Let’s take a closer look at how the body changes over the course of a lifetime in respect to your diet and exercise programming.
It seems that exercising in general can be hard, but when you are 20 or 30 years old, it is a lot easier to workout at an intensity that gets you results. Fitness levels should be higher in earlier years, meaning that you can do more with less effort. Running is much easier during this time, cardiovascular health can be much higher if trained properly, and your overall strength levels are higher. In addition, high-intensity training is popular in younger years and this type of exercise will get you results fast.
One great thing about being younger is that injuries tend to occur less frequently and when you actually have an injury, it tends to heal in a timely manner. Injuries are a natural part of life and is a side effect of a healthy lifestyle in the fitness world.
This is a misconception from many people. You hear older adults telling younger kids that they can eat whatever they want because of a high metabolism. While there is truth that younger adults tend to have a higher metabolism, it does not mean that younger adults can eat anything and everything in sight. Adults in their 20s and 30s are at risk from becoming obese and pre-diabetic as a result of a diet high in fats, sugars, and processed foods. So what should younger adults eat? How should a younger adult exercise? Listed below are some diet and fitness tips to help guide the younger individual into a healthy lifestyle.
The perks of a sound fitness routine in decades prior makes exercising in the 40s and beyond much easier. As the ageing body reaches 40 years and continues on, the body goes through changes that require some adjustments with a healthy lifestyle. For example, fitness levels tend to decrease as you age, with some research to say that it can decrease up to 5.5 percent every ten years.
While this may not sound like a large drop in your fitness, this is the difference between being able to go on a long jog and digressing into a brisk walk for exercise. Take the change in fitness as the body ages as a time to find something new that you enjoy and love. If you were a runner, then take up walking. If you enjoy bike riding, then continue with this if your body is capable.
Compared to younger years when diets were meant to lose weight; when you reach 40 years and older, your diet becomes something of importance. During this stage of your life, your diet will need to be healthier than from before to prevent weight gain. As you reach your 40s, 50s, and beyond, your metabolism will have a slower absorption rate in the small intestine and due to lessened food variety in the diet. This slower metabolism means you might feel fatigued during times when you normally never used to be.
Your diet should contain as many whole nutrients as possible. This means more fruits and vegetables daily as well as consuming lean meat, more fiber, and staying hydrated. The nutrients your body takes in when you reach mid-age really should help with the ageing process. The lean meat is important for preventing clogged arteries, the fiber helps prevent colon problems including cancer, and hydration (yes, water is a nutrient) helps improve skin tone and keep body processes high functioning.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle as you get older is within reach and if you are at least 40 years old then consider the helpful hints below to help keep your diet in check.
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