“Exercise for Weight Loss” is an article series detailing the most successful exercise strategies that can be used to assist in speeding up the weight loss process, and help you end-up with a sleek, toned physique once your bodyweight gets down to your goal-weight. 

What to do if you’re ‘older’

If you’re ‘older’ – by this I mean anyone later than mid-fifties who hasn’t been involved in athletics their whole adult life – then this one’s for you. I imagine that just reading an article about exercise for weight loss makes you feel tired and sore, right? You know you should do it, but you don’t know what to do. So let’s help you with that.

So, here’s the thing…

The older you get, the more you need to focus on retaining your body’s strength so that you are strong enough to function ‘usefully’ in your daily life. What do I mean by useful? Well, if you lie down on the ground, and getting up is a struggle, then your usefulness in life is already compromised. What if you fall over? Will you be able to get up by yourself? Are you able to carry your own shopping bags? Are you able to do some of the hobbies you love like gardening. If you said ‘no’ to any of these, you need to increase your strength!

You want to be able to move freely, and you want to be able to perform normal functions, like standing up, with ease. Having that kind of strength means you can be useful in all aspects of life. It also means you can be happy to participate in various things you may otherwise avoid.

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So, you ask, now we’re NOT exercising for weight loss? Well, yes and no.

You see, strength training is possibly the best way to exercise for weight loss anyway, because if you combine it with a good diet plan, you’ll be expending lots of calories while you build a better looking (and functioning) body.

So training for strength takes care of the big problem (growing old usefully) and also the smaller one (getting rid of excess fat for better health and appearance).

So where to start?

Learn to do push ups – the proper kind – and then get yourself to fifteen in a row. You CAN do it. And make sure you can do twenty-five air squats without a break. Next week we’ll discuss step two.

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