By January 8, 2012

Dieting Over Fifty – It’s More Important than Ever

Dieting and getting in shape becomes even more important over the age of fifty. It’s important for people of any age to exercise and eat right, but the dangers of being out of shape become even more real the older you get.

Extra weight increases the threats of diabetes, heart problems, and stroke. This is especially true if you have a family history of health problems. The only real way to fight these problems is to take care of yourself.

If you’re like a lot of over fifty people you may not be as active as you use to be. Plus, sometimes it takes even more exercise to achieve the same results as it did when you were younger. As age progresses, your metabolism slows down more and more. You’re also less active in your day to day life. When was the last time you took part in an impromptu football game or played a game of tennis? Maybe it’s time to pull the bicycle out of the back of the garage and start riding again.

Your body has also reached the point that you can’t put off weight loss any longer. Think about it; would it be a lot easier to put off your current weight if you were thirty again? Of course it would. You’d answer the same if questioned about the age fifty, at the age of seventy. It’s only going to get harder. The longer you wait, the less exercises you’ll be able to do, and you’ll be able to do them much less often throughout the week. If you get rid of the weight now, it will be much easier to keep it off as the years go on, as opposed to how hard it would be to lose the weight entirely in another decade or two, when it becomes potentially life threatening. Maintaining an ideal weight is always easier than trying to lose weight.

Type 2 diabetes is a rising epidemic and extra weight is thought to be a leading cause of the disease. Being overweight also contributes to heart disease and strokes. We like to diet when we’re young to look sexier or so we can wear skinny jeans. But the stakes are much higher as we get older. Though a side benefit is we still look sexier after we lose the extra weight!

Be sure not to skip your annual check-up as you get older, as well. You’ll want to keep a closer eye on your blood pressure, glucose levels, cholesterol, and your overall health in general.

It’s hard to start eating right and exercising if you’ve put it off this long, but again; it’s only going to get harder. And it’s a lot easier to nip health risks like heart disease in the bud before they occur, than it is to try and get rid of such a problem once it’s taken hold. Even a late start at living healthy can add years and years onto your life. It’s never too late to start living a healthier lifestyle. Take a look at one of our diets that work and get going!