Does getting older mean we have to get bigger?

As we get older why is it some things seem to get harder to do? Late nights are a no go unless you bank the sleep for a week before and after. 2 nights out on the trot - whoa there....... Bodies start to have a mind of their own and those things that we used to do without thinking, all of a sudden require planning and more effort than they did 5/10 years ago. You may have eaten and exercised the same way for years and all of a sudden the waist band on your trousers seems to have shrunk. Sound familiar?

As we get older our metabolism does start to slow down and our bodies will start to lose muscle mass, unless we do something to stop it. I am not suggesting hitting the weight room 7 days a week for 2 hours and downing a protein shake after each session, but ensuring you do some resistance work with weights 2-3 times a week is an ideal start. The more muscle mass we have the more calories our bodies will burn off. Studies have shown for every extra pound of muscle you build, your body will burn an extra 50 calories every day. Why not get a new gym program or find a circuit/weight class you could do.

It is not all about weights, you will need to include at least 30 minutes of weight bearing cardio activities every day. There is no need to start running, walking at a pace that leaves you slightly breathless, dance or aerobic classes also count. Anything that raises the heart rate and causes you to feel a little breathless every day are all you need to boost that cardiovascular system. Weight bearing exercise also helps to increase bone density, which will help ward off other issues as we age.

You will need to keep an eye on those pesky extra calories that you might be eating and/or drinking as well, so as not to undo all that extra work. As your metabolism starts to slow, you will require less calories, so just keep an eye on what you are consuming and if you feel those trousers feeling a little tighter, cut back on that extra glass of wine or cake.

It is always a good idea before starting any new exercise activity to speak to your Doctor, especially if you have any health concerns.

If you would like any advice, just drop me an email or give me a call.


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