Fit over 40? Yes, it is possible! However, staying healthy and fit once you reach 40 can be daunting and feel like an uphill battle. You experience a decline in energy and your metabolism slows down. Personally, this has been the biggest struggle for me!! As a result what happens? Yep, weight gain that adversely impacts your health and overall well-being. But the good news is that you do not have to experience a downward spiral once you reach this age milestone. In fact, you can be healthy, fit, and in great shape over 40. Many boast about being in better shape in their 40s than in their 20s and 30s. So what’s the secret?
Mind over matter
90% of the battle is within your own mind! Think about it. How easy is it to come up with excuses as to why you cannot eat better and find time to exercise? We do this all the time and the excuses are endless. But finding solutions is actually the hard part. Why? Because it requires dedication, discipline, and commitment. We need to schedule and plan ahead to circumvent excuses. Yes, we all have busy lives, but our health and fitness will impact the quality of our lives. Isn’t that what’s important? So we need to discipline our minds to think “healthy” to establish the appropriate mindset to live a healthy and fit lifestyle.
Do not reach for soda, coffee, or juice to quench your thirst. Reach for water instead. Water helps to cleanse the body from impurities and it can also help you to control your appetite. Did you know that what you think is hunger may in fact be your body telling you that its thirsty? So stay hydrated. Aim to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces. (e.g: weight = 120, drink 60oz of water)
Food & Nutrition
After 40, energy levels decline, so choosing foods that provide the energy needed without empty calories is important. Therefore, it is imperative to consume nutrient dense food consisting of protein, healthy fats, and carbs. However, we live in a world that values fast food, tasty treats, and processed foods. Therefore, healthy meals and snacks should be planned ahead of time in order to avoid the surrounding temptations. For ideas on the types of foods to consume, read my previous articles on the 5 staples for your freezer and what to stock in your refrigerator and pantry.
Exercise is the best way to boost your metabolism. Whether you prefer to walk, go to the gym, or workout at home, you have to be consistent. Prepare a reasonable schedule for yourself in advance and post it where you can see it. I prepare my schedule each week and post it on my wall so there is no question in my mind what needs to be done. That’s what works for me. Be realistic and make adjustments accordingly. Just do not skip your workout. That is not an option!
STAY ENCOURAGED! Being healthy and fit over 40 is attainable. Once you commit and stay focused, the rest will fall into place.
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Copyright 2016 Nichole Michele