In a society where looking young and fit is a way of life — it’s no surprise that more and more Boomers are lacing up their sneakers and heading to the gym. (Pictured above is Bristol Village community.)
This is a great reason to get out of the house and get going. I’m glad I decided to do this particular post because it is also a wake-up call for me…a strange phenomena with how easy it is to put on weight when you move. I’m ready to lose this added baggage!
According to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a steady routine of walking can greatly reduce the chances of disability in later years. Walking or hiking also helps prevent or manage certain conditions like heart disease and high blood pressure, and can be done with your friends or significant other in remote areas of nature.
So, what makes walking or hiking the thing to do?
- Gets you out of the house
- You get to see the sky, feel the weather and observe nature which makes you feel more alive.
- You also observe other things you will never see from a car.
- You can walk just about anywhere, but neighbor parks like we have within Bristol Village is great, or just walking around your neighborhood.
- If you walk with someone or in a small group, it is a great way to socialize.
- Solo walking gives you time to clear your mind and think if you want to.
- As you walk, waive or say Hello or Good Morning to those who you see especially other walkers and running. Stop a moment to chat.
- You will feel better.
- You can challenge yourself after you have been walking for awhile to either go farther or faster or both.
- Walking a few times a week or everyday gives you an activity to look forward to.
- Lose weight and get heart healthy. This probably should be reason number one.
- It’s cheap and easy to start.
With age comes wisdom, a full life, and discounts on movie tickets and rental cars. But as your body moves through—and beyond the shifts of change, biology does throw a few whammies your way in the weight gain department: About 10 pounds, on average, according to San Francisco–based functional medicine specialist Marsha Nunley, M.D..
And then there’s your musculoskeletal system. Your bone density begins to decline steeply about a year after your last period, placing you at risk of fractures. What’s more, if you’ve put your fitness on the back burner, you may be starting to feel aches in your joints and soft tissues.
If you want to bank on one area for success, it is your nutrition. What you eat is far more important than what you do. It’s just that simple. Assess your diet along these lines:
- Cut back dramatically on grain-based carbohydrates like bread, pasta, crackers & chips, baked goods and just about all the stuff packaged in a box or bag. Your pantry is literally full of crap you should just throw away.
- Stop adding sugar to anything like your coffee, tea, on your oatmeal or on top of your grapefruit. Sugar is not your friend.
- Liquid carbohydrates like pop, fruit juice, energy drinks and beer have to be trimmed as well. Liquid carbs are digested very quickly and cause a huge insulin spike which ultimately ends up with the storage of fat around your belly or elsewhere.
- Replace all these undesirable carbs with fresh fruits and vegetables and good natural sources of quality fat. Sugar and cheap carbs are the enemy, not fat. Eat avocados, coconuts, olive oil, meat, fish, fowl, eggs, nuts and seeds to get plenty of good fat in your diet.
Walking is the perfect work out for Boomers because it’s a low-impact way to support weight loss, boost mood and body image, and forge connections to a supportive community.
I love walking through the wooded park areas and neighborhoods in the Bristol Village community. (Pictured above is Tranquility Park which has beautiful paths to stretch your legs.) Pick your time, you’re walking partner, don’t forget your sunscreen, and head out daily to conquer the world!
Not only does Bristol Village have beautiful parks to discover outdoors, we also have an indoor walking track that gets plenty of usage during the winter months.
So, what are you doing to trim down your belly fat? Join the dialogue and let us know your trade secrets, tips, or suggestions.
As always, I am…a hiking Boomer Explorer.