The body changes more and more as it ages, altering things from your hair, nails and weight to the internal aspects of the bones, heart, lungs and more. No matter what body shape you begin with, it will definitely change as you get older. In fact, it would be naive to believe a certain state could be maintained for an entire lifetime.
This everlasting metamorphosis can be determined by many factors that you can and cannot control, depending on diet, exercise, sleep patterns and smoker status.
Here is an overview of the aspects of your body that you can expect to change, and some suggestions to make sure you embrace them in a positive way.
In order to get the best out of the changes that are going to occur as you venture through the wonder that is life, you need to take care of your body, ensuring a healthy diet is being practised.
Generally, the fat carried in our bodies increases as we age, whereas muscle mass, lean tissue and the density of bones decreases. The percentage of fat carried in the body is a current concern in the increase in obesity. A regular exercise scheme combined with a healthy balanced diet is crucial.
Our weight as a whole is never the same on one day, it fluctuates due to our calorie intake, and we can appear slimmer first thing in the morning compared to last thing at night. In order be of a good healthy weight (especially as we get older) it is important to maintain the recommended, healthy BMI of 19-25.
In a healthy adult, muscles contribute 40-50% of total body weight. Loss of muscle tissue, resulting in becoming weaker (known as sarcopenia) is a result of lack of activity that challenges your muscle system.
Muscle is heavier than fat however burns more calories than fat. Having more fat than muscle can cause implications for the overall health and weight of your body, along with causing a loss of strength at an earlier age.
In order to prevent the percentage of fat in your body overtaking the percentage of muscle you must remain physically active, including resistance exercise which will help to maintain your muscle mass throughout your life.
It seems unlikely, but not only can the width of your body change, but the height. 20% of total body weight is made up by the bones. We lose on average 1cm in height, roughly every ten years. The loss of height is very small and occurs gradually but the average person can lose 1-3inches in height overtime.
This comes as a result of changes in the mass of bones, muscles and joints as the body ages. In order to maintain the density and mass of the bones, a healthy balanced diet is absolutely pivotal.
Ensuring you eat a variety from each of the food groups will strengthen all aspects of your body, along with calcium products contributing to the bone mass. This will slow down the process of height loss, of which is understood to accelerate on average at the age of 70.
Coming to terms with the fact that the body will change as we age and not necessarily in a good way can be hard to deal with. By following some of these useful tips and knowing your body shape according the facts provided, the changes will impact positively.
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