of this blog and should be of every person.
Being active works muscles and allows you to consume more calories. Sedentary oldsters are the ones with weight problems. You can have some cake and eat it, too, just choose a reasonable amount.
WebMd makes a good point about aging and eating, “Those corners you cut when you were younger (huge portions, happy hours, little to no exercise)? You can’t get away with that any more. But age does not have to equal weight gain.”
Check out my previous post on strength training. Even if your muscles have slacked off with you, you can revive them and revitalize yourself. Muscle loss isn’t permanent. Health clubs have free weights, weight machines and there are numerous exercises you can do just using your own body weight including yoga that will build muscle.
Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle due to aging. This results from lack of activity, hormonal changes and poor nutrition. Eat less and more move. Sarcopenia does not have to be a permanent condition.
The bottom line is that your health doesn’t have to fade and your waistline doesn’t have to expand as you age. But, you do have to take an active part in the process of aging. As you age, your margin of error keeps shrinking. So, pay close attention to what you eat and how much. Get out there and get some exercise. Walking is a very good way to start. It works your muscles and clears your mind as well as burning the odd calorie.
Check out my Page – How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off for more guidelines.
No one likes folks who don’t practice what they preach. About 10 years ago my weight got out of control and I ballooned over 220 pounds. I took off 50 pounds in a year, but that only got me down to the mid-170’s. You can read How I lost 50 pounds in 52 weeks. The National Institutes on Health considers me one of its Success Stories.
I am now 74 years old and wear the same size pants I wore in high school. I ride my bike around 7000 miles a year here in Chicago. My resting heart rate is below 50 beats per minute. If I can reach this level of health, so can you. I am just a regular guy.