How to Stay Healthier When Reaching Middle Age

The dreaded middle-age spread is a real thing for people reaching their 40s and 50s who find that they have more weight around the middle than they’d like. Staying healthy when getting older is harder to do. We’re usually smarter about healthy eating and exercise, but we’re also stuck in our ways and often very slow to get out of our comfort zones too! When not exercising or focusing on eating in a healthful way, then all the smarts in the world won’t help you.

Here are a few things to try to improve your overall health and well-being when not a spring chicken any more.

Eat & Drink Healthy

Taking care of your health starts with what you put into your body. There are many different approaches to take here. Recently, some people have had success with a ketogenic diet that restricts carbohydrates. That in turn encourages the body to burn through fat stores instead of using sugar for fuel. It is pretty restrictive though, and not always easy to maintain. Generally, looking at the amount of saturated fat, sugar and salt consumption is a good idea as well.  

It's easy to slip badly and believe that we’re taking better care of our diet than we really are. Reassess to know the truth about your diet reality. A food diary can help you track what you're eating.  Sometimes, if you’ve put on a few pounds, it's because at some point you’ve overindulged. You should adjust your eating and drinking habits to improve your health and weight.

Don’t Exercise? Start with Walking

When you haven’t done any major exercise for several months, your fitness level may have declined significantly from where it once was. To avoid injury, you must take it slow. Begin by stretching your body out to loosen up the muscles and release pent up tension. There’s no harm in running through a good stretching routine for 5-10 minutes to avoid pulling a muscle when exercising. Don’t overdo the stretching, because you don’t want to injure a tendon. Stay within your limits.

A good way to get back into action is to begin a walking routine. Taking a stroll in the park or around the neighborhood is fine. Get the heart rate up, and get your legs and arms used to being pushed more than they have been recently in everyday life. Gradually increase the distance you cover each day, and then increase the speed of your walking. Use a pedometer app on your smartphone to track how many steps you take and plan to increase the step count daily.

Progress to Strenuous Workouts

When you’re ready, move up to packaged exercise programs suited to your fitness level. Choosing a training package through a subscription, for exercises that you can run through at home, in the park, or at the gym is easy through The site covers many different fitness programs from qualified fitness instructors.  The programs will get your heart rate up to help burn calories. Just choose the best program for your needs. You can also move up to a more advanced program as your fitness level and flexibility continues to improve.

Dealing with a mid section that’s grown progressively larger as you’ve aged, becomes increasingly harder to deal with as you get older. It takes more of an effort and you should prepare yourself for a few more aches and pains than you had when exercising a decade ago. Nevertheless, it’s possible to get real results when putting time and effort into the process.  The sooner you start working out again, the better!

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