As people grow older, their metabolism starts to slow down so even if you maintain the same level of physical activity as you have regularly done, you may notice that you are still gaining some extra pounds and inches. This just means that you have to increase your level of physical activity to compensate for your body’s dwindling metabolic rate. Getting in shape does not mean however that you should instantly drive down to the nearest gym and get a membership. You can still be fit without spending money at the gym by incorporating additional activities to your daily routine or taking up a new hobby. To give you some ideas, here are some activities that can help you to avoid gaining those extra pounds.
Take a Walk
Brisk walking for 30 minutes a day will help you maintain your current weight, which means that if you want to lose weight then you need to walk longer. Ideally, it should be 45 minutes a day. A lot of people however would complain that they cannot find time to walk. With a little strategy, it is very easy to incorporate this in your daily routine. For instance, when you are driving to work in the morning, avoid parking in front of your building. Instead, park a couple of blocks away and walk the remaining distance. On your lunch break, you can also spend around 15 minutes walking around the block. After dinner, you may take your dog for a walk so you can both have exercise.
Do Some Gardening
You may wonder how gardening can help you get in shape but if you have not noticed, garden work is not really easy. You have to carry heavy pots, squat repeatedly, reach up to hanging branches, dig on hard ground and walk as you tend to each of your plants. The reason why most people have not considered gardening as a means to keep fit is because it is an enjoyable activity so you hardly notice all the movements that you are making. You can spend the entire morning gardening and not even realize it, unlike in the gym where you can hardly wait for an hour to pass. According to studies, if you weigh 160 pounds, you can lose 347 calories per hour whilst gardening. The amount of calories burnt will depend mainly on your body weight. Now that you know this, you had better get your pots, shovel, rakes and pruners ready for your weekend gardening.
Learn to Dance
It is never too late for you to learn how to dance. In fact, ballroom dancing has gotten the rave the past few years, especially to the elderly who have gotten bored of spending their Friday nights at home. If you want to lose a lot of calories and if you are still not too old you can try some jazz or belly dancing or even join a Zumba class. These types of dances really require you to move a lot so you can burn more fat. Joining a dance class is also a great way to meet new people who share the same passion. Most of all, dance classes are not that expensive and it can really help tone up your body.