Elderly Fitness Guide

When one ages, it can be harder to maintain our fitness level. For some, they might notice that a few extra pounds have been piling up and it is harder to shed the weight now as compared to the past. It is vital to pay more attention to our health as we grow older.

It is well-known around the globe, today, that our metabolisms begin to slow to a biological crawl as we get older. Except for the hopes of some sort of miracle, or some extreme technological breakthrough, this is the facts, and we have no choice but to live and accept it as it is.

Medical science, for some time now, has been doing exactly that; trying to find a “cure,” if you will, to the unstoppable process of aging. Studies have, in the last twenty years, hinted as to what causes aging. With continual research, more information can be found and can be used to try to turn back the clock or delay the aging process.

There’s no telling as to when such a breakthrough is going to happen, so until then, it seems that the most sensible thing for a person to do is to use the methods we have in order to stay healthy. It should be of no shock to anyone to know that the two main factors to achieving this goal is proper exercise and a sensible diet.

It is advisable to find a workout routine that suits the individual’s age and health status. It is common and normal to feel some form of discomfort for a few days after an individual starts to exercise, but the discomfort will taper off. Extreme pain is a sign that a person is overexerting themselves, which will not help in the long-run. Find a happy medium.

To have a good physique, you must watch what you eat as well. It is difficult to have a healthy body when one is still chowing down on fatty food?

Some people, after reaching a certain age, have a tendency of eating foods that they would’ve normally have shunned in their earlier years. This sort of treat can be a bonus of sorts after a long time of being strict with oneself. The one thing that goes over-looked by so many, though, is that this can prove very negative in these latter years as our metabolisms slow.

A rule of thumb would be that moderation matters. It is perfectly to grab a snack occasionally and it can be good for your health and mindset. Unsaturated fat is needed to balance hormonal levels and sugars are needed for energy, so they are crucial to our diets.


Eating healthily is only one of the the important aspects; it is important to exercise as well to be really healthy. Even something as simple as walking is suggested to strengthen our cardiovascular systems. This easy activity maintains strength in our joints and keeps it lubricated and makes our muscles strong.

Professionals have proven that those in the 60 or more age group with little to no exercise have only a 60% aerobic capacity of those in the 30 year old age group. Over a period of a decade, it is possible to lose seven pounds of muscle if you do not eat right and exercise. Studies have also proven, though, that this does not have to be the case, as long as we learn how to take better care of ourselves.

Certain medical facilities have examined the effects of runners for the span of twenty-five years, and have shown that the results proved that these runners lost very little capacity over the past twenty years. Even those that engaged in resistance training maintained over a ten year span. This is in accordance with a very popular saying that goes, “Either use it, or lose it.”