Good nutrition and regular exercise is important for everyone of all ages but we should pay particular attention as we are ageing, especially over the age of 50. Our dietary requirements can change for many different reasons but as we age both men and women become prone to certain disorders, particularly disorders affecting the bones or cardiovascular system.
The age-old mantra of move more, eat less is too simplistic and you risk missing out on vital vitamins and minerals if you just cut out meals. The word diet is loaded and many of us associate the word with meaning eating less but really, we should be looking more closely at what we are eating.
Fuel Your Body
No matter how active you are it’s really important you are fuelling your body to give it the energy it needs. It can be tempting to eat less when you are trying to lose weight and get fit, but you are putting yourself at risk of injury or illness if you are not properly fuelling yourself.
The important thing to remember is to try and make sure you are eating more healthy, nutrient dense foods and less of the foods that are high in salt and sugar (convenience foods and snacks such as crisps and biscuits). The government Eatwell Guide is an easy to understand example of what you should try to include in your meals to ensure you are getting the right balance of each food group in your meals.
To continue living an active life as we age it’s important to make sure you stay active and eat well. The current government guidelines suggest that older people (over the age of 65) should aim for 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week. You should also include at least 2 sessions a week where you focus your activities on strength, balance and flexibility.
Contact Amanda if you have any questions about good nutrition and exercise for a healthy lifestyle.
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