Exercise is excellent for maintaining optimum health and a healthy weight. It is even more effective when used in conjunction with proper nutrition. If you are exercising regularly, you may be sabotaging its positive effects by not eating properly. Your body needs fuel and food is your fuel. Failure to eat properly hurts you in two ways. First of all, if you’re not fueling your body properly, you may not have energy for longer, more intense workouts. Secondly, if you are eating too much, you may not be burning enough calories during the day to lose weight or maintain your healthy weight.
Let me explain the following tips for staying fit, having fun at 40+. What concerns individuals I meet who are aging is how do you lose that excess weight in order to arrive at your healthy weight. The easiest and simplest way to lose weight is to burn off more calories than you consume. You can do this two ways:
- Reduce the number of calories you eat each day
- Increase the number of calories you burn each day through physical activity
It sounds pretty simple but, the reality is that it is difficult for most people to do. With today’s busy lifestyles and schedules that include, business, work, family, friends, meals, health, exercise, etc… it can be anything but simple.
The term “ideal weight” is an outdated concept. The goal here is to aim for your “healthy weight”. Your healthy weight is all about feeling good and being healthy. Your healthy weight is in a range that helps lower your risk of health problems. Health is really what counts here. When you are over your healthy weight, your well-being is threatened as you grow older. When you are under your healthy weight, under-eating over time causes nutrient deficiencies that can affect the health of your bones, immune system, energy levels, work performance and general well-being. That is why it is important for you to stay fit and have fun at 40+.
If you carry excess weight, losing some of it can be very good for your health on the condition that you lose it slowly and sensibly. You won’t achieve the lasting results you want from any fad diet. Your goal should be your health by making better food choices and being more physically active each day. Weight loss usually follows so be patient.
If you are at your healthy weight, recognize and appreciate it. Don’t obsess with losing more. Your body has a particular weight that it will strive to maintain and will seek to stabilize at this set weight. This is the natural weight your body attains when you strictly eat according to your hunger, no more, no less.
Combine a healthy lifestyle, a well-balanced diet and a daily dose of physical activity and you will maintain a healthy weight within a healthy range over the years. I hope you have enjoyed my tips for staying fit, having fun at 40+ and can put them to healthful use.