If you’re letting the bathroom scale affect your mentality when it comes to fitness and dieting, stop that. Seriously, while this is true for everyone, it should be especially pertinent to those of us in our later years.
Being fit isn’t about the number on your scale, it’s about taking care of yourself and living a healthy lifestyle. There are certain things – like our shape and weight – that are a part of who we are. They change when we change, and they are not things we can or should try to “fix” with short-term solutions.
Buying into a new workout trend – or worse, a fad diet – often becomes short lived. And that means it won’t have any positive effects on our long-term health. Some supposed quick fixes are even damaging to it.
So, if you’re worried about your weight, perhaps you should consider making lasting, positive changes.
One of the most vital parts of staying fit, whether you’re trying to lose weight or not, is to exercise.
As we age, it’s not uncommon to feel like our bodies have become less capable. However, whether or not that’s due to actual age-related decline or not is dubious. In many cases, it could just be the fact that we don’t move around as much as we used to.
We’re not saying you should jump right into a high-intensity cardio class, but you do need activity and movement. Start slow, if necessary, by simply going for a walk every day.
Minding What You Eat
Most trendy weight loss diets either don’t work or aren’t healthy – especially those that tout near instant results. Instead, we should simply mind what we eat and ensure we consume a healthy, balanced diet.
This means avoiding processed foods, eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and cutting back on red meat and refined sugars. Some good, long-term diets, such as the Mediterranean diet and the Planetary diet, embrace these principles better than most.
Holding Yourself Accountable
Just because you know what you should eat doesn’t mean you will though. That’s why it’s important to keep track of what you eat. These days there are many great smartphone apps developed for this very purpose.
By recording everything you eat, it encourages you to pay closer attention to your diet. Eventually, you start to put more thought into your dietary choices.
Plus, most of these apps can also help you count calories, so you can stay within a healthy range. This makes your weight goals much easier to reach.
Being healthy, which includes reaching a healthy weight, involves commitment. Maintaining healthy dietary habits and regularly exercising should be looked at the same way you view other aspects of your daily routine.
You don’t go on a tooth brushing diet, do you? You can’t simply brush your teeth for a month and then stop because they seem whiter. You have to keep doing it every day to prevent cavities and decay. Just like brushing your teeth, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a lifetime commitment.
And while you can treat yourself to occasional indulgences, it should be in moderation.
Are you committed to improving your overall health? What hurdles have you struggled with and what obstacles have you overcome? Do you have any special tips or tricks for eating healthy or exercising regularly? Let us know in the comments below.