Health & Nutrition - - FITNESS FORUM -

We’re con­stantly re­minded that weight loss will help our hearts, our joints, and ev­ery­thing else. But as I’ve got­ten older, it seems harder to lose weight, even though I’m try­ing. Any sug­ges­tions? Meera Sax­ena, Mum­bai

As you get older, the bat­tle against the bulge does get tougher! That said, the war is not lost! It is pos­si­ble to im­prove your fit­ness, lose weight, im­prove your mo­bil­ity and joint strength at any age. Ex­er­cise and be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive can help achieve all of the above. As you age, your me­tab­o­lism tends to slow down due to loss of mus­cle mass. In­cor­po­rate weight train­ing into your rou­tine to in­crease your BMR. In­crease phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity lev­els in your daily rou­tine by walk­ing short dis­tances, climb­ing stairs in­stead of tak­ing the el­e­va­tor and stand­ing and mov­ing in­stead of sit­ting or ly­ing around. Also, mon­i­tor your diet. Eat small, sen­si­ble and bal­anced meals. Avoid sweets and fried foods. A sound nu­tri­tion plan cou­pled with an ex­er­cise reg­i­men can help you achieve the weight loss you de­sire.

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