1. Be careful what you put into your body. Proper nutrition helps your body cooperate with your fitness goals. It’s no use working out in the gym for an hour then going home and eating a tub of ice cream. Unless you are one of those people who can eat whatever you want and never gain a pound. A balanced diet of macronutrients – carbs, healthy fats and proteins—combined with micronutrients—fruits, vegetables and other foods containing vitamins and minerals—will keep you in good shape.
2. Don’t skip meals. In their effort to stay slim, some women tend to skip meals. This is not a good idea. Skipping meals, breakfast for instance, slows down your metabolism. Your body says, the next time she feeds me, I’m going to store some of that fat in case she starves me again. The result is you gain, rather than lose weight. Skipping meals may also lead to snacking between meals or overeating at your next meal.
5. Keep a fitness journal. This helps you keep track of how you are doing. You may absent-mindedly reach for a pack of chips or accept a cookie from a co-worker. There’s nothing wrong with doing this occasionally, but when you write it down, you can see how many you have had and know if you need to apply the brakes. Journaling also helps you avoid emotional eating, as sometimes happens to perimenopausal or postmenopausal women.
6. Stay committed. The true test of being fab over 50 is to stay committed. Journaling can help you do that, as well as enlisting the support of your loved ones and friends. By staying committed, you will get to the point where going a day without exercise or consuming sugary foods seems strange to you.
Maintaining your appearance and your health does not come easy. It takes some effort at first, but by following the above tips, you can wear your age with pride. Proper nutrition, daily exercise and rest, combined with the support of your loved ones will help you achieve your goal of being fit and fab over 50 … and beyond.
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