Fit at Fifty and Beyond: A Balanced Exercise and Nutrition Program
by F. Michael Gloth, Rudy Speckamp (Contributor)
Series: A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: DiaMedica; 1 edition (April 28, 2009)
As people reach their fifties, the body’s metabolism slows. Without a change in eating or exercise habits, it’s common to put on weight and become less able to perform routine physical activities. Fit at Fifty and Beyond provides practical suggestions for eating and exercise that help readers look and feel better as the years go by. Beginning with a discussion of how evolution made it possible for humans to store energy efficiently — which translates into weight gain as we age — the authors spell out a strategy for eating and exercising wisely. Sample recipes translate the guidelines into healthy and delicious meals, while the chapters on exercise offer tips on choosing an exercise program that corresponds with each individual’s personality and favorite activities. By taking these simple steps as early as possible, readers can stave off or even prevent many of the effects of aging.
This is an older book (1999), but full of helpful information. One of the things the author says is that you shouldn’t concentrate on the number on your scale. Instead, go by the changes you see in your body. If you do weight yourself, do it first thing in the morning. Workouts should also be done in the morning if possible, but anytime you can do it will benefit your health. I’ve always relied more on how my clothes and body felt than I did on the scale. I’ve also always tried to workout first thing in the morning because if I didn’t, I may not get it done.
When eating healthier, I’ve always given myself one day a week to eat something I’ve been craving. Having that day to look forward too really helps me stick to the plan the rest of the week. The author agrees on that.
There are a lot of subjects in this smallish book including Getting Started, Maintaining Your Diet & Exercise Lifestyle When You Travel, Nutritional Supplements/Dietary Considerations/Food-Medication Interactions, Defining What’s Right For You and some Recipes. There are a lot of photos of different exercises with instructions on doing them which will be helpful to anyone just starting to workout.
There really isn’t any new information in this book for people who are knowledgeable in this area, but it is a helpful guide for someone who is 50 or over and is just learning or wants a refresher course. It tells you how to start eating healthier, some exercises you can do at home or away from home, what to eat after you exercise, what multivitamins and minerals your body needs and more. The most important thing he says is, (at least to me) that we need to drink a lot of water. I try to drink 80-100 oz. of water a day and I know I feel better when I do.
Overall, this is a good book and I enjoyed reading it.