No matter what your age, there are basic steps to take and simple behaviors to help you get into shape. Here are four key tips to help you get fit and stay fit!
1. Weight Training
This helps slow the process of losing muscle and bone density. Weight training helps improve mobility because added muscle helps burn your body fat. The more muscle you add, the more calories your body burns. As we age, our metabolism will slow down and we start losing muscle mass, and bone density. This is especially true for women after menopause. Resistance (strength) training is one of the best anti-aging defenses available!
2. Proper Nutrition
Eat foods that are low in fat and high in fiber. Which includes whole-grain breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables. Be sure to include moderate amounts of low-fat dairy products, along with protein from meat, fish and beans, in your diet. Also, drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water daily controls body temperature and flushes out toxins.
3. Great Supplements
Calcium and multipurpose vitamins are a great way to ensure you are getting the minerals you need. Calcium is important at any age but, it’s even more important as we get older because it is a mineral that builds strong bones and helps prevent osteoporosis. Keep in mind that supplements should not be taken to replace eating. Their purpose is to supplement your regular daily diet plan. Ask your physician which supplements will work best for you.
4. Aerobic Exercise
Walking, running, swimming and biking are all methods of aerobic exercise. These activities are beneficial for the heart, lungs and all muscles, including your brain. Your heart gains strength over time with regular aerobic activity and is able to pump a greater volume of oxygen-rich blood with each beat. With more blood passing through your brain and muscles, you will feel more alert. Recent studies show that aerobic exercise helps increases memory.
Source: Ebony Magazine