Looking after your body becomes even more important when you reach the age of 65. Whilst dieting aims alter over time – you’re perhaps not aiming for a bikini body rather than improved flexibility, a healthy heart and balanced diet – it’s nevertheless crucial to keep on top of your health and wellbeing whatever age you are. Dieting in your older years requires a keen awareness of your abilities and health conditions. But if you go the right way about it, you can be just as fit in your 60s as you were twenty years before.
Visit Your Doctor
If you’re thinking about dieting, it’s a wise idea to visit your doctor before taking on any significant changes to your regular consumption or exercise routine. Dieting can be hugely beneficial to your long term health, especially if you have a bit of extra weight to shed, but it’s important to be careful. Losing too much weight can make your immune system vulnerable and impact your energy levels, so think about the goals that you want to achieve in taking on a new regime. If you want to improve the look and feel of body, go for long term lifestyle changes rather than short term fixes. Remember that slow and steady wins the race.
Exercise: Slow and Steady
Depending on your level of mobility, you might still be able to do regular exercise such as running and cycling. Little and often is the trick with exercise when you’re older, and the benefits can be countless.
Low impact sports such as swimming and yoga that can improve your flexibility and strength with minimal strain on your body are excellent ways to keep fit. Most towns and cities have exercise classes such as aqua fit and yoga if you want some group motivation, and the social aspect of such classes can also be very enjoyable. Meanwhile there are plenty of exercise videos catering specifically for the older fitness fanatic if you’d rather exercise at home. If you or your loved one does suffer from limited mobility, there are still lots of options to help you with a diet and fitness plan.
Get advice from your doctor and search for exercises that fit around your condition. From chair exercises to slow and steady walks, gentle weights for strength-building to low impact sports such as yoga, you can still work a fitness regime around your lifestyle if you suffer from reduced mobility. It just takes a little more creativity.
You might be blessed with a healthy body that doesn’t have any special requirements with old age. However many people develop conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and more during their lifetime.
Regardless of any special conditions, try to incorporate a balanced diet that includes lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, and foods rich in starch, fiber and iron. Say no to excessive amounts of salt, and just be sensible. This isn’t to say that you can’t enjoy the foods that you love; one of the joys of being retired is eating out more. However a motif of ‘everything in moderation’ and an increased awareness of achieving a balanced diet is important as you get older. Meanwhile, beware of fad diets if you’re aged 65 or over. The younger body might be able to cope with crash diets, weird and wonderful eating habits, and other quick fixes, but it isn’t recommended to change your eating habits dramatically as a pensioner. Unless recommended by your doctor.
The Sleep Diet!
Dieting can be tiring, and finding the energy to follow a healthy lifestyle can be difficult if you aren’t gettingenough sleep. Don’t underestimate the importance of a good night’s kip if you’re aged over 65.
Although many pensioners experience trouble with this, there are many ways around poor sleep patterns, from daytime naps to altering your consumption habits before bedtime. You might even find that regular exercise helps you to overcome problems with your sleeping patterns, one of the main benefits that a healthy lifestyle can have for people of all ages. Keeping fit and healthy when you hit 65 not only helps to improve your fitness, strength and flexibility, it can also be a fun way to fill your days. Cooking fresh food, enjoying afternoon siestas, and getting some fresh air with daily exercise all release happy chemicals in your body that will have you looking and feeling good.
So listen to your body and be sensible with your methods to make dieting a long term lifestyle change that can have a magnificent impact on your health.
About the author:
You have been reading a guest blog post by Harold Rigby, a health, lifestyle and entertainment writer dedicated to improving the well being of those over 65.