I'm over 40 and began excersizing two years ago because my health was declining rapidly because of inactivity and a bad diet.
Have been doing some research about food and quickly found out that prepackaged foods and beverages with added sugar are to be avoided at all costs, or at least minimize consumption of it.
Lost 10kg weight in the mean time and feeling a lot healthier physically but also mentally.
Absolutely agreed. Mostly, few people care about their health and would rather take it for granted, i.e. unless faced with a condition. As you said, packaged foods are one of the main culprits leading to decline in health, gradually, hence less visible & rarely alarming. Once you realize this and take a step towards healthy living by avoiding junk & overtly sweet/salty intakes, healthy weight loss is a given for sure.
I'm not really a social or sports person and don't like excersizing indoors so I've taken up jogging and I used to cycle 200km a week to my work, but now I work closer to home so I jog more often now.
Personally, sports serve me well as there is a double benefit of physical activity as well as enjoyment(also helps in venting out job frustrations by means of smashes 🤣) in doing it. Ultimately, exercise or sports, whichever it is, what matters most (apart from convenience) is:
a) Stimulation of ample blood flow to all parts of the body ensuring the nutrients reach all the nooks & corners(i.e. if the nutrients are there in the first place 🤣 )
b) Aiding in removal of old/damaged cells and paving way for the new ones, yay, rejuventated feeling.
c) Trigger a sound sleep in the night which is absolutely essential(hugely overlooked by me before).
I'm closer to 50 than 40 and have changed my diet and been working out for a few years now. Cut out all soda, 80% sugar and gluten, and regularly take some pretty amazing health supplements. Because of this I was able to eliminate blood pressure medication. My weight is the same as it was in high school and upper body strength is greater than it was back then.
Great to hear that you got rid of medication and not put on extra weight even when nearing 50. Hope to be like that, without a visit to doctor, as long as possible, like now. Supplements, not so sure, as you may be aware, it depends on certain conditions.
Because I'm so introverted, I do not like going to gyms, so my exercise consists of mostly push ups and chin ups in the house. I can do 15 chin ups consecutively and 60-70 push ups (60 more typical, but I've been able to reach 70 a couple of times).
Is that 70 continuous, in which case, hats-off to you.
High school physical education instilled in me a rather powerful distaste for organized sport. It was several years later that I developed a great enthusiasm for group aerobics classes, particularly Step. See, there are no famous Step celebrities competing for the Step championships who are endorsing Step equipment that people can use to make YouTube Step videos. You go to a Step class because you choose to, and you do what everyone else does, and really you're the only person who cares what you're doing.
As there was no 'meaningful' & 'disciplined' physical education during my school days, it was quite the reverse for me. We used to play all sorts of sports just for the fun of it and hence the enthusiasm. Glad that you found your calling in Step.
There is something powerfully, existentially liberating about the whole business.
Don't we all need that, time to time 🤣.
it seems to me sooner or later something horrible happens to everyone's knees no matter what they are doing (or not doing). I eat an uninspired high-protein diet mostly because I don't really like cooking.
Atleast you can postpone the knee issues to late 60's or 70's on a healthy and active lifestyle imo. Anything more than needed, protein, carb or fat, is extra work for the body and probably not useful as a whole.