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Two Easy Ways To Lose Unhealthy Belly Fat for Seniors

Updated on January 22, 2016


This article is NOT about dieting. You should know what not to eat. White bread, ice cream, cake, cookies, bagels, white rice, muffins, and pasta are out. Fiber, fruits, vegetables, and nuts in small portions are in. You know the drill.

This article is about losing belly fat by starting out with simple (and fun) activities. You can choose to invest a few bucks for your health or spend nothing. It's entirely up to you.

Honestly, the best way to lose body fat after 50 happens to be strength training (see http://hubpages.com/health/Best-Way-To-Lose-Body-Fat-For-Women-Over-50). That can be a daunting way to start losing belly fat, so I'm starting with two gentle approaches. After a few months using these approaches, you may opt for strength training.

Making the First Activity Interesting

The first activity can be boring, but it doesn't have to be. Yup, increasing your activity levels by walking the dog can be boring. Who really likes to walk the dog(s)?

Here's several suggestions for making walking more interesting. You don't need to spend money to walk, but accountability helps considerably. Invest in a pedometer or Fitbit, or get a free app for your smartphone to measure your progress.

  • Walk with a companion (besides your dogs). If you like to socialize, walking with one or more of your peeps will make this activity less of a chore. Plus, your friends will hold you accountable. Competition makes for a fun activity.
  • Too cold to walk outdoors? Try a DVD designed for indoor walking. See this suggestion to make your indoor "walk" something to look forward to: Leslie Sansone: Walk Off Fat Fast. Leslie has many DVDs for walking. The ones I use allow me to step up the miles walked at any time.
  • If you're a serious competitor, read the next section on Fitbit challenges.


How Fitbit Turns Walking Into a Social Media Challenges

I have a Fitbit HR. I was trying to target more steps per day than the usual 10,000. Turns out you can have contests with your Fitbit pals anywhere in the world. A smartphone or PC app collects stats and compares them to yours.

Try and beat the members of your group via Fitbit social media. I saw one group where a member walked more than a million steps in a month. That's 1,000,000 /30 = 33,333 steps per day.

Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband (Black, Small (5.4 - 6.2 in))
Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband (Black, Small (5.4 - 6.2 in))

The Fitbit Charge HR counts steps, miles, calories, floors, and heartrate AND monitors your sleep. Since proper sleep contributes to weight loss, making sure you get quality sleep is critical.

 

Sample Fitbit Group

This Activity Serves Many Purposes

The second activity to lose belly fat is deceiving. You can invest ten minutes or twenty minutes doing Qigong, the epitome of baby boomer exercising. Simple flowing and stretching movements can get your day started or calm your stress.

I really love these "exercises." If you wake up with stiff knees and joints, Qigong helps gets the parts moving smoothly.

You can get a Qigong DVD on Amazon for a few dollars (see Lee Holden's Qi Gong for Self-Healing). Lee Holden's instruction is effortless. There's no big learning curve here!

And if you think there's no gain to be had by using Qigong, see if you're a little sore after the first few days of trying the movements.

What else would you like to know about these activities?

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    • vmills profile imageAUTHOR

      vmills 

      2 years ago

      The good news is that these activities are simple and easy. The not-so-good news is that eventually you will need to step up the activity to continue losing weight.

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