If you want to stay healthy as you get older do what many of my clients in San Antonio, Texas, do. Make smarter life choices. They know it’s never to late too start making lifestyle changes by working out, eating healthier, getting adequate sleep, drinking more water and more. In fact, you make the decision whether you want to be strong and fit or follow the path we normally attribute to getting older and get frail and weak.
Starting with a healthy diet is the first change to make.
It doesn’t take much thought to improve your diet. It starts by removing processed foods and replacing the food with whole foods. You might think that’s too much work, but you’d be surprised at how easy it is to do. If you have an air cooker, just toss in a chicken that has a slight coating of coconut oil and seasoning, flip it when you’re half way through and you have the meat for several meals. Hone your chopping and dicing skills to prepare fresh fruit and vegetables. Cut out sugar and soft drinks and replace them with fresh fruits. It’s not all you can do, but it’s a great start.
Begin a program of exercise.
Whether you come into my gym or do it on your own, just do it. If you’re completely out of shape, start simple. Take a walk every day and as the weeks pass, increase your speed and distance. You need strength training to prevent loss of muscle and osteoporosis. When you’re working out at home, if you don’t have weights, fill plastic milk jugs or detergent bottles with sand, adding more sand as you get fitter. Stretch more. The best way to get fit faster and safer is with a program of fitness based on your present needs, goals and fitness level. I can help you. Even if you’re completely out of shape, we have a solution to get you to your peak performance.
Drink more water.
I can’t emphasize this enough, drink more water. The older you are, the more susceptible to dehydration you are and even worse, the less thirsty you’ll feel. Signs of dehydration include feeling tired, dry mouth, headache, dizziness, mental confusion, dry skin, few or no tears and even increased hunger. Often thirst is mistaken for hunger. While not all cases of dementia occur because of dehydration, some do! You’ll flush out the toxins from the body and feel more alert when you drink more water. It’s especially important if you’re working out hard and sweating.
- A good night’s sleep is particularly important. If you don’t get adequate sleep, it not only brings on mental confusion, it can make you eat more by messing with your satiety and hunger hormones.
- What you drink is just as important as what you eat. Soft drinks can add pound and studies show that even diet soft drinks add inches to your waistline. That’s called visceral fat and the most dangerous type of fat.
- If you smoke, quit! It’s tough to do and can take a long time, but it’s worth it. If you drink more than a few drinks a week, cut back. I don’t even have to tell you the dangers of illegal drugs.
- If you’re confused or don’t know where to start, come in to see us at Iron Fit. We offer a free three day pass to see if you enjoy it and great low priced 28 day program.