It’s no secret that as we age it becomes harder and harder to stay trim and in-shape. A classic excuse for this is blaming the extra pounds on a slowing metabolism, the calorie-burning process that our bodies execute naturally. But this may not be the real reason behind extra weight gain that seems to build up out of nowhere. A study performed by the National Institutes of Health has found evidence that age-related weight gain is more associated with activity patterns as opposed to a change in our metabolism. The study suggests that our natural metabolic functions experience little change after the age of 30.

 

Regular movement is the key to keeping off those pesky extra pounds. Whether it’s a brisk walk or a session in the gym a few times a week, any form of activity is greater than none. Moving and breathing are the most effective ways to stay in-shape, no matter you age. It’s never too late to adopt a healthier lifestyle. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

 

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