Making simple changes to your lifestyle can help overcome many age-related issues and to get the most out of life. A few key factors can help contribute to keeping healthy for the future.
Losing weight doesn’t mean you should lose out
Metabolic rate begins to decrease the older a person gets. So, don’t become disheartened when the weight doesn’t drop off as quick as when you were in your 30’s and 40’s. It is all about being balanced while still having the time and energy to enjoy yourself. One third of every meal should be made up of fruit and vegetables, to maintain a nutritious dietary balance.
Speaking to your GP may be the first place to start for many if you have been inactive for some time. If you are wanting to attend local fitness classes or other sporting activities, make sure you have supportive footwear and suitable clothing. Don’t forget the warm up and the cool down stretches as these are just as important as the exercise itself.
Mind, body and soul
Exercise doesn’t always mean lifting weights and running around your local parks. It can mean gentle classes such as yoga and Pilates that also stimulates the mind. If you are not as mobile as you used to be, Pilates is a great way to recreate mobility.
Not all over 50’s are looking for gentle exercise. Golf is one of the most popular sporting activities for the over 50’s, as it promotes flexibility in the muscles and joints. Competitive sports clubs are usually made up of very social community members, so what a great way to improve your social life and get healthy at the same time.
One of Willowgrove’s resident, Mrs Price said, “Park life got me fit!”. Due to the flat layout of the park it meant walking around became much easier. The daily walk around the park meant she could become active again. Friends and family began to see the difference and the way it had changed her life.
One thing to remember; if you experience shortness of breath, dizziness or loss of balance while exercising, contact your GP for advice immediately.