Is one of your ‘excuses’ for that extra weight you’re carrying around that you’re not as young as you used to be? Yes, you might not be as active as you were when you ran around all day as a kid. But, often weight gain as we age is just a slow accumulation of the increased stressors that we’re faced with. There’s actually no physical reason why you can’t be a lean machine at 30, 50 or 70 for that matter. So, if that’s your goal, make sure you’re using these 5 tips to help you stay lean at any age.
1. Don’t Skimp on Sleep
Sleep is arguably the most important thing when it comes to staying lean. It’s an ESSENTIAL part in recovering from working out but also regenerating and letting go of everyday stresses. Think of exercise and other stressors as debits and sleep as credits. If you overdraw your account, you’ll have a hard time achieving anything.
And, this rolls over to your diet too. When you’re tired, do you feel like eating more and crave treat foods? If so, it’s a natural way to make sure you’ve got enough energy to power your tired body through the day. But, your metabolism also slows down so you can run on less while you store those excess calories as fat.
2. Look After Your Mental Health
Not only does feeling down make you want to eat more and do less, it also creates a negative mindset that affects every single part of your life. A happy mind generally makes healthier choices so if you’ve been feeling stressed, anxious or unhappy, find a way to deal with your emotions and/or improve your situation.
This might be as simple as talking to a friend or practicing gratitude. Or, it might involve a more major shift like changing jobs or leaving an unhappy relationship. Regardless, being unhappy with some aspect of your life is an all too common reason that people overeat, skip the gym and end up piling on weight.
3. Practice Mindful Eating
If you often eat in front of the tv or at your desk while you work, STOP IT! Mindless eating is one of the major reasons that people eat more than they really want. Why? Simply because you’re distracted and therefore, not in tune with your natural satiety signals. Mindful eating i.e. focusing on your food also helps to improve digestion which can help you to stay lean at any age too.
4. Create Healthy Habits
Have you ever heard the saying that you’re the average of your five most common habits? This might be your five most eaten foods, five most common thoughts, five people you spend the most time with.
Take an honest look at your most regular habits. Are they healthy ones that lead to staying lean? Or, is there room for improvement?
5. Show Up to Your Healthy Lifestyle Every Day
Consistency is king when it comes to staying healthy and lean at any age. That means, make working out and eating whole foods a normal part of your routine and prioritise these two things so they’re not the first thing to get dropped when life gets busy.
Need Help Getting Lean?
Follow these 5 tips to help you stay lean at any age and you’ll soon learn that getting older isn’t a one-way street to weight gain. If you’d like some help in creating a healthy eating plan, effective workout routine or with the motivation to stick to it, contact me today.