As Later Bloomers, we want to make the coming decades our most creative and productive, so health is crucial. In the next three installments, I explore why most people get fatter as they get older and the real secret to losing weight.
What About Aerobics?
I have a friend who maintains that despite spending 60 minutes on a treadmill 5 times a week for 3 months, she didn’t lose a pound. She eventually blamed her metabolism and gave up—for good.
I wondered if she’d been sneaking a pint of Hagen Daz after her sessions, since she said her thyroid was normal.
Before my hysterectomy, I walked 2 miles, 3 times a week. In six months, I lost only five of the 35 pounds I’ve put on in the last six years. I became convinced my hormones had morphed into little gremlin fat horders, finding new and interesting places to hide their stores. I silently apologized to my friend.
You’ve probably heard some version of this:
Your metabolism slows by 5 percent each decade. Compared to age 25, you’ll burn about 100 fewer calories a day at 35 and 200 fewer at 45. Do nothing, and you could gain eight to 12 pounds a year. —Madelyn H. Fernstrom, Ph.D
Which sounds exactly like what happened to me. Vindicated?
Not completely. You certainly don’t want to spend every minute on a treadmill (physically or metaphorically). What’s the solution?
Post image, left to right: Wendy Ida (56), Ray Moon (83), Tosca Reno (52) got in the best shape of their life through bodybuilding.