As we age, our metabolism slows down, and trying to lose weight or maintain a slim figure becomes even a greater challenge than it already is. Lord knows we all bump into that issue at some point! Y’all know what I’m talking about!
Some men and women, however, got into the best shape of their lives in their 40s and 50s.
Because they finally understood the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle. Sometimes, age does bring wisdom and this seems to be something we learn to grasp as we get older. It’s okay! We make mistakes, get lost and then we find our way… I’ll help you! ?
Here are 6 Tips That Will Keep You Fit Well Into Your 30’s 40’s & 50’s:
1. Find a Hobby
Have you ever considered playing a sport? Golf, tennis, baseball: these are all fun activities that can keep you fit throughout your senior years. There’s surely something you’ve always wanted to try but never got around to doing so.
One of my favorite hobbies is Roller Derby! Nothing beats the feeling of getting meat checked by one of your teammates at high speeds! Check out my posts, Full Body Roller Derby Workout or Lower body Roller Derby Workout or Surviving Roller Derby! You might find yourself a skater as well!
Take advantage of the extra time and work your body to maintain mobility. Nolan Ryan played until he was nearly 50 years old, so there’s no excuse not to stay active yourself! (Keeping this in mind!)
2. Exercise Your Brain
It’s not just your body that needs to stay fit. You need to exercise your brain as well. As we age, we are at greater risk of developing debilitating diseases such as dementia. Even light activities such as gardening can help us reduce that risk. And speaking of movement, it seems that older people that enjoy long walks are less likely to develop cognitive decline.
3. Get Rest
People who sleep 7-9 hours a night tend to live longer, researchers suggest. The body interprets lack of sleep as stress, making you more susceptible to health problems. Getting enough sleep also helps us mentally, as it improves mood, helps our memory function properly, and promotes higher levels of human growth hormone. This helps with building bone and muscle mass, which both decline as we age.
4. Change Your Diet
Counting calories and eating light meals that lack any kind of nutritional value is not something guaranteed to keep you slim and fit. Instead, eat as many plants as you can but reduce carbs and processed junk food.
You are, however, allowed to eat fats. But good fats! Avocados, olive oil, salmon – these are all healthy, nutritious fats you should definitely include in your diet. And don’t forget about dairy, which helps keep your bones strong.
5. Watch What You Drink
It’s not all about what you eat, it’s what you drink as well!
Researchers have actually concluded that the calories in some drinks cause more weight gain than the same calories we ingest by eating. It’s best to completely cut back on sodas, iced tea, store-bought juices, and alcohol. Drinking water and herbal tea may also help you lose weight, as you’ll be reducing your sugar intake considerably.
Something I ALWAYS have in my fridge is a pitcher with an infuser. I’ll fill the pitcher with water and add fruits such as cucumbers, berries, and lemons! SO GOOD!
6. Put Yourself First
Knowing how to exercise and what to eat and drink won’t help at all if you don’t learn to put yourself first. After many years of caring for your partner, relatives, or maybe kids, it’s time to take a break and focus on yourself. It’s not a selfish act; it’s the most natural thing to do when your physical and mental health should be your top priority.
So… staying fit as we get older is not THAT difficult. NO EXCUSES! Use these 6 Tips That Will Keep You Fit Well Into Your 30’s 40’s & 50’s! At least try them and see which ones work for you!
All you really need is the will to turn your life around and make wiser decisions in respect to what you eat and the amount of activity you’re willing to take on. The best way to go about this is to not hold back on exercise and sports – just make sure to do them at your own pace and know your limits.
Do Y’ALL have any tips to share?
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