Weight Loss Exercises for Women Over 50
Losing Weight Exercises for Women Over 50
For many people, especially women over 50, the desire to lose weight becomes increasingly important. Life’s stresses and strains seems to lead to an increase in body weight, or so it seems. Often times, the stereotypical answer is that exercise and diet are the first and only solutions to what seems an ever-present problem. And while this is true, in a basic sense, it is only part of the answer.
Losing excess body weight is just one part, indeed a very small part, of the reasons why you should think seriously about an exercise program, especially if you are a woman over 50. By the time we reach our 50’s we are acutely aware of the compelling need to look after our financial wellbeing. After all, aging and retirement are no longer way off into the future.
Recent research reveals that the number one concern in groups of people over 50 is having enough savings to pay for the things they want and need during their retirement years, including medical expenses and care. But millions of these people are approaching retirement with an inverted perspective. They’re focused on wealth accumulation to pay for expenses like housing, insurance, holidays, medical care, and so on.
But their decisions are all financially focused plans. They are working to save enough to protect their lives, but they’re not working to protect their bodies! What good does it do to build up wealth and resources, but not have the physical health to enjoy it? Or worse, to have to move into our children’s homes or an assisted living facility and survive under the aged care system, with all its negative connotations.
Exercise is the Smartest Investment You Can Make
Often people think they need to take up running to get exercise or to get in shape and lose some weight, but you really don’t. The truth is, unless you intend to run marathons or even five kilometres, you only need enough aerobic capacity to do whatever it is you like to do, right? Maybe that’s tennis, golf, swimming or perhaps hiking. You need the aerobic capacity to do these activities and to remain healthy, but you don’t need to have the aerobic capacity of an Ironman triathlete! Keep that in mind when you think about aerobic endurance.
Getting the Right Nutrition
Yes, of course it’s true that exercise can lead to weight loss, but it’s about so much more than that, especially as we get older. Nutrition falls into same category. Changing your diet can lead to weight loss, but, as with exercise, nutrition is also about so much more.
Healthy eating provides the fuel your body needs for exercise as well as lifelong fitness and health.
You can, of course, lose weight by changing or limiting your diet, but there’s a decent chance that you still won’t be a truly healthy person. Remember, you can be at a ‘healthy weight,’ but not be fit or even feel well. Restrictive diets or nutritional programs may change the number on the scale, but you’re likely to regain that weight and maybe more.
Losing Weight is Just Part of Becoming a Healthier You
As we age, our metabolism slows down. You may have noticed that you’re eating the same amount and the same types of things, but you’re gaining weight, or it’s ending up in different places. It becomes even more important to eat well and exercise as we get older. Our goal is help you be a healthier person and put you on a more positive pathway—for the rest of your life.
This doesn’t mean you can never have the occasional indulgent dessert. But it does mean that when you join us at Renewed After 50, we’ll be working with you to find nutritional balance. This is nutrition that empowers you, so that you have more energy, sleep better, fight disease better, and move with fewer aches and pains—equipping you to do the things you need to do, want to do, and love to do—for the rest of your long, healthy life.