As we get older our muscles will stiffen making our ability to lose weight through exercising even more tedious.
Our metabolism also becomes slower as we age. It is estimated that we burn between 1 to 2% less calories as we age.
We can lose weight if we thoroughly understand what causes the weight gain this is according to Brian Durbin a NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specials and personal trainer.
– You Should Watch Your Hormones
The older we get the more our hormones become imbalanced. Having a thorough checkup of your adrenal and thyroid glands as well as your hormone levels is very important as fat gold quite easily be stored up in your body. You need to keep tabs on your testosterone as when it is balanced your blood sugar levels will be regulated and this in itself is important if you want to shed belly fat.
– Pick Up Your Weight
It common to hear people say that they are unable to lose weight as they would have liked because of their muscle mass.
Fat is not as active as muscle mass that requires more energy. So your metabolism slows down if you lose muscle mass.
It is believed that middle aged people have about 20% less muscle mass than what they had in the early and mid-twenties.
Durbin believes that your muscle mass will expand if you engage in a proper weight training regimen and in the process you will lose weight the same way you did when you were younger.
– Push Yourself To The Limits
You should not take the easy route and you will have to push yourself to the limit. Work out hard enough and sweat it out, make sure you do the entire exercise routine and don’t back down. Losing weight is not an easy task so you have to show the required determination and commitment.
– Take It Easy With Your Joints
The older you get the more pains and aches your body is prone to. If you have a sedentary lifestyle the situation will only be aggravated. You can engage in walking and even water based exercises like Aquafit.
– Watch Your Diet
We need to focus on nutrient-rich foods like vegetables, fruits and lean proteins as we grow older rather than eating empty calories.
– See Your Physical Therapist Often
If you are suffering from arthritis or some form of inflammation of your joints and as a result you have pains and aches, it is best for you to consult a physical therapist who will advise on the most effective exercise regime for you.
– Try To Avoid Stress As Much As You Can
The older we get the more stressful life gets. You are burdened with more responsibilities and this can put a strain on your physical and mental health. This can lead you to eat more and exercise less and therefore gain weight. It will be good for you to establish an exercise routine and stick with it no matter what to avoid this situation.