Is it ever too late to lose weight?
17th October 2019
You might have heard the saying “the older you get the easier it is to gain weight”. Well, that’s not always true! It’s inevitable that your body is going to change as you get older, because muscle mass becomes harder to maintain - but take it as inspiration that you’re never too old to adopt healthy habits.
Here we will be discussing five steps that can help prevent weight loss as you age.
Exercise lowers the risk of; heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers! It leads to a powerful effect called the “compression of morbidity”; meaning you stay healthier for longer in your later years.
In addition, exercise prevents dementia and other cognitive changes, try and aim for 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Strength training, Yoga and Pilates are great ways of restoring muscle mass lost with age.
Don’t fall for the fad diets out there, try and aim for a diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, beans, and low-fat or fat-free dairy; and keep meat and poultry lean to help your cells function better.
Not getting enough sleep? It can affect your memory, emotions, weight and even your appearance. As you get older it becomes harder to sleep but you still need the same number of hours. Research carried out by the National Sleep Foundation, states that problems are usually caused by snoring or depression. To overcome this, create a more relaxing environment, dedicating time for sleep and relaxation techniques.
Within a 24-hour time frame of not smoking there’s already a decrease in risk of a heart attack. Research states that middle-aged smokers that quit, decreased the risk of dying early by almost half. To combat cravings and withdrawal symptoms engage in physical activity, schedule fitness for when you’re wanting a cigarette (soon you’ll be replacing that craving with a walk or bike ride)!
Setting yourself the smallest challenges, whether it’s finding a new interest or new route to work, keeps your mind fresh. Keep going as you age!
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