DDE: I keep fit and healthy by walking every day right after my morning bath. I look forward to this ...rain, shine, flood, blizzard...I don't miss a day. I also park my car far away from the grocery store or any other place I go so that I have to walk.
I fear atrophy...I have seen it happen to people who raised me...after they reached a certain age they started to SIT...they lost interest in going places, and moving their bodies. One person who raised me let herself get stagnant...it was awful...she got ill and by the time she had surgery, she could not even stand up in rehab, as she had let her body atrophy through inactivity. She died 6 weeks later.
We HAVE to keep our bodies moving every single day. This is vital. Also, as people get older, they have to eat wisely and NOT SNACK in between meals. I went to a high school reunion last year and was shocked at how my classmates had let themselves go. Some were unrecognizable...I could only identify them by their name tags. Each year that passes, we must be vigilant about eating less and exercising more.
I weigh about 15 pounds more than when I graduated. I am determined to either stay at that weight or lose.. I maintain by eating 2 meals a day: lunch and dinner. I keep an eye on my weight...so that I do not go over...and, when lucky, sometimes I lose a couple pounds. I do not eat a morsel of food after 6:30 p.m.
I do the math...if an individual gains 10 pounds a year, in five years they will have gained 50 pounds. And as one grows older, it is harder to take off that much weight.
I do love desserts, and I confess to having dessert almost every night...But I eat a lot of vegetables. I don't handle fruits because I have GERD and Barrett's Esophagus, and the acid in fruits tends to give me major heartburn...although I can handle a banana or an apple.
This is my personal regimen...Healthy? I hope so! I have had my share of surgeries over the years...but that is another subject altogether.
Thank you for this great question. Blessings, Sparklea :)