Fit Fuel for Boomers

Many things change after age 50—especially your diet and exercise needs. Next Avenue, a PBS website that focuses on helping fiftysomethings navigate the second half of life, recommends the following eating and drinking strategies to get the most from your 30- to 60-minute workout:

  • Increase protein: Aging adults need more protein to preserve muscle and promote bone health.
  • Reduce carbs: Our need for carbs pre- and post-workout decreases the older we get.
  • Drink plenty of fluids: The body’s fluid-balance mechanism is less effective as we age, making it necessary to hydrate. Push the fluids before and after a workout to replace fluids lost during sweat.
  • Boost omega-3s: Polyunsaturated fats found in fatty fish like salmon and sardines are considered heart-healthy foods, and they also are linked to muscle building, an important post-50 concern.
  • Take multivitamins: Calorie consumption wanes as we age, which means important vitamins are not being consumed, particularly vitamin B, a riboflavin believed to be an essential building block during exercise.

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