As you get older, are you getting better? There are lots of ways to stay vital, attractive and healthy as you age; and the secret isn’t found in a cosmetic surgeon’s office!
Research shows that watching your weight is the single best thing you can do for your current and future health, self-esteem and appearance. It’s never too soon to start laying that healthy groundwork.
Unfortunately, many people find that watching their weight becomes harder as they age. Women at midlife are especially vulnerable to putting on weight around their hips, stomachs and thighs—the unhealthiest spot to accumulate fat. Aging creates a “battle of the bulge” in several ways. First, beginning about age 20, metabolism tends to slow about 2 percent with each decade, reducing our caloric needs. Second, infirmities and ever-busier lives can limit opportunities for regular, vigorous exercise—a key ingredient of physical and emotional health. Lack of exercise tends to also accelerate changes in body composition that mean less muscle mass and more body fat. Less lean tissue means less efficient fat burning.
Being overweight can carry severe consequences for aging adults. Obesity is a major risk factor for early death. Weight around the abdomen poses a particularly strong risk for cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease creates a much higher risk of Type 2 Diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and other life-threatening conditions.
The good news: Anyone can reach and maintain a healthy weight at any age. And now is the time to start!
Start by talking with your doctor. Learn your risks and find out what kind of weight loss plan is right for you. By reaching and keeping a healthy weight, you can take charge of your health, prevent many age-related conditions, and maintain a youthful spirit and energy with every birthday candle you light!
Want more information? The FMH Wellness Center has been providing individuals with weight-loss solutions for more than 20 years. Call 240-379-6020 to see how they can help you.