Weight Gain in Old Age: It Doesn’t Have to Happen to You.

Many people, even those who were healthy when they were younger, start to gain weight as they hit middle age. It may be that you’ve gotten too busy to exercise, or an injury kept you from a sport you once loved.

As the pounds creep on, you may think that such weight gain is inevitable and irreversible. Neither is true.

If you haven’t yet started gaining weight, there’s no need to start. And even if you’ve packed on some midlife or later life pounds, there’s no reason to accept them as a part of your life that will be there forever.

Even if you’ve never exercised much before and wouldn’t consider yourself a health nut, it’s still very possible for you to trim away the excess fat, without any crazy diets or expensive health club plans.

The key is to find a fitness program that works for you, that’s designed for baby boomers or other people of advancing age who want to work out in a way that’s not going to cause injury and that’s healthy for someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience with physical activity.

The worst thing you can do when it comes to your health and increasing weight is nothing. Once the pounds start piling on, they’re going to keep coming unless you make a change. And lest you think you’re going to have to start eating strange foods you can’t pronounce or spending hours on an exercise machine, know that small changes will net you big results.

The point is to tip the balance away from that slow and steady (or even fast and furious) weight gain and to start moving in the right direction, toward fitness and wellness and the active lifestyle you want for yourself as long as possible.

The more weight you gain in your later years, the more joint pain you will have, the harder it will be to do the things you want to do, and the more potential you have for developing diseases that will shorten your life.

But you can turn it around, and you really must turn it around if you want to be able to enjoy those “golden years” when you have the time to do the things you’ve always wanted to do in life.

Start small and let your healthy changes build on each other. You might start by changing from white bread to wheat bread, eating a piece of fruit each day or walking for 20 or 30 minutes every evening. From there you can build with other healthy habits, once you start to see how much better you look and feel once those first changes have been made.

Every action builds upon the others, and it’s your choice: do you want to keep building the life where you weigh more than you want and aren’t able to do what you want, or do you want to build a life where you are healthy and fit for the rest of your life?

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