Have the pounds starting creeping up on you? We often ask ourselves how it’s possible to add weight, lose strength and muscle tone without changing our consumption or lifestyle. The unfortunate reality is that our metabolisms begin to slow as we age. Many health experts agree that the state of your overall health in your early 50’s is an indicator of the quality of your life for the next twenty to thirty years. That can certainly be a sobering wake up call for many aging adults. Make the commitment today to ramp up your metabolism and set the course for a healthy and happy rest of your life. We often say we wish we could combine our youthful physiques with our matured perspectives. While that’s not entirely possible, getting in optimum physical shape for your age certainly is. Follow these recommendations from the health and wellness experts to jump start your path to a strong metabolism and active lifestyle. There is no better time than today to get started.
The first step is to get off the couch and literally start taking steps. Invest in a pair of quality, well-fitting, athletic shoes and commit to taking a twenty-minute brisk walk every day. Bring along a friend, your favorite canine, or a pair of earbuds to listen to your favorite tunes or audible book. While it’s important to maintain a brisk pace, don’t focus on speed or distance. The initial goal is to simply develop the healthy habit of daily condensed activity that elevates your heart rate. Within a few weeks you’ll begin to feel the side effects. Increased energy levels, muscle strength and potential weight loss are all byproducts of consistent exercise. After three weeks of steady, brisk walking, begin to introduce speed burst every 5 minutes for a duration of 2 minutes. This will further elevate your heart rate and raise your metabolism.
Don’t sabotage your new exercise regime by making poor food choices. The single greatest boost you can make towards healthy eating choices is to eliminate fast food meals and sugary sodas from your daily meal selections. Our bodies simply are not engineered to process copious amounts of added sugars and sodium. Weight gain, bloating, mood swings and high blood pressure can all be contributed to excess sugar and sodium consumption. Replace sugary sodas with fresh water spiked with lemon or limes slices. Enjoy fresh vegetables and lean proteins in lieu of fast food meals. Food quantity is just as important as quality. Vegetable serving should be roughly the size of your open palm and protein servings should be roughly the size of your fist. Keep healthy snacks on hand. Fruit and nuts, in limited quantities are both healthy snacks. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select from the healthy snacks available from Weight Watchers at your local grocery store.
Finally, invest in your relationships. Strong mental health is just as important as physical health. Rich relationships add tremendous quality to our lives. Best of luck to you on your journey to increase your metabolism and jump start a healthy rest of your life!