As people age, most will reminisce on the times in their lives when they were at their ideal body weight, and envy how great they once looked in their favourite outfit while flipping through old photographs. Losing weight as you age can become tough as your metabolism will naturally slow down and you won’t burn calories or fat like you have previously in your twenties.
Regardless of your age, it is most definitely possible to trim down to your ideal weight, you just have to understand your body and how to use it to work for you. We recommend that you discuss this first with your doctor to make sure that it is safe for you to exercise. Whether you’re looking to fit back into your favourite outfit or preparing for a special event, here are 3 tips to help seniors lose weight.
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In order to lose weight, you must engage in exercise that is going to help you burn calories. One of the best ways to do this is by increasing the amount of aerobic exercise you’re completing. Examples of this are: going for a walk with friends, taking a water aerobics class, going for a bike ride or even going for a run. The beauty of aerobic exercise is that it gets the heart pumping and blood flowing, it gets you outside in nature, and it can also be a very social activity that requires very little equipment.
To get the best results, the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommends people aged 65 years and over should aim to achieve 150-minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise, in 10-minute bouts or more. Mark it down in your calendar, prepare your favourite workout outfit and then grab a friend and do some exercise together.
In order to help lose weight, you should be exercising at a pace where you’re breaking a sweat and finding it a bit more difficult to hold a conversation. Regardless of what your favourite aerobic exercise may be, get out there, and get the heart pumping to help burn calories and lose weight.