Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Senior Weight Management
For the last handful of years, I’ve felt like a bit of a master of senior weight management. I haven’t had any real struggles with keeping my weight in around where it should be. Then I looked at the scale last weekend and noticed that I’m up five pounds from where I was a couple of years ago. That doesn’t sound like much, but if it happens again in two years, I’ll be up ten pounds.
For me, the toughest struggle for senior weight management is with the pounds that very slowly creep up. They’re so slow that I don’t even notice them over the short term. I’m glad I’ve kept a record of my weight over time because it has made it easier for me to be able to watch my trends. If I hadn’t kept a record, it would have been at least a couple more years before I’d notice my slow weight gain.
I’m now getting things back under control, so I thought I’d share the senior weight management tips I’ve been practicing.
My Top Senior Weight Management Tips
I have no interest in doing a weight loss diet. My best senior weight management advice is to make changes you plan to stick to forever. There’s no point in doing something that will come to an end because the weight will only return afterward. My focus is on doing things that will have a positive impact on my health and waistline at the same time.
Make Your First Meal of the Day a Healthy One
I’m not preaching the importance of a good breakfast. Maybe you don’t eat breakfast and just have a coffee or tea in the morning. That’s your choice. But when you do eat your first meal of the day, make it a very healthy one. Begin your day with a focus on senior weight management and nutrition. If you start off eating badly, you’ll likely write off nutrition for the rest of the day. But if you start off great, you’re more likely to want to keep up the streak.
Exercise Every Single Day
This doesn’t mean I’m going ham every day. However, a central part of my senior weight management is to walk, swim, lift hand weights, do Pilates, do yoga or do tai chi every day. I think it is an essential part of my mental health, my physical health, my fat burning and my muscle preservation.
I Watch Less TV
When I watch TV, I’m completely sedentary. So, I watch less of it and do something even slightly active, instead. I try to cap my TV watching at no more than 2 hours per day.