My scale and I go way back. You might say we have a love-hate relationship. In fact, my scale is a bit of a narcissist – demanding center stage in my mind where it wields more power than it should.
It’s fond of reminiscing about the previous day’s consumption.
Nuts, yeah they’re healthy, but probably not when you eat 5000 calories of cashews. And speaking of calories, wine has more than you think.
It’s time to de-friend this time guzzling device. But first – a word about our changing metabolism.
Yesterday a woman at my hair salon lamented, “Once I turned 50, it seems I gain weight after just two bites of cake.” She’s right. According to Women’s Health, “Our metabolism takes a nosedive over the years.”
In our 20s, our metabolism peaks. We burn the maximum amount of calories just by being alive. In our 30s, muscle mass reduces and our metabolic rate drops. By the time we’re in our 50s and 60s, our hormones are depleted and we need to reduce our caloric intake substantially just to maintain our weight.
That scale gleefully reminds us Boomers that we are not in our 20s anymore. Or 30s. Or 40s. Or 50s. Thank you so much.
But there’s a silver lining.
We don’t have to run a marathon or swim a mile, or even jump rope. We can give our metabolism a kickstart by building muscle through strength training.
Women’s Health says, “Building Muscle is Non-Negotiable! People who lift weights put on less belly fat as they age than cardio bunnies. Strength training gives your metabolism the biggest boost after your workout ends. A woman who was sedentary in her twenties and thirties can actually have a higher metabolic rate in her forties if she exercises.”
OK, a personal trainer is expensive. And so is a membership to a gym where we may not darken the door.
How about trying this 15-min workout? All you need is a couple of 3-10 pound weights.
In addition to trying this workout, I’m going to give my scale a talking-to.
You are not even in the Friend Zone.
You are free to date other people.
Today’s Takeaway –
-Let’s skip the scale and be nicer to ourselves.
-Let’s dust off the dumbbells and try for 15 min a day while watching Good Morning, America. Our bodies will thank us. Plus, we get to drink more wine!
Enjoy the ride!
xox Barclay and Joy