There comes a certain age where you start realizing that things start slowing down and start becoming more difficult. For example, it has proven that your metabolism slows down significantly after a certain age. Additionally, it becomes harder to lose fat and gain muscle. For some, this can be extremely discouraging. For others, this can be a motivation to work harder than ever before to remain physically and mentally healthy.
However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that you can do to increase your chances of losing weight and becoming healthier. After all, you aren’t 20 anymore, right?
Here are some tips for those of you who are over 40 and are trying to lose weight.
Be AwareOne of the greatest actions that you can take in order to being losing weight is to be aware. That’s right – KNOW that you want to lose weight, and KNOW what is going on in your body. The popular phrase, “What you don’t know won’t hurt you” does not apply to losing weight. Make regular appointments to see your local doctor to ensure that you know everything that you need to about your health and overall body weight. This means fat, muscle, diseases, etc.
If you know exactly what you want to achieve, it will be much easier to make clear, concise goals in order to achieve your goals.In this case, what you don’t know will surely harm you in the long run and it will definitely prevent any kind of plans and action to take place.
Before you reach a certain age you can jump into a workout (although it isn’t advised) without stretching. Also, what is cardio? Younger men don’t need to run and stretch constantly, but it’s something that is very smart to get into (if you haven’t already) when you reach 40. Why? Well, there are studies that prove stretching being one of the healthiest things you can do for your joints and muscles.
As far as cardio (aerobics) goes, it is vital that you keep your heart pumping and working hard. Not only will this keep your heart I shape, but it will attack your fat and burn those extra stubborn calories that always stick around.You will be shocked as to what 30 minutes of cardio a day can do for your health and life.
Warming UpJust like with stretching, warming up is one of those things that is essential when you turn a certain age. Take the extra ten minutes to warm up before your workout to avoid any injuries and to ensure that you get the most out of your workout.
The consequences of not warming up include hurting yourself, and not being able to lift as much as you could have if you took the time to warm up.Some simple things that you can do to warm up are taking the bar (without any weight) and repping it out in full motion.
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Lose The CarbsOne of the easiest ways to increase your overall body fat percentage after a certain age is to eat a lot of carbs. An even faster way is to eat a lot of unhealthy carbs. So, make sure to watch what you’re eating.
Making healthy food choices can benefit your overall health (everything from fat loss, to avoiding heart problems and clogged arteries). As a general rule you should always watch what you are eating. One thing that you can do in order to ensure you make healthy food choices but still enjoy what you eat is to have certain days (or times of the day) where you are allowed to eat certain “unhealthy” foods to leverage out all of the healthiness. For example, you can eat very healthy for three days, and then have one day where you don’t necessarily have to eat extremely healthy (treat yourself on this day). Some have found that this method works very well for motivation and weight-loss.
Consider CoolsculptingCoolsculpting is one of the best ways to get rid of that stubborn fat without any surgery or cuts. This is a cosmetic procedure that focuses on freezing the fat that you have (as opposed to “burning it”) and allowing the fat cells to die and therefore get rid of fat in the most natural way possible.
This procedure is for both men and women who are in shape, but have that extra fat that they just want to get rid of once and for all.
About the author:Anna Inslee currently resides in Florida and is a motivational writer for various blogs and news outlets. Some of her specialties include Coolsculpting, fitness, and beauty.