It's Fitness Friday. Sandy of God Speaks Today started Fitness Friday and she's had many requests from other bloggers who want to join in. So, now she's going to do the Mr. Linky thing so we can all write and link to each other's posts. This is so good because more people will write about ways to get fit and more importantly ...healthy.
I'd like to focus on aging today. It may not be a very popular topic of conversation because most people want to stay and look young. But take it from someone who has noticed a few body changes; it happens to us all. Can you still be fit and healthy as you get older? I believe you can but you'll have to make a few adjustments.
Remember when you were just graduating from high school?
This was me, way back in 1971. I know, I know ...that was probably before many of you were even born. I guess I could actually be your mom, right?
I even twirled with a fire baton! Can you believe that? It's true.
At this point in my life, I burned lots of calories. So if I overindulged occasionally it didn't make much of a difference in my weight.
Well, now it's many years later. And I have to say, I'm not as active as I used to be.
Sometimes, this is how you might find my hubby and me. That's not really us in that photo. But it could be us since we're on our computers most days.Because of this, I have to schedule in my exercise. Because if I just sit and work, I'll gain weight.
Here's what happens. As we age, our bodies need less calories. That's because we progressively lose muscle mass. It's a function of age. Our metabolic rates (the energy used to perform basic body functions) drops by about 10% by the age of 75. In addition, as we get older people tend to be less active physically.
So, we don't need as many calories as we get older.
You have a choice to make.
Eat less to maintain your weight.
Or exercise more so you can consume the calories you're used to eating.
Something has to give ...or else you're going to get fat as you get older.
Sometimes, it's hard to be objective about ourselves. We look around us and see how our friends look. And we all look about the same.
But let's be realistic. We often see ourselves as we once were.
Since we are all getting older each day, let's get in the habit of becoming more active. Get outside and go for a walk. Ride your bicycle. Swim laps. Just get moving.
And make healthy choices in what you eat, especially if you're cutting back on the calories.
Don't forget. According to the American Heart Association, walk more + eat well = live longer. And it's never too late to get started.
Now, don't forget to hop over and visit Sandy of God Speaks Today to link to other participating blogs on this Fitness Friday. Have a great weekend!