Obese older adults can still improve their quality of life by adding exercise to their routine. A recent study looked at 180 generally healthy, sedentary, non-smoking, obese adults aged 65 to 79. All participants were put into a supervised exercise program. They were divided into 3 groups: exercise only; exercise and 250 calories less than normal; and exercise and 600 calories less than normal.
The best overall group to gain benefits was the exercise with 250 calorie reduction. Exercise and a small calorie reduction (250 calories less per day) showed the same health benefits as exercising and a calorie reduction of 600 calories per day.
Exercise often makes you hungrier, which can make weight loss difficult. But even small calorie restriction (one less snack or eliminating a few slices of bread) coupled with exercise can boost your overall health. It is difficult to maintain an aggressive reduction in calories for a long period of time.
Older adults even obese older adults who are healthy can live independently longer and reduce their chances of a health disability.
If you’re hoping to keep mobility and ability as you age, even if you’re overweight, stay active #HealthStatus
- 1You are never too old to benefit from a change in your diet or activity levels.
- 2Regular exercise helps ward off the affects of aging.
- 3The hardest part of any exercise program is starting.