Getting and Staying Fit Through the Years

Staying Fit Through the years1 Getting and Staying Fit Through the Years

Many people believe weight gain and loss of fitness are a given part of the aging process. We’re here to tell you that’s not so. So what’s the first thing on your to-do list?  Ditch the mindset that it’s “too late” for you to change your lifestyle, your health, and your well-being.  Next? Get going! Here are some simple tips to get you started:
Walking
Many people disregard the benefits of walking, but recent studies show that regular walks can help reduce blood pressure, keep your cholesterol level in check, burn calories (even in small amounts) and helps you maintain an ideal weight.  A brisk walk will have you burning upwards of 100 calories per mile. Most can cover a mile in 15 to 20 minutes, and it can be done anywhere, so no excuses. Everyone can find 15 to 20 minutes somewhere in their day. Find it twice, and you’ve done away with 200 calories! Small steps add up quickly. Start by timing one mile. Each time you walk that route, try to go a little bit further in the same amount of time…the faster the walk, the more calories you burn, the more you are improving your cardiovascular health. Challenge yourself and you’ll find some fun, some stress relief, and a ton of health benefits that can help you get and stay fit at any age.

Staying Fit Through the years Getting and Staying Fit Through the Years

Strength Training

Strength training is not just for bodybuilders! Strength training provides many health benefits including preserving valuable muscle mass as we age, but also strengthening our bones. Osteoporosis is a major concern as we age, but strength training can help counteract the effects and actually increase bone density if practiced consistently.  It can also significantly improve balance, which will keep you on your feet well into your senior years.  Just two or three 20-30 minute total body sessions a week will have you feeling strong and energized in no time, and help fight many of the effects most associated aging.

Fit Foods

Making healthier food choices day to day can also have a significant effect on our fitness as we age. Combat weight gain, heart disease, diabetes (all conditions we often associate with aging) by making the best choices you can.  Choose lean proteins over fattier options (egg whites versus whole eggs, chicken breast versus chicken thigh, ground turkey versus ground beef, etc), non-fat and low-fat dairy over the full fat varieties, reduce your sugar intake, focus on whole and unprocessed foods and keep convenience and fast foods to a minimum. Be sure to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, and nuts on a daily basis. Eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day will reduce swings in blood sugar, leaving you feeling alert and full of energy! Try making just one of these changes to start, then another once you’re comfortable.
Come and talk to our personal trainers to see how you can find the right balance between holiday cheer and staying fit for life. You’ll find them at Fit for Life Personal Fitness Training, 2126 Jackson-Keller Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78213. Follow us on Twitter for the latest tips, tricks, and updates!

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