Fit for life
When I was in my 20s, I could wolf down copious amounts of food without it impacting my weight. I had a healthy appetite and a healthy metabolism, too. In the good old days, I remember having two servings of rice for lunch sometimes because one didn’t fill me up.
Of course, it is now common knowledge that basal metabolic rate drops as we age. According to the American Council on Exercise, it decreases one to two per cent per decade. Personally, I started feeling it when I entered my 30s. I had to exercise a little more to maintain my weight, and cut down slightly on my food intake.
Losing muscle and bone mass happens as we age as well. Now that I’m in my late 30s, I’ve switched my fitness routine and do more strength training and weight bearing moves instead of just cardio-based activities. This allows me to continue to build and sustain muscle as well as bone mass.
This is why I’m a big fan of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). It builds strength and endurance. Plus, research has shown that, thanks to excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, it torches calories long after the workout is complete. In layman’s terms, this refers to the additional calories you burn after exercise while your body is recovering back to its normal resting state.
So if you’re looking to lose excess kilos, HIIT is definitely the way to go. Need recommendations? We tested a bunch of fat-burning fitness classes, including those that incorporate training at high intensity. Check out the list on pg 42 in this issue’s Slim And Trim weight-loss special, which also has nutrition and lifestyle advice. Happy reading!