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Adventures in Retirement Managing your body for continued good health

Written by Bill Leavitt. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on February 06, 2019 with No Comments

Many people don’t realize that your body is designed to help you maintain a healthy condition.  For example, your body tries to keep your weight at a constant level. That is, if you are underweight you will find it difficult to gain weight if you have been underweight for a long time.  Similarly, if you have been overweight for a long time, you will find it difficult to lose weight.  This is the body’s way of keeping you healthy.

While your body’s reaction to losing or gaining weight can make it work against your efforts to lose or gain weight, there is a way to make it work for you.  It is difficult to change your weight, but it can be done with patience and discipline. If you want to lose weight, you will have to overcome the body’s attempt to keep you at the same weight.  However, once you lose a certain amount of weight and keep it off for a while, it will become easier to lose even more.  Once you achieve your desired weight level and keep your weight there for several weeks, you will find it easier to maintain that new desired weight level.

The same is true with fitness.  If you are out of shape, you will find it difficult to improve your fitness level.  But when you reach a desirable fitness level, it will be easier to maintain that level.

Unfortunately, with age it becomes even more difficult to improve your fitness level or change your weight.  Thus, it is wise to maintain a healthy fitness and weight level from your middle-age years.  If you maintain a reasonably good fitness level and healthy weight in your forties and fifties, it stands to reason that if you are slimmer and fitter, you are also less likely to have problems with your joints, such as your knees, hips, ankles, and shoulders.

A little discipline in your younger years can pay handsome rewards in your retirement years.

All opinions, conclusions and recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bill Leavitt is a retired technical writer from Valparaiso and the author of a guide book to retirement entitled Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure.  The book can be purchased for $13 (plus tax) at Remarkable Book Shop in Merrillville and the Visitor’s Center in Hammond.  For more information on how to purchase, visit RetirementLifesGreatestAdventure.com.

 

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bill Leavitt is a technical writer from Valparaiso. After retiring from a large corporation in Chicago, he did technical writing consulting for many companies. He currently teaches part-time at Purdue University Calumet. You can order Leavitt’s book, “Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure,” by sending $16.65 (includes shipping and sales tax) made payable to Write On Technical Writing, Inc., P.O. Box 132,Valparaiso, IN 46384-0132. Or, visit RetirementLifesGreatestAdventure.com for more information.

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