I’ve had 25 year olds crash on me during a boxing session many times over this year. They complain they’re ‘out of shape’. I tell them ‘just wait ’til you get to be my age….get up! I’m old enough to be your mother!’ That’s when they ask me how old I actually am and what I eat for breakfast…No folks, I don’t eat nails for breakfast. Typically, I eat fresh oatmeal (overnight cold or cooked) with fresh fruit, or a dollop of greek yogurt over fresh fruit. A hard boiled egg with a slice of toast and fruit is nice on a weekend when there’s more time. If you’re over 50 years of age and want to elevate yourself to super hero status, read on….
Contrary to some beliefs, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It literally means ‘break fast’, because way back in the olden times, there was a gap from the last meal of the day to the next day’s first by approximately 12 hours. Breakfast literally meant to ‘break the fast’ from the prior evening. The American Heart Association has concluded that people who ‘eat breakfast daily are less likely to have high cholesterol and blood pressure, and people who skip breakfast — about 20 percent to 30 percent of U.S. adults — are more likely to be obese, have inadequate nutrition, show evidence of impaired glucose metabolism or be diagnosed with diabetes.’ This means a HEALTHY BREAKFAST!! http://newsroom.heart.org/news/meal-planning-timing-may-impact-heart-health But eating a healthy breakfast doesn’t give you a ‘free ticket’ to eat poorly for the remainder of the day. Here are a few tips to help you be fitter, faster, live longer and healthier:
Eat your larger meals earlier in the day: this allows your body to metabolize and use those calories throughout the day. This also allows your body to process glucose more effectively and efficiently.
Don’t eat during late night/overnight hours: unless you are working the overnight shift, you should be resting and sleeping, not eating during the late evening hours.
Schedule your meal times: this gives your body a routine for processing nutrients. This helps your digestive system and overall metabolism. At the end of the day, your waistline will thank you for it. If you have difficulty wrapping your head around the concept, give this some thought: babies and children are fed at certain times of the day and only given healthy snacks intermittently (we only hope!). There is something to be said for this school of thought.
Portion control: you are what you eat. Recently, I travelled to the great state of Texas. I was appalled at the breakfast menus at any given restaurant….3 eggs with 3 types of cheese – fried, ham, bacon and sausage and your choice of fries or home fries…oh yes, the buttermilk biscuits – all on one plate. Can we say obesity, cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease? Many Texans are ‘big’….now I know why.
Last but not least….MOVE AND MAKE MUSCLES!!! For my fellow 50+ fans out there, read this: as we age, men lose bioavailable levels of testosterone and women lose estrogen. This affects muscle mass. Muscle mass burns more calories than fat, so the less muscle mass you have, the more fat your body will accumulate. I’ve seen many a person over 50 complain that they eat like birds, do cardio until they drop, but cannot seem to lose that extra 2 inches around their waist. Belly fat runs deep and can cause insulin resistance, inflammation (which can affect the joints), and cause your cholesterol to leap to new heights. WEIGHT TRAINING twice weekly in addition to cardiovascular exercise thrice weekly can help you build muscle mass and thereby burn more fat.
So, there you have it. All you need to get yourself fit and fabulous in no time. I’m wearing the same size dress I wore 15 years ago and in the same ‘walking around weight’. Obviously at 55, I’m slower than I was at 40, but there’s no grass growing under my feet and I can still hold my own at any gym. It’s all about lifestyle, folks. Life is short….don’t watch it go by from the sidelines. Get back in the game. Remember, Winners don’t quit. Quitters don’t win. Losers never try. See you at the gym or I’ll just see you out there!