There are many benefits that come with aging, but unfortunately, a slower metabolism is on the cards as well. Even if you keep up your regular dieting and exercise plan, you will be still be set to gain two pounds each year, simply due to the fact that you are aging. While you cannot reverse the age-related changes to metabolism completely, there are some tips you can follow for boosting metabolism as you age!
You know what they say: if you don’t use it, you lose it. If you have never been a very active person, now is the time to get moving more than ever before. For instance, instead of taking the elevator in buildings, consider taking the stairs instead.
Schedule more time engaging in physical activity, whether that’s working in the garden, taking a leisurely stroll or playing outdoors with your grandkids. If you are already in the habit of keeping fit, boosting your activity level by an hour every day can help!
Watch When You Eat
You may think that skipping meals can help your metabolism, but that is actually counterproductive. When you skip meals, especially breakfast, this keeps your metabolism in the slower state that it was in while you were sleeping. In order to keep your metabolism levels up, it helps to spread out your meals and snacks throughout the day so that you are eating every few hours. This is something to keep in mind if you are not keen on eating heavy meals.
Get Good Sleep
Did you know that when your body is sleep deprived, it actually starts to slow down your metabolism rates? The purpose of this is to conserve energy. In order to avoid this, getting a good night sleep is in your best interests. If you find that you start to experience problems with sleeping as you age, consider implementing a familiar daily routine and preparing a conducive environment for sleep.
Work Out Your Entire Body
There’s a link between how lean your muscles are and your metabolism rates. If you are simply working out the same muscle group all the time, you are not going to get the best results, that’s for sure. When you engage in activities that work out more than one muscle group at a time, you will increase your lean muscle mass on top of burning more calories.
If you are unsure what type of activity will work best for you based on your individual abilities and health condition, you can always run them by your doctor before proceeding!
Make the Move to an Active Independent Community
Having trouble keeping motivated while aging in place? Or is it hard to access the equipment, facilities and instruction you require? When you make the move to an active independent living community with a health & fitness program, keeping in tiptop physical condition has never been easier. Making the move can be one of the best decisions you ever make for yourself, so come and discover what it’s all about today!