The Importance of Diet and Exercise for Senior Weight Loss

Senior weight loss starts with deciding on a good diet plan. A balanced and healthy diet involves improving your eating habits by eating healthier foods.

You can start by including fish, fresh fruits, and vegetables into your diet. You should also eat smaller meals, cut down on fat intake, and eat breakfast every morning. By making these simple changes, you’ll lose weight in no time.

After you have created a good healthy diet, you should start up a workout routine as well to get to your weight loss goal much faster. Besides that, there are many other benefits of exercise for seniors as well.

The Benefits of Exercise

#1: Performing exercises boosts weight loss by burning up carbohydrates in your body.

#2: Physical exercise tones your body. Toning is essential for those who want to lose weight, since you probably would rather not want to be slim and flabby. The goal is to be slender with firm skin and muscles.

#3: Working out is one of the most effective ways to get to sleep at night. You will see that when you sleep it will be deep; there won’t be any tossing, or waking up at all during your sleep.

#4: Physical exercise relieves stress and anxiety.

#5: Exercise helps heart health by improving the body’s blood circulation.

#6: Exercise produces endorphins in your brain that will make you feel happy and full of energy.

Simple Ways to Exercise for Seniors

Exercise is a term that many people cannot stand. Most people will devote hours to thinking about reasons to avoid physical exercise.

Exercise really should not be tedious or expensive. It needs to be fun and something to look toward or else you’ll quit before you know it.

When you think about exercise, you probably think of it as a long five mile jog or two hour workout at the gym, but a proper exercise routine does not need to involve any of those activities.

Below are a couple of different ways to make exercise an enjoyable and worthwhile experience, especially for seniors:

  • Cut the grass.
  • Rake leaves.
  • Set up a tiny vegetable or flower garden. Growing plants will involve a great deal of stooping, bending, and walking. The main benefit of senior gardening, besides exercise, is that you can enjoy all those lovely flowers growing in your lawn or enjoy fresh vegetables from your garden that you can add to your healthy diet plan as well.
  • Household chores are not something we like to do, however it must be done. On the bright side, you can think of housework as exercise since tasks like vacuuming and mopping both burns off those extra calories.

From the list above you can see that there are lots of ways to workout that don’t take a lot time, and that are manageable by just about everyone.

After that weight starts to disappear, you will end up even more motivated to carry on with that healthy eating habit and doing exercises.

 

By keeping up with an exercise routine and healthy diet plan, you will attain your weight loss goal and be able to maintain your new body.

Before trying out any diet or workout plan, be sure to speak to your physician first. Your doctor will create a senior exercise plan customized to fit your needs.

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