"I like food! When I was in my 20’s I could eat and drink whatever I wanted and I would never gain an ounce. Now that I am in my 50’s I just have to look at a margarita and I gain weight. I would like an exercise program that enables me to eat and drink whatever I want. Where do we start?"
As a personal trainer, I don’t hear this exact phrase, but I hear similar messages regularly. My answer? If you want to do 5 hours of cardio every day plus an hour of weight training each day you may be able to eat whatever you want and not gain a lot of weight. The reality is you will likely still gain weight with that attitude.
When you are in your 40’s and 50’s and beyond, very few people can out-exercise a bad diet and still stay lean. Very few people can pull that off…Actually I haven’t met anyone in their middle age who can pull it off. That being said there may be a few people out there who are in their 50’s and eat fast food every day and love to drink alcohol regularly and they never gain an ounce. I just haven’t met them yet.
As we age our metabolism slows down partly due to hormones and partly due to our ever-increasing demands from career and family commitments. These commitments inevitably crowd out our daily exercise sessions.
To combat this, my best advice is to focus on a more healthy diet. You don’t have to have a perfect nutritional diet overnight. If we want to stay lean or lose weight and get back to how we were in our 20’s, to do this throughout our middle age and into our senior years, then each year we need to figure out how to make adjustments to our eating while increasing our activity levels.
Nutritionally sound eating and habitual regular daily exercise doesn’t always happen overnight. For most of us, it is a process. Do your best each day. Some days you will do great. Some days you will fall off the wagon. Each morning you start again with a clean slate and try again. Keep on trying until you find a system that works for you. Or you might consider help from a personal trainer or registered dietitian…Quick practical, but not necessarily politically correct tip? If your trainer or dietitian can’t lose weight for themselves, perhaps they aren’t the best role model for you. Choose someone who is educated, personable, dependable, professional and walks their talk.
In-Home Personal Training in Edmonton, Alberta
Fit ‘N’ Well Personal Training Inc is a group of skilled personal trainers providing personalized exercise plans, in-home fitness training for seniors, weight loss programs and in-home or gym personal training services in the Edmonton area. Their goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating provided by their health coaches, fitness coaches and through different programs supported by the fitness articles Fit ‘N’ Well Personal Training Inc team has written.
They also provide in-home personal training exercises and fitness programs done in your home and also available in selected gyms around the Edmonton area. Because seniors can potentially lose muscle strength over the years caused by aging our senior’s personal training includes programs that promote exercises for seniors at home. It is very important they are provided with an effective fitness training program to build back muscle and strength to achieve a good optimum lifestyle.
Fit ‘N’ Well Personal Training Inc also provides in-home personal training for people who want to exercise at the privacy of their own home.