Prince Deese, an All American Wrestler, a Hall of Fame Football Player, and a State Champion Body Builder, is a certified personal trainer and strength conditioning specialist. Prince Deese and Gina Deese own A.C.T. by Deese, a Fitness & Training Center in Greensboro, NC. Contact him at 336-617-5304.
Becoming sedentary and slowing down with age is quite common. As you age, adopting an active lifestyle becomes more important than ever! If you already were a fitness freak but the recent COVID-19 outbreak has thrown a wrench into your healthy lifestyle, eliminated your gym time, and made you intimate with your refrigerator you should know that you are not alone in this boat.
Losing those extra pounds and understanding how exercising regularly and consuming a balanced diet can save you from many dreaded diseases as you grow older is important.
Helps Improve Brain Health. Indulging in regular workout sessions and eating foods that are known to boost brainpower can help keep your brain active, optimize brain functions, and can also help prevent cognitive decline.
Boosts Self-Confidence and Betters Mood. Incorporating foods such as chamomile, turmeric, yogurt, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, etc. in your diet and exercising can help relieve stress. The endorphins that are produced with physical activity can reduce depression, anxiety, and sadness, and boost self-confidence.
Improve Sleep. Getting a good night’s rest after a long day is essential for your overall health. Exercising regularly and consuming healthy foods like walnuts, turkey, almonds, chamomile tea and many more can help you get sufficient sleep and wake up feeling refreshed and energized!
Helps Reduce the Impact of Chronic Diseases. Strength training can help alleviate problematic symptoms that come with chronic medical conditions like arthritis. Exercising regularly can also help improve digestive functioning and strengthen the immune system.
Helps Lose or Maintain Weight. Metabolism tends to slow down naturally with age. Therefore, maintaining or losing weight becomes a challenge. Eating right and exercising helps build muscle mass, increase metabolism, and burn increased calories. When it comes to eating healthy, it is essential that you focus on minimally processed, whole foods that your body requires as you grow older; the more natural the food, the better. Creating a diet that is balanced and right for you might require some experimentation.
If you suffer from serious health issues such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, it is important to consult a doctor before indulging in intense workout sessions. Spread activity across three or four days a week to avoid feeling exhausted and getting hurt.
As you start settling into your new, active lifestyle, you will gradually understand which types of foods and exercises have negative effects on you and which ones make you feel more energized. Try listening to your body and understanding what’s good for you!