Just because we're pensioners doesn't mean we can't look good, right?
Stylish, sexy pensioners are all over the place now. They take care of their looks, dress in trendy clothing and have fabulous waistlines that would make even 20-somethings insanely jealous - just look at Mary Berry, the Queen of old timer beauty and fashion.
So how do we maintain that sought after hourglass figure when our bodies don't quite bounce back like they did when we were younger? Easy! By making just a few small changes to your diet, you can ensure you're not only healthy on the outside, but healthy on the inside too.
1. Opt for Healthy Choices
As we age, we naturally start to slow down. It's inevitable. Few of us are able to maintain the pace we could when we were younger, and our bodies begin to burn fewer calories. This is especially true for people with mobility problems who use aids such as wheelchairs or stairlifts in the home, for example.
Therefore, to ensure we're not taking in more calories than we require, it makes sense to opt for healthier food choices that contain fewer calories.
Switching from whole milk to semi skimmed milk, for example, is a tiny change, but it's one that can have big effects. Similarly, try swapping out creamy soups for broths, or sugary tea for natural fruit juice. You may be surprised at how much of a difference these little dietary changes can have.
2. Eat at Mealtimes
Have you ever noticed that you're not quite as hungry as you were in your teens, or that you don't crave food as much as you used to?
A reduced appetite is completely normal. Unfortunately, this means that many pensioners skip meals altogether.
If you're trying to maintain a healthy weight, this may seem like a good idea, but it can leave you weak, both physically and psychologically.
Regardless of whether you feel hungry, your body needs fuel. Try to set a reminder for mealtimes and, if you're not hungry, just have a small snack to give your body a little boost.
If you plan on keeping active during retirement, you really will need to ensure you take in enough nutrients to keep you going.
3. Choose Foods Wisely
Eating crisps and chocolate all day long sounds delicious, but these types of foods aren't doing you or your body any good.
Try to choose foods that will benefit you, help to keep you strong, while being tasty at the same time. Some of the most important things you can put into your body at this time in life are Vitamin C and Vitamin D, for strong bones and to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and protein which helps to build muscle mass.
Lots of fruits and vegetables should be on the agenda (always keep a well stocked fruit bowl to hand!), along with lean meats such as chicken. Also be sure to stay well hydrated - it will help your muscles to function.
4. Eat More When You Need More
If you've had a fall or injured yourself, you'll need to give your body time to heal. Healing takes longer when we're older and our bodies are really put under pressure.
During times of recovery, your body will naturally require more calories as it expends so much energy trying to heal itself. If you need more food, then eat more food! One of the worst things pensioners can do is diet as it means they can't possibly be taking in everything they need.
Use your initiative here. Don't pig out for no reason, but if you feel you need to eat, then eat. No one's going to stop you!
It's not just the youngsters who can be healthy and sexy, us old timers could certainly give them a run for their money! Follow these easy tips and you'll be well on your way to being the proud owner of a healthy, vivacious and stunning body.
Post provided by stairlifts.co.uk, a mobility equipment supplier specialising in everything from traditional straight stairlifts to modern and contemporary outdoor stairlifts.