Sunday, June 23, 2013
Here's what I've learned about weight management in a nutshell.
For me, it's easy to exercise, so nutrition is the bedrock of my weight. If my weight it going up its because of the food I'm eating.
I tend to overdo everything, so I think my previous plateaus have all been about overtraining and not paying enough attention to nutrition. Exercising 24 hours a day doesn't cause me to lose weight and will only get me injured and/or exhausted.
I take a much lower key approach to exercise now. If I'm exercising over a 1.5 hours, its way too much. Less is more for me in my stage of life. I walk (hard or somewhat hard) for an hour three times a week with a friend. I love this and its social too! I weight train three days a week on alternate days. Mostly core work (it helps me in ADL) and adding upper and lower body moves when I have time. I spend about 10 minutes a day stretching--it keeps the aches and pain from taking over my life. And then I stay active by filling my days with outside activities.
After all these years of trying too hard to stay fit, I am truly enjoying my life and have the energy to do the things I love. This is what fitness means to me now. But this is me and I'm 54, it may not be true for you.
Sparks to your day!