Although you’ve probably heard the saying that 40 is the new 30, one thing’s for sure, and that is the fact that once you do reach the big 4 – 0, you begin to notice subtle changes in your body and to your physique. You probably experience certain aches and pains that don’t seem to go away as quickly as they used to. You probably find yourself feeling tired and lethargic more often than normal, and you probably find it easier to gain weight, and much more difficult to lose weight. Pretty much none of us want to be fat and overweight, and if we had the choice, the majority of us would much rather have a set of six pack abs along with a lean and muscular physique. Whether you’re trying to lose significant amounts of fat in order to really transform your body, or if you’re simply looking to drop a few pounds to look, feel, and be healthier, the fact of the matter is that no matter how old you may be, it is still highly possible for you to lose the weight you want to lose, providing you know what you’re doing of course.
Change the foods you eat – When most people try to lose weight, they embark on diets in which they eat foods they don’t enjoy that they would normally not look twice at if they weren’t dieting. Eating in this way is not beneficial in the long run because you’re not enjoying what you’re doing. The trick is to change the foods you eat, but to ensure that you actually enjoy them. If you enjoy stir-fries for example, instead of oil, use low calorie cooking spray. Little changes like this mean you can still eat the foods that you enjoy, while still losing weight. If you enjoy curries perhaps, take a look for some healthy curry recipes and substitute fattier cuts of meat for leaner cuts of meat, and getting your servings of vegetables. As simple as this sounds it can go miles for your health and longevity.
Do slow and steady cardio – As we grow older, our metabolisms naturally begin to slow down, and there is little we can do to change this. As a result, high intensity based cardio workouts are not as beneficial because they work on the principle of boosting the metabolism for several hours following the workout too. If your metabolism is still not what it was, you just won’t lose as much weight as you could. Instead, opt for slow and steady cardio over a prolonged period of time. Steady state cardio is ideal as it keeps things ticking over nicely, providing you with adequate weight loss over a prolonged period. Walking, light jogging, cycling, or swimming are all fantastic examples.
Play sports with a friend – Exercising alone is boring, there’s no getting around that, and if something is boring, you won’t enjoy it and you’ll be more likely to quit. A great way of really shedding the pounds is by doing something you enjoy, such as playing sports and games. If you enjoy squash for example, why not recruit a friend and play once or twice a week. You will burn a lot of calories, and as you’re with a friend doing something you both enjoy, it won’t even feel like exercise, but more like fun instead.